Students watch as Rep. Nesbitt introduces their butterfly bill

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Measure comes by suggestion of Mattawan children


A group of students from Mattawan who suggested that state Rep. Aric Nesbitt introduce legislation naming the monarch butterfly as the official state insect today watched their idea take flight.

State Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, introduces a bill in the clerk’s office to designate the monarch as the official state insect as schoolchildren from Mattawan look on. The students suggested the legislation, and today watched as their idea became a bill in the House.Rep. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, led the children into the clerk’s office as he had the bill enrolled. He also gave them a tour of the state Capitol and took them on the House floor.

“Monarch butterflies are often seen in great numbers along Michigan’s shoreline as they migrate to Mexico and Central America, so it’s just common sense that kids who grew up next to West Michigan beaches would want to make the monarch our state insect,” Rep. Nesbitt said. “They hatched the idea, told me about it, and today they saw how a good idea can become a legislative bill. They saw government in action.”

There is currently no official state insect. The schoolchildren from Mattawan Elementary and North Shore Elementary hope their suggestion for legislation changes that.

“I’m really happy the kids contacted me about this issue,” Rep. Nesbitt said. “They got to visit Lansing and have a firsthand lesson in government and civics.”

The monarch is already the state butterfly in Texas, Alabama, West Virginia, Illinois, Minnesota, Vermont and Idaho.