Mona Shield Payne / Special to the Home News
Friday, March 8, 2013 | 2:29 p.m.
Admid good-natured barking from fellow lawmakers, Sen. Ben Kieckhefer introduced a bill to designate the blue Weimaraner as Nevada’s official state dog.
Of those senators interviewed, none have a Weimaraner and Kieckhefer says he owns a pug and a Labrador. But he said he’s doing it as a favor for a 9-year-old student at a Reno school.
The Weimaraner is used for such things as hunting chucker and bears. If Senate Bill 225 passes, the Weimaraner would join the mountain bluebird as the state bird, sagebrush as the state flower, silver as the state’s mineral and the black fire opal as the state’s official precious gemstone.
Kieckhefer, R-Reno, said the boy, whom he declined to name, did research and discovered the state did not have an official dog. The youngster and his classmates wrote Kieckhefer asking the Weimaraner be selected as the official state dog.
He said the student and classmates would be invited to testify at a hearing of the Government Affairs Committee and have a chance to see how government works.
But Kieckhefer conceded the chances are “pretty slim” in getting the bill passed.