Blue-catfish honor again shot down by Ark. panel

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A measure to honor the blue catfish as Arkansas' official fish is dead in the water for this legislative session.

A House committee on Wednesday again rejected a measure to honor the blue catfish as the state's official fish, even though sponsor Gregg Reep amended the bill to also include the smallmouth bass.

But the measure failed after members of the House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee questioned why the rainbow trout and brown trout were cast out.

It's the second time this session Reep's bill went belly up, and he cannot bring it before the committee again.

Not all bills in the genre have failed this session. Legislators earlier approved making the pecan Arkansas' official nut.

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