Back Page: Lawmakers backpeddle after ridiculing children
CONCORD, N.H. — Lawmakers on Wednesday passed a resolution formally encouraging student participation in state government even as the legislators were being lampooned nationally for mocking what started as a civics lesson for fourth-graders.
The action in the House of Representatives follows the much-criticized and publicized debate over the students’ effort to name the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor. As the students from Lincoln Akerman School watched from the House gallery March 12, one lawmaker invoked abortion and others called the students’ effort a waste of time. One suggested the state would next be naming an official state hot dog.
The House defeated the kids’ bill.
— The Associated Press
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