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Legislature shuts down bill to name golden retriever state animal



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SALT LAKE CITY — Despite the work of a fourth-grade class, the Utah Legislature rejected a bill that would designate the golden retriever as the official state domestic animal.

SB53, which was drafted with help of Daybreak Elementary School fourth-graders, made it all the way to last day of the Legislative session before the House voted to discard it.

Rep. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi, spoke in favor of the bill, saying while lawmakers are often criticized for hearing trivial bills, the bill should be supported because it engages Utah’s youth in the Legislative process.

“This was part of an educational process, and let’s respect that,” Anderegg said.

The debate concluded before any lawmaker spoke against it, but the bill failed on a 27-43 vote.

— Katie McKellar

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