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Just about every legislative session, taxpayers of New Hampshire are forced to support, and endure, another civics lesson for elementary school students learning how a bill becomes a law.

We've had the State Vegetable (potato), State Fruit (pumpkin), State Beverage (apple cider)--you name it--all at the behest of 3rd-and 4th-graders who've been able to buttonhole a state rep or two to sponsor their bill, which gets its hearings, its debate, its roll call vote, its governor's signature, and then it becomes a law.

Got that kids?

Anyway, the latest State Something is the brainchild of 3rd graders in Bradford, who've enlisted Rep. David Borden, a Dem from New Castle, to sponsor their bill.

But while these bills usually breeze through the legislative process, it's possible that this one might hit a speed bump or two.

That's because the boys and girls in Bradford want to name the mastodon the official State Fossil..

Which might break the hearts of at least half of the members of the House of Representatives who were vying for that title.

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Title Annotation:Flotsam & Jetsam; how a bill becomes a law
Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U1NH
Date:Nov 28, 2014
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