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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 16, 2016 12:34 PM
From: Representative Tina Pickett
To: All House members
Subject: Establishing Celestite as the State Mineral of Pennsylvania (former HB 564)
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation to establish Celestite as the state mineral of Pennsylvania.

The official symbols of the Commonwealth are important because they help to differentiate our state from others. Most states have an official state dog, tree and flower, etc.; all of which help to show what is important to that state.

I believe that denoting Celestite, more commonly referred to as Celestine, as the state mineral will not only pique the interest of school children across the state to learn more about Pennsylvania and its rich environment, but will also help educate the public about a uniquely beautiful mineral.

Celestine, which is found across Pennsylvania, is pale blue in color and is famous for its colorful combination of minerals. The name itself comes from the Latin word for "celestial" and alludes to the typical bluish color. It was first discovered here in Pennsylvania in 1791 and is also found worldwide.

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Introduced as HB278