UT lawmaker wants state tree that isn't named 'Colorado'
Last Updated: 43 days ago
PROVO, Utah - A Utah lawmaker is pushing legislation to change the official state tree from the Colorado blue spruce to the aspen, saying his state should not have the same state tree as Colorado.
State Sen. Ralph Okerlund says it doesn't make sense to have a state tree with the word "Colorado" in it since the two states compete in tourism and other areas.
The Monroe Republican told Provo's Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/19HxYOa ) that the aspen seems to be "a better representative" for his state.
A bill to change the state tree was drafted at the request of Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, who left the state House of Representatives earlier this month to assume his current post.
But Okerlund says the movement for the change actually started with a fourth-grade class in Sevier County.
Gov. Gary Herbert's staff has said he's open to the change should the Legislature present the option during the next session.
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