NH lawmakers honor students after raptor debacle
CONCORD (AP) - New Hampshire lawmakers have passed a resolution to formally encourage student participation in government even as the legislators are being lampooned nationally for mocking what started as a civics lesson for fourth-graders.
The House passed the resolution Wednesday following much-criticized and publicized debate over whether to name the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor. As the students who championed the bill watched, one lawmaker invoked abortion and others called the students' effort a waste of time.
Blowback was swift. National media wrote about the comments, editorial writers blasted lawmakers and comedian John Oliver shredded them on his HBO show.
Also Wednesday, the co-sponsor of the students' bill apologized for his colleagues' actions and said he told the kids: "We're really not as mean and cranky as we were that day."