6th-grader to House: Make Idaho giant salamander the state amphibian
Move over monarchs and mountain bluebirds: there could be a new state symbol coming to Idaho.
The Idaho giant salamander could soon join the state's other icons under a measure introduced in the House State Affairs Committee Wednesday.
Ila Hickman, a sixth-grader at Burley's White Pine Elementary, presented the proposal declaring the Idaho giant salamander as the state amphibian of Idaho.
She's been working on this since she was a fourth-grader and said 26 of her classmates support the bill.
Nampa Republican Rep. Brent Crane invited Hickman's fellow students to come testify on the measure.
Twelve-year-old Hickman said the salamander is a perfect fit because it bears the state's name — and its skin pattern resembles the state's Bitterroot Mountain Range, crossed by the explorers Lewis and Clark.
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