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Brownback coming to Hays for ceremonial signing





Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will fly into Hays on Wednesday for the ceremonial signing of a new law designating two state fossils.

The ceremony tentatively is planned for 3:15 p.m. Wednesday at Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

Brownback already has signed the bill into law, but Wednesday's event will highlight Sternberg and its fossil collection.

Sternberg Director Reese Barrick said the event tentatively is planned for the lobby, but he hopes to offer Brownback a tour of the museum, showing off the two state fossils, the Tylosaurus and the Pteranodon.

The Tylosaurus will be the state's marine fossil, while the Pteranodon will be the flying fossil.

Barrick, speaking via telephone from a fossil dig site in Gove County, said he's hoping the event will provide a photo opportunity of the governor in front of both fossils already on display.

The fossil bill passed the Kansas Legislature by overwhelming margins in both the House and Senate.

Its passage, however, appeared to be in jeopardy early in the Senate until Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, whose daughter testified in favor of the measure, helped apply pressure to get the measure before the full Senate.

Also testifying on behalf of the bill before both House and Senate committees was Sternberg adjunct curator of paleontology Mike Everhart.