Bill to anoint state snake slides through Senate panel

By Jim Nolan on February 22, 2016
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Want to get a bill passed at the Virginia General Assembly? You might consider hiring Aiden Coleman — age 11.

The sixth-grader from Berkeley Middle School in Williamsburg is a big part of the reason Virginia may soon have an official state snake.

Posted on 23 Feb 2016, 12:33 - Category: News



Berkeley student pushes to make garter snake state reptile

By Staff on January 28, 2016
The Virginia Gazette

A Berkeley Middle School student made a case this week for why the Eastern garter snake should be the state's reptile in Richmond. 

Aiden Coleman, 11, presented his argument to the House of Delegates' General Law Committee Tuesday on HB35, which would make the common snake Virginia's reptile. 

Posted on 11 Feb 2016, 9:43 - Category: News



Young snake booster wins House panel's favor for an official Virginia reptile

By Bill Sizemore on January 26, 2016
The Virginian-Pilot

Virginia seems on its way to boasting an official state reptile, and snake lovers have an 11-year-old boy to thank for it.

Del. Brenda Pogge, R-James City County, let her young constituent Aiden Coleman do most of the talking Tuesday when the House of Delegates’ General Laws Committee took up her bill, HB335, bestowing the state’s official imprimatur on the Eastern garter snake.

Posted on 11 Feb 2016, 9:39 - Category: News



After box turtle's failure, Virginia's official state reptile could soon be a snake

By Dave Mayfield on January 9, 2016
The Virginian-Pilot

Twice, the Eastern box turtle came up short in its crawl toward designation as Virginia’s official state reptile.

This year, a creature of a different order will slither home with the prize if state Del. Brenda Pogge has her way.

She’s betting on two other long-revered symbols of Virginia’s natural beauty and the passion of an 11-year-old boy to help win the fight.

Posted on 12 Jan 2016, 18:33 - Category: News



Historic Triangle Legislators Talk Budget, Transportation at Forum


By Kirsten Petersen on January 7, 2016  
WYDaily.com

Legislators representing the Historic Triangle in the Virginia General Assembly shared their outlook for the upcoming session during a forum hosted by the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance.

Posted on 12 Jan 2016, 18:31 - Category: News



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