January 4, 2016

Indiana Lawmaker Taking Up Cause To Declare A State Bug

Students at West Lafayette's Cumberland Elementary School sent state Sen. Ron Alting more than 800 postcards and letters seeking his help in their firefly mission. - file photo

Students at West Lafayette's Cumberland Elementary School sent state Sen. Ron Alting more than 800 postcards and letters seeking his help in their firefly mission.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state lawmaker bombarded by schoolchildren with requests for the firefly to be named Indiana's official insect says he's taking up their cause.

Students at West Lafayette's Cumberland Elementary School sent state Sen. Ron Alting more than 800 postcards and letters seeking his help in their firefly mission.

The students say it would be embarrassing if Indiana was the last of four states lacking state insects to declare a state bug.

Alting recently visited the school and told the students he'll push for state insect status for the firefly in the legislative session that begins Tuesday.

The Lafayette Republican tells The Indianapolis Star the persistent students "are tougher than any lobbyist I know."

Democratic state Rep. Sheila Klinker of Lafayette is also supporting the students' firefly campaign.

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