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Senate approves bill making Utahraptor state dinosaur
Lisa Riley Roche
“Standing on a chair to address the Senate, 10-year-old Kenyon Roberts displayed his knowledge of dinosaurs to senators after they passed a bill designating the Utahraptor as the state dinosaur.
Roberts was the reason behind SB43, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, said. Bramble said Roberts, the son of a friend, convinced him to put aside his cynicism about state symbols.
The bill, which passed 26-0 and now goes to the House, initially would have replaced another dinosaur, the Allosaurus, with the Utahraptor that was discovered in Utah as the state fossil. But Bramble said he ended up just adding a new state symbol.
Several senators referred to Roberts’ appearance before the Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee last week, where he showed off his knowledge of dinosaurs.
“This bright young man made us look really not so bright,” said Senate Minority Whip Karen Mayne, D-West Valley.” (…) READ MORE
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