NH senator resurrects 4th-graders' hawk bill after controversy
CONCORD(AP) - This bird's best friend may just be a cat.
The highly-publicized and unsuccessful bill brought by a group of New Hampshire fourth-graders' to name the red-tailed hawk as the state's official raptor will be added to a Senate bill seeking to name the bobcat the state's official wildcat.
The hawk bill failed on March 12 after a debate in which one state representative invoked abortion, arguing that the bird rips apart its prey "limb by limb" and would make a good mascot for Planned Parenthood. Other lawmakers said the students' effort was frivolous and cut into time that should be spent on more pressing issues.
Sen. Jeff Woodburn, a Dalton Democrat, said Monday that he'll attach the hawk language to the bobcat bill to "right a serious wrong."
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