Landrigan: Red-tailed hawk bill is far from dead, NH Senate plans revival
CONCORD - It's an old adage that when it comes to legislation at the State House, nothing is really dead for the year until lawmakers go home for good.
Proving that point are some state Senators who are preparing to revive the bill fourth-graders had promoted, which touched off a raging controversy in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
NH1.com has confirmed that senators are poised to try to revive the bill designating the red-tailed hawk as the state raptor.
Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn, D-Dalton, said the best way to keep this cause alive would be to attach this bill to the House-passed measure that designated the bobcat as the state wildcat.
"This obviously would be a germane topic to add the red-tailed hawk bill to another one dealing with a state designation,'' Woodburn said.
The House passed the bobcat legislation earlier this month - a day before it rejected the hawk bill.
Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, sent the bobcat bill to the Senate Rules and Internal Affairs Committee, which is a panel that has few bills before it.
Before Morse taking over, this committee was often used as a dumping ground for bills that Senate leaders don't want to pass.
House Speaker Shawn Jasper, R-Hudson, Gov. Maggie Hassan and others criticized Rep. Warren Groen, R-Rochester, for comparing the hawk's sharp talons to the work of Planned Parenthood.
While Groen has declined Jasper's call for him to apologize, the House did approve a resolution encouraging students to stay involved and not get discouraged if their legislation fails.