In 1997, the Nebraska Legislature approved Legislative Bill No. 106 (LB106) giving the governor of Nebraska the authority to declare official "state items" without legislative approval.
The channel catfish became the official state fish of Nebraska by declaration of the governor.
Because the channel catfish was "declared" the official state fish by Governor Ben Nelson, it is not listed among the Nebraska Revised Statutes.
The following is excerpted from the Nebraska Revised Statutes, Chapter 90, Section 90.119.
CHAPTER 90 - Special Acts.
Governor; designate official state items. The Governor may designate official state items, including animals, plants, minerals, and other things. Legislative approval of any such designation is not required. Any designation made on or prior to September 13, 1997, is not affected by this section.
Source Laws 1997, LB 106, § 1.
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