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Lawmaker to Oppose Naming State Butterfly

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (KMOX) - Whats down-right stupid and dumb?   One Missouri lawmaker says adopting official state birds, rocks and trees.

Missouri has the Bluebird, the Flowering Dogwood tree, the three-toed-box turtle, all designated “official.”   The official state song the Missouri Waltz.

Senator Kevin Engler thinks it’s time to stop all the special designations. “I think it’s stupid.  We’re having a difficult time getting things done as it is, and to continually subject this body to the ridicule that all we do is the ‘official Missouri and things’ is dumb.” said Senator Engler.

Missouri lawmakers are in the process of considering a state butterfly.  It would be the Fritillary butterfly.  Supporters say it would help tourism.

Missouri’s state animal is the Missouri Mule, the state fossil is the Crinoid, the state aquatic animal is the Paddlefish, the state fish is the Channel Catfish, insect is the Honeybee, Musical instrument is the Fiddle, state gradd is Big Bluestem, state invertebrate is the Crayfish.  Missouri even has a state grape, the Norton/Cynthiana Grape.

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