March 16, 2012
(Denver) –A bill designating the Western Tiger Salamander as Colorado’s state amphibian was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper today.
HB12-1147, introduced and sponsored by Rep. Angela Williams (D-Denver) and Sen. Joyce Foster (D-Denver), was initiated by students across the state who are tiger salamander enthusiasts. The students have been actively involved in every step of the legislative process to make sure this bill passed. Many children testified in support of the bill, noting the tiger salamander is found in all 64 counties of Colorado.
Rep. Williams said she was happy to support the students and their efforts on behalf of the tiger salamander.
“This is such a great way to teach students by showing them how a bill becomes a law,” Rep. Williams said. “Seeing their enthusiasm in the legislative process has been truly rewarding, and this experience can help shape these young minds into civically active adults.”
Sen. Foster echoed Rep. Williams’ sentiments.
“These students have worked so hard to see this idea become law so it was really rewarding to watch the governor sign this bill,” Sen. Foster said. “They have not only gained an extremely valuable educational lesson, but also a priceless life experience that they will value for the rest of their lives.”