New Hampshire senator resurrects kids' hawk bill after flap

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Posted: Mar 30, 2015 4:26 PM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — This bird's best friend may be a cat.

The highly-publicized and unsuccessful bill proposed by a group of fourth-graders to designate the red-tailed hawk as New Hampshire's official raptor is back. It will be added to a Senate bill seeking to name the bobcat the state's official wildcat.

The hawk bill failed March 12 after a debate in which one state representative invoked abortion, arguing that the bird rips apart its prey "limb by limb" and would make a good mascot for Planned Parenthood. Other lawmakers said the students' effort was frivolous and cut into time that should be spent on more pressing issues.

Sen. Jeff Woodburn says he'll attach the hawk language to the bobcat bill to "right a serious wrong."