Assuming Gov. Mark Parkinson signs the measure approved by the Kansas Senate on Wednesday, Kansans will be able to breath a huge sigh of relief.
Finally, Kansas has an official state grass.
According to news reports earlier this month, little bluestem was a compromise choice after the Kansas House rejected amendments to honor big bluestem, which is dominant in eastern Kansas, and buffalo grass, which is dominant in the west. Wouldn’t it be great if all such east-west conflicts in the state could be solved so easily?
The effort to name a state grass — to go along with the state bird, flower, tree, animal, reptile, song and soil — was pushed by a group of students from Johnson County. Such initiatives often are looked upon as a way to help students get interested in and learn more about the legislative process. Maybe next time such an effort is launched by Kansas school children, legislators could offer a lesson in how much it costs taxpayers to work bills that have questionable value to the state.
Most legislators contend that they really can’t get serious about balancing the state budget until after they receive additional revenue estimates next month, so maybe they have time to debate what grass best represents the state. It probably is a better use of their energy than approving a bill that would allow concealed guns to be carried on state university campuses, as the Kansas House did on Wednesday.
So let’s hear it for little bluestem, the latest official symbol of the state of Kansas. Long may it wave.