SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers have passed a bill that makes the Utahraptor the state dinosaur.
The Deseret News reports that the designation was inspired by 10-year-old Kenyon Roberts, who stood on a chair on Monday to address lawmakers after they named the state dinosaur.
Kenyon’s father is a friend of the designation’s sponsor, Republican state Rep. Curt Bramble of Provo.
Bramble says Kenyon inspired him to put aside his cynicism about state symbols.
The original designation proposal would have replaced another dinosaur, the Allosaurus, with the Utahraptor that was discovered in Utah as the state fossil. But Bramble said he ended up just adding a new state symbol — the state dinosaur.
Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com