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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 3:52 pm

More state symbols

By Niki Kelly The Journal Gazette

Indiana could get an official state fossil and warbird this session.

Bills have been filed to add both to the state's official symbols, right along with the cardinal and the peony.

Senate Bill 114 would designate the elegant sea lily (Elegantocrinus hemisphaericus) as the official state fossil of Indiana. But the bill has been sent to Rules Committee and has not moved.

Senate Bill 370 got a unanimous committee vote Tuesday to name the P-47 Thunderbolt official state warbird. It was produced in Evansville from 1942 to 1945. The full Senate will vote next on the bill.

Other state symbols in law include a song ("On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away"), tree (tulip), stone (Limestone), rifle (Grouseland Rifle) and river (Wabash).

In the past, a few other state symbols have caught attention, such as Sugar Cream being the state pie. But that was a resolution and was not placed in statute.

nkelly@jg.net