Unusual Bills At Capitol
Some of the bills at the Capitol deal with making the mountian lion the official state cat, or making the smooth chanterelle the official state mushroom.
Representative Shannon Cooper (R-Clinton) sponsored House Bill 576, naming the bob white quail the official state game bird.
"Some people argued we were wasting time, but this legislation, every piece of legislation is important to somebody," he said.
The Missouri General Assembly has dealt with around 2,000 bills this legislative session. Representative Bob May (R-Rolla) sponsored HB 680, making big blue stem the official grass of Missouri. He said this legislation was suggested by fourth graders from a Rolla elementary school.
"I saw this as an instance where students could be a part of the legislative process," he said.
The grass bill will cost taxpayers about $1,300 to implement. The quail bill is a bit cheaper at $1,200. Those costs come mostly from redesigning the Missouri School Information Packet to accommodate the growing number of state symbols. The legislative sessions ends on Friday, May 18.