State Lawmaker Wants To Put End To Frivolous Bills In General Assembly
Posted April 10, 2003 5:09 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — Some bills in the General Assembly calling for state money is drawing the ire of a state lawmaker, who claims the frivolity is going too far. He claims the frivolity is going too far.
Rep. Mickey Michaux, D-Durham, cannot believe there is a law that makes the grey squirrel the official state mammal. It was passed before he was elected. The list does not stop there. There are more than 20 bills and it is growing.
"The state dog and the state tartan and all of these, I think it goes a bit too far," Michaux said.
This year, lawmakers are considering naming the Carolina Lilly as the state's official wildflower.
Everytime, state lawmakers write up a bill, it costs taxpayers money. The General Assembly spends nearly $4,000 a week on paper.
"We're going to have to put a stop to it somewhere down the line," Michaux said.
The state also has an official vegetable, insect and a rock.