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A Bill That Would Designate Pluto As The State’s Planet Passes Out Of Committee, Headed For Full House Vote

A bill that would designate Pluto as the state’s planet is one step closer to being a law. HB 2477 passed the House Government Committee today with a 8-1 bipartisan vote. The bill would give Pluto that distinction, even though the planet is officially referred to as a “dwarf planet.” The bill is sponsored by Tucson Representative Justin Wilmeth. He says “the discovery of Pluto at the Lowell Observatory is a testament to our state’s scientific legacy, and by designating Pluto as our state planet, we honor the curiosity and dedication of those who have expanded our cosmic horizons.” Pluto was discovered by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh in 1930. The next stop for the bill is the full House.

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