James Cutting is a fourth grade teacher at Lincoln Akerman School in Hampton Falls. As part of a lesson in how a bill becomes a law, he took his students on a field trip to the New Hampshire State House, where the children hopefully learned that anyone with an (R) after their name is a raging lunatic.
The students sponsored a bill of their own as part of the lesson. The bill was about as inoffensive as bills come; it would have made the Red Tail Hawk the official State Raptor for New Hampshire.
Sounds like an awesome lesson. The Republicans thought so too; that’s why, after the measure passed the Environment and Agricultural Committee with a majority vote, the Republicans in the house took the floor and used it as an opportunity to grandstand.
The fourth grade class watched from the gallery as Representative Warren Groen (R) used it to attack reproductive rights:
It grasps them with its talons then uses its razor sharp beak to basically tear it apart limb by limb, and I guess the shame about making this a state bird is it would serve as a much better mascot for Planned Parenthood.
And as Representative John Burt slammed the proposal because, and I’m not kidding, it would lead to them “picking a state hotdog”:
Bottom line, if we keep bringing more of these bills, and bills, and bills forward that really I think we shouldn’t have in front of us, we’ll be picking a state hot dog next.
Their bill died on the floor, with a vote of 133-to-160.