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Dinosaur debate advances, but some oppose
The Kansas House advanced a bill to designate the Tylosaurus and Pteranodon as the official state fossils, but not before a lecture from a state legislator that the action was a waste of time.
"This foolishness has to stop sometime," said state Rep. Mike Kiegerl, R-Olathe.
He said the proposal would have no benefit and the Legislature should spend its time on school finance and funding services for those with disabilities.
But other legislators said designating a state marine fossil and state flying fossil would expose Kansas schoolchildren to the natural scientific history of Kansas.
And it would spur tourism, they said, especially at the Kansas University Natural History Museum and Sternberg Museum in Hays.
In fact, famous fossil hunter Alan Detrich will bring a juvenile Tylosaurus skeleton to the Statehouse on Thursday for display.
House Bill 2595 gained preliminary approval 93-13.