Last fall, Sea View Elementary students sent a letter to Assemblymember Manuel Pérez asking him to create legislation naming the California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii) as our official state amphibian. Pérez drafted the legislation earlier this year and SAVE THE FROGS! has twice testified at the State Capitol on behalf of the bill (AB 2364). This morning the bill passed the Senate on a Floor vote of 24-9 and now heads to the Governor. You can help assure this bill becomes law by writing a 1-page letter of support, addressed to Governor Jerry Brown, and sending it as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday June 23rd, 2pm PST.
This legislation will help raise awareness for California’s amphibians; it will make it more difficult to harm the Red-Legged Frog as Californians will be more fond of it and therefore more protective of it; and it will ensure thousands of Californians learn about frogs when researching their state’s official wildlife in school.
“AB 2364 spotlights a species important to California history and ecology by making it a state symbol,” said Assemblymember Pérez. “But it is also meaningful to me because it demonstrates learning in action. The students came up with this idea, did the research and got involved in the legislative process. I’ve really enjoyed the experience working with them, and I’m excited that this is the first of my bills this year to head to the Governor’s desk.”