State Amphibian Bill by Assemblyman Manuel Pérez Passes Assembly Floor

Sacramento, California - Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez reports that his bill authored together with local Sea View Elementary students, AB 2364, passed this morning on the Assembly Floor on a 52-8 vote.  The bill designates the California red-legged frog the state amphibian, adding it to the list of official state symbols.

“This bill highlights the significance of a species for our state’s history and ecology by making it a state symbol,” said Pérez.  “But this bill also represents for me the essence of learning in action. The students came up with this idea, did the research and have been engaging at each step of the legislative process. It’s been an inspiring experience to work with them.”

Late last year, Pérez was contacted by Sea View Elementary students, asking him to author a bill declaring the threatened California red-legged frog as the official state amphibian, to join other existing state symbols such as the grizzly bear (state mammal), sequoia (state tree), and California golden poppy (state flower).  A former educator, Pérez was very impressed with their enthusiasm for the legislative process and directed his team to build on the students’ work, leading to the introduction of AB 2364.

Earlier this month, two Sea View students, Samantha Lambarena and Freedom Payne, traveled up to the State Capitol to testify in support of the bill before the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife.  Accompanying them on the trip were their parents, their teacher, Ms. Virginia Haddad, school principal Dr. Timothy Steele, and school district superintendent Dr. Darryl Adams.  Also testifying at the hearing was Dr. Kerry Kriger, founder of Save the Frogs.

The bill now moves to the State Senate.

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