Bill to make Western Tiger Salamander Colorado's State Amphibian is now in the Governor's Hands
Student initiated legislation finds broad bipartisan support in the legislature
DENVER─ With its bipartisan passage in the Senate earlier this week, House Bill 1147, sponsored by Senator Joyce Foster (D-Denver), has now been sent to Governor Hickenlooper for his approval. This legislation designates the Western Tiger Salamander as Colorado’s state amphibian.
House Bill 1147 was proposed to House sponsor Representative Angela Williams (D-Denver) by students from local Denver schools. The bill initiators include Ninth-grader Larissa Babiak, fifth-grader Marko Babiak and second-grader Nicholas Babiak. More than 100 students came to the state capitol to show their support for the bill, and to testify on its behalf last week.
Western Tiger Salamanders live in all 64 of Colorado’s counties, and scientists estimate that they may have lived in the region for as long as one million years. Colorado already has a state fish, insect and reptile.
House Bill 1147 is also sponsored by Senator Nancy Spence (R-Centennial).