Thursday, February 24, 2005
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House Votes for Queen Bee Over Monarch Butterfly

Looks like Alabama will soon have a new state insect.
Rep. Sue Schmitz, D-Toney, said the queen honey bee should be the official state insect because it plays a key part in the making of honey and in the pollination of plants. She estimated the queen honey bee is worth about $400 million a year to the state's economy.

As Schmitz spoke in favor of making the queen honey bee the state insect, other legislators chanted "monarch butterfly" in the background.

"I do love the butterfly, but the butterfly doesn't bring us any revenue," Schmitz said.
They chanted? I daresay that our state legislators aren't affording this measure the seriousness it deserves.