Missouri lawmaker wants to cap state's 28 official symbols
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri could limit the number of official creatures, foods and other state symbols under a bill up for a vote in the House.
Republican Rep. Tom Flanigan's bill comes as lawmakers debate making "Jim the Wonder Dog" the state Wonder Dog and "Old Drum" the state historical dog.
Every state has a collection of official symbols. Missouri has 28. Iowa has the least with eight. Massachusetts has the most with 44.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Missouri's collection includes the state dinosaur (the hadrosaur), state exercise (jumping jacks) and state dessert (the ice cream cone).
Rep. Tom Flanigan, a Carthage Republican, is sponsoring the bill to block adding more Missouri state symbols.