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Update January, 2016

Tallahassee Democrat: One more campaign: Florida Scrub-jay for state bird by Rep. Mark Pafford

Update May, 1999

The bill was passed unanimously in a Senate committee, despite vigorous oppositon by Marion Hammer of the NRA, but failed to get onto the floor of either the House or Senate for a vote.

Petition drives are still underway. Rep. Futch and Sen. Kurth will continue the effort in the next legislative session.

A campaign is currently underway to designate the Florida Scrub-Jay as the official state bird of Florida. The current state bird is the Northern Mockingbird.

The Florida Audubon Society at their membership meeting last fall adopted a resolution to support this effort. Rep. Howard Futch filed a bill in the House of Representatives to make it official.

Brooksville's Moton Elementary Wildlife Ambassadors project is focusing on the Florida Scrub-Jay. The site contains lots of information and great photos.

Pro arguments include:

Con arguments include:

The text of the bill designating the Florida Scrub-Jay as the state bird:

A bill to be entitled
An act relating to the Secretary of State:
creating s. 15.051, F.S.; designating the
Florida Scrub Jay as the official state bird;

Be it Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:

Section 1. Section 15.051, Florida Statutes, is created to read:

15.051 Official state bird. -- The Florida Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma
) is designated the official Florida state bird.

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.

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