Senate Approves Bill To Make The Adena Pipe Ohio's Official State Artifact
Students from Columbus School for Girls testified in support of measure
April 10, 2013
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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin Bacon declaring the Adena Pipe as the official artifact of the State of Ohio. The idea for Senate Bill 33 was brought to the attention of Bacon and Senator Frank LaRose (R- Copley) by a group of students from the Columbus School for Girls, who have been studying the history of Ohio and investigating the origins of the Adena Pipe.

Crafted by the ancient Adena culture from pipestone, the Adena pipe was discovered in 1901 by William C. Milles in a burial mound near Chillicothe. Students from the Columbus School for Girls testified yesterday before the Senate State Government Oversight & Reform Committee in support of Senate Bill 33. The students noted that passage of the bill would make Ohio only the third state in the nation and the first in the Midwest to have official state artifacts.

“The Adena Pipe is a symbol of our rich prehistoric history in Ohio,” Bacon said. “The students at the Columbus School for Girls are truly impressive. They have been passionate advocates for this bill, and have learned how to traverse the legislative process during this project.”

Senate Bill 33 now moves to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration. Similar legislation has been introduced in that chamber by Representatives Mike Duffey (R- Worthington) and John Patrick Carney (D- Columbus).

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