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Cumberland Elementary Students celebrate Say's Firefly Bill passing House

Elementary students in West Lafayette are celebrating a victory at the Indiana Statehouse.

Posted: Feb. 28, 2018 5:47 PM
Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 10:42 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Elementary students in West Lafayette are celebrating a victory at the Indiana Statehouse.
Yesterday the house passed a bill making the Say's Firefly the official state insect.

Cumberland Elementary students began to lobby lawmakers about four years ago.
As each year passed, the bill was never voted on.

Students continued writing letters and even spoke before the general assembly.
Governor Eric Holcomb showed his support in this year's state of the state address.

Happy Hollow fifth grader Kayla Xu started the firefly campaign when she was in second grade.
She says her patience paid off.

"I was getting a little restless in the third and fourth year. I was like, 'Geez. You guys need to -- there's nothing against this. It's just a state insect. It's a state symbol. The wheels of the government turn slow, but they do turn," said Xu. 

The bill passed with 93 'YES' votes to three 'NO' votes.

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