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May, 1999 Update

The bill was passed unanimously in a Senate committee, despite vigorous oppositon by Marion Hammer of the NRA, but failed to get onto the floor of either the House or Senate for a vote.
 
Petition drives are still underway. Rep. Futch and Sen. Kurth will continue the effort in the next legislative session.

 
A campaign is currently underway to designate the Florida Scrub-Jay as the official state bird of Florida. The current state bird is the Northern Mockingbird.
 
The Florida Audubon Society at their membership meeting last fall adopted a resolution to support this effort. Rep. Howard Futch filed a bill in the House of Representatives to make it official.
 
Brooksville's Moton Elementary Wildlife Ambassadors project is focusing on the Florida Scrub-Jay. The site contains lots of information and great photos.
 
Pro arguments include:
 
Con arguments include:
 
The text of the bill designating the Florida Scrub-Jay as the state bird:
 
A bill to be entitled
An act relating to the Secretary of State:
creating s. 15.051, F.S.; designating the
Florida Scrub Jay as the official state bird;
 
Be it Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
 
Section 1. Section 15.051, Florida Statutes, is created to read:
 
15.051 Official state bird. -- The Florida Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma
coerulenscens
) is designated the official Florida state bird.
 
Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.
 

 
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