Salamander to be Idaho’s Next Emblem?

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The salamander admirers say resembles sections of Idaho’s topography is on its way to becoming Idaho’s official state amphibian.

The Idaho Senate voted 33-1 on Thursday. The proposal now goes to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter for his signature.

Fourteen-year-old Ilah Hickman has been lobbying the Idaho Statehouse for the past five years, attempting to convince lawmakers the Idaho giant salamander deserved to be the fourteenth state symbol.

Hickman’s proposal was the first bill to be killed this legislative session in a House committee. However, that same panel revived the bill in a surprise vote last week, where it then quickly cleared each pending hurdle.

The salamander lives almost exclusively in Idaho and can grow to be more than a foot long.