Rhode Island House votes to allow cockatoos on campgrounds

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — The Rhode Island House of Representatives has voted in favor of allowing parrots, parakeets, and similar birds onto state-owned campgrounds.

The House voted 72-1 to pass the bill Tuesday. House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan, R-West Warwick, cast the lone no vote. The bill now moves to the state Senate.

The legislation is part of a yearslong fight over letting a 23-year-old cockatoo named Tootsie onto Rhode Island campsites.

An earlier proposal was vetoed by then-Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a Democrat, in 2012. A second attempt stalled in the legislature in 2015.

Democratic state Rep. Evan Shanley said earlier this year he found a compromise after meeting with the state veterinarian and environmental officials and removing language that would have also allowed gerbils, turtles, and goldfish.

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