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Kansas Senate OKs little bluestem

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:45 pm
by edfrank
Kansas Senate OKs little bluestem
By Tim Carpenter

http://cjonline.com/news/legislature/20 ... e_bluestem

March 24, 2010 - 8:05pm
The Senate made short work Wednesday of a bill designating the little bluestem as the official state grass.

Members voted 37-2 for House Bill 2649 following a brief discussion over merits of the designation. The brevity of their consideration stood in contrast to the House's debate on the same bill, which was marked by challenges on behalf of buffalo grass and big bluestem.

Sen. Pete Brungardt, R-Salina, said momentum for little bluestem had been building for several years. The initiative was launched by students at Shawnee Mission South High School in Johnson County, he said.

"The people that bring this to us are serious about it," Brungardt said.

Senate concurrence sent the measure to Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson. His preference on the issue of a state grass has yet to be articulated.

If he signs the legislation, little bluestem would take its place among other state icons. That list includes the state's official amphibian, the barred tiger salamander; animal, American Buffalo; bird, western meadowlark; flower, sunflower; insect, honeybee; reptile, ornate box turtle; soil, Harney silt loam; and tree, cottonwood.

Re: Kansas Senate OKs little bluestem

Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:29 pm
by Gary Smith
Those vast grasslands across the middle of America must have been a real sight to see.

Pinehill bluestem, a variety of little bluestem, is an integral part of what remains of the western portion of the longleaf pine ecosystem.