DENVER (AP) – Shelter dogs and cats could be designated Colorado’s state pet with a bill under consideration by lawmakers.
The bill cleared a House committee on a 6-5 vote Wednesday. The proposal was brought forward by Colorado schoolchildren.READ MORE: Colorado Makes Historic Investment In Early Childhood Education: 'This Is Life Changing Policy'
Colorado already has an official state animal, the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and a state bird, the lark bunting. Opponents of the bill say it creates a designation for a business transaction and that some of the shelter dogs and cats are possibly not even from Colorado.
Supporters say the bill helps schoolchildren learn about the legislative process and sends a positive message about caring for animals.READ MORE: Smith Hill Fire Southeast Of Golden Gate Canyon State Park Fully Contained
The Senate has already approved the bill.
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