04/11/19 -- HB 407 -- Designates the hellbender salamander as the official endangered species of MO
HB 407, introduced by Representative Jeff Justus (Republican - District 159) designated the hellbender salamander as the official endangered species of Missouri.
This bill was debated for far too long on the House floor. Several Democrats decided to turn the issue into a discussion of the current status of pollution in Missouri's waterways, which while relevant conceptually, was completely outside the scope of this bill. I nearly voted against this due to how much time it consumed.
Despite my temptation, the bill itself is harmless so I still voted in favor out of respect for the bill sponsor. Also, I like salamanders.