Relating to designating the monarch butterfly as state butterfly
2023 Senate Bill 443 and Assembly Bill 446 would designate the monarch butterfly as the state butterfly in the same way that the badger is designated as state animal and the sugar maple is designated as state tree.
1 The monarch butterfly is an endangered species, having lost 90% of its population since 1990. This bill will increase awareness of the plight of the monarch and encourage people to stop the loss of butterfly habitat.
2 The monarch butterfly is a charming and beloved creature that people like to see. This bill will increase tourism by stimulating people’s interest in observing the monarch at nature centers and business developments.
3 Butterflies help pollinate fruits that are part of our food supply. It is in the interest of the human population to keep butterflies healthy and prospering.