Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Reptile Bill Passes Committee

HB 1017, the bill that would designate the Western painted turtle as Colorado's state reptile, was endorsed by the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs committee yesterday. Every member of the committee except Rep. Doug Bruce, R-Colorado Springs, voted "yes," including conservative Republicans Kent Lambert of Colorado Springs and Kevin Lundberg of Berthoud.

If designated as an official Colorado mascot, the Western painted turtle would join the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, Colorado blue spruce, columbine, Greenback cutthroat trout, Lark bunting, aquamarine, rhodochrosite, yule marble, the stegosaurus, blue grama grass, "Rocky Mountain High" and the square dance in being the subject of such recognition.