3:27pm

Wed May 8, 2013
Politics

Colorado's New State Pet And Other Designations

Now that the General Session at the capitol has adjourned, the countdown is on for our favorite act from this session.

Update 11:56 a.m. Monday 05/13/2013:

Earlier in the morning, Governor Hickenlooper visited the Denver Animal Shelter to the signing of SB201.

Our original post continues:

The act, "Concerning the designation of dogs and cats that are adopted from Colorado Animal Shelters and rescues as the state pets" was proposed by some young students from Peakview School in Walsenburg. It also was one of the few bills to receive bipartisan support from lawmakers this session.

The act is to take effect "following the expiration of the ninety-day period after final adjournment of the general assembly (August 7, 2013, if adjournment sine die is on May 8, 2013)." As we learned from the Speaker of the House Mark Farrandino, Wednesday:

And in the Senate:

With the 2013 session at the statehouse wrapped up on time, the clock starts on the ninety-day period. For the legislatively inclined, the bill [.pdf] reads:

24-80-910.5. State pets. DOGS (CANIS LUPUS FAMILIARIS) AND CATS (FELIS CATUS) THAT ARE ADOPTED FROM COLORADO ANIMAL SHELTERS AND RESCUES ARE HEREBY MADE AND DECLARED TO BE THE STATE PETS OF THE STATE OF COLORADO.

Now that we've updated you on the latest state designation, take a minute and think back to what else you know about the Centennial State.

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