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Bill designating New Hampshire state raptor sent to governor

May 27, 2019

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An effort hatched four years ago to designate the red-tailed hawk as New Hampshire’s official state raptor is finally close to completion.

The House gave final approval to a bill making the designation on Thursday and sent it to Gov. Chris Sununu, who supports it.

It originally was proposed by Hampton Falls fourth-graders four years ago, but it was killed after House lawmakers rejected the bird as too violent and one lawmaker injected the issue of abortion into the debate. With students looking on from the gallery that day, the legislator said the hawk would make a good mascot for Planned Parenthood because it tears its prey apart, “limb from limb.”

Now in eighth grade, the students lobbied for a new bill wearing T-shirts that said “Our Second Try to Live Free & Fly.”

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