Landrigan: NH Senators back off on reviving red-tailed hawk controversy - for now
CONCORD - "We believe a formal recognition of the bobcat comeback can lead to increased visitors and revenue as people come to visit wild New Hampshire,'' says one articulate, fifth grader to the Senate Rules Committee today.
"These fourth and fifth grade students at Wells School in Peterborough make a compelling case for naming the bobcat as the official, New Hampshire wildcat.
But what of the red-tailed hawk? NH1 News first reported senators were looking for a way to revive that idea which students from Hampton Falls came up with that the House condemned and killed.
"Whether the red-tailed hawk amendment is coming back later will be determined at that time so I think we are keeping our options open on that,'' said Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn, D-Dalton.
Senate leaders did vow to add to another bill a legislative study into guidelines for naming such things in the future.
"That's the whole point of having parameters around the naming so that everybody knows how things will happen,'' said Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro.
Bradley said he decided to find another home for the study into the naming process so that the bobcat bill could pass cleanly.
This week's NH1 News Political Report gives further information on the House-Senate rivalry that has broken out over what to do about the red-tailed hawk bill.