Las Vegas Students' Bug Bill Introduced

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A bill designating the Vivid Dancer Damselfly as Nevada's official state insect has won unanimous support in the state Senate and is on its way to the Assembly.

Sen. Joyce Woodhouse, D-Henderson, and Assemblyman Lynn Stewart, R-Henderson, co-authored SB166, which got quick action in the Senate following its March 4 introduction.

Fourth grade students from John R. Beatty Elementary school in Las Vegas won a statewide contest to select the 1 1/2-inch-long winged creature and chose it because it is blue and silver, the official state colors of Nevada.

Educators previously said the contest taught students about teamwork, scientific thinking, deadlines, witting skills, Internet research methods, Nevada history and the legislative process.

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