Bill for Indiana insect championed by students moves forward

The bill for the Say's firefly to become the state insect was unanimously passed by the Senate's public policy committee on Tuesday.

Posted: Feb. 7, 2018 1:55 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A four-year legislative fight for a state insect that has been championed by elementary school students has taken a big step forward in the Indiana Statehouse.

The bill for the Say's firefly to become the state insect was unanimously passed by the Senate's public policy committee on Tuesday. The bill now moves to the House.

Previous efforts in both the House and the Senate haven't made it out of committee hearings.

Eleven students from Cumberland and Happy Hollow elementary schools traveled to the Indiana Statehouse to debate their case for the Say's firefly on Jan. 31.

Student Kayla Xu has worked on the project since the 2014-15 school year. She told the Senate committee that choosing the insect would draw people from across the country to visit Indiana.

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