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Senators vote to drop 'Asian' from carp name

ST. PAUL - Minnesota legislators have been trying to get rid of Asian carp for years and on Monday senators got rid of the 'Asian' part of the name. On a split voice vote, senators approved dropping "Asian" from the invasive carp name. "Words mat...

ST. PAUL - Minnesota legislators have been trying to get rid of Asian carp for years and on Monday senators got rid of the 'Asian' part of the name.

On a split voice vote, senators approved dropping "Asian" from the invasive carp name.

"Words matter," Sen. John Hoffman, D-Champlin, said in urging the change.

"We may not be able to stop others from using the terminology," he said, but the state does not need to use the term "Asian."

Sen. Foung Hawj, D-St. Paul, said the state needs to do a better job of being sensitive.

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The provision was included in a larger bill.

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