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New law names Oklahoma's official astronomical object

Posted at 9:04 PM, Apr 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-22 22:20:15-04

OKLAHOMA CITY — Several bills were signed into law by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday.

As you may expect, there were bills covering transportation, agriculture, elections and public health.

And then there was a bill adopting the Rosette Nebula as the official astronomical object of the State of Oklahoma.

House Bill 1292 passed the Senate 31-12 last week. It sailed through the House 88-9 in March.

Authored by Rep. Nicole Miller (R-Edmond), the official state astronomical object act will become effective in November with a slew of new legislation.

The senate version was authored by Sen. Rob Standridge (R-Norman).

Lawmakers told the Oklahoman earlier this week they believe designating a state astronomical object will have an impact on tourism, since stargazing is such a popular activity in the panhandle, especially at Black Mesa State Park.

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