Tennessee has official state flowers, rocks, songs, fish, birds, bugs, drinks and just recently, a state dog (Go Smokey!).

So why not a state tool?

Before you go making jokes, this is serious.

There really is a proposal before the state legislature to name the ladder as Tennessee's official state tool.  

It was filed this week by Senator Ed Jackson, a Republican from Jackson, and Rep. Chris Hunt, a Republican representing Lauderdale, Crockett and Haywood Counties.

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The lawmakers give no explanation in the bill summary.

If passed, the bill summary said it would "take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring." 

Here are Tennessee's other official symbols: