Lawmaker proposes 'high five' legislation

State Representative Courtney Allen Curtis introduced legislation to make the high five the official state greeting.

State Representative Courtney Allen Curtis wants to give the state a â??high five.â??

The democrat from Berkeley introduced HB1624 which would designate the â??high fiveâ?? as Missouriâ??s official greeting.

â??The high five is friendly, fun, and can lift spirits; and with tensions running high in the Capitol building, the high five might be just what Missouri needs,â?? he said in a statement. â??Both Republicans and Democrats are passionate about their issues, and sometimes that passion can cause our legislators to be on edge. An official state greeting could help to break up the monotony of the day-to-day work and promote a friendlier environment between both sides of the aisle.â??

Curtis said the bill was designed to hopefully get children involved in our political process because bills like these are used to engage kids.

Curtis added, â??Some states have their own official soft drinks and desserts. Missouri even has an official dinosaur. But we do not have an official form of the most basic human interaction: greeting each other. I feel that the high five is the perfect fit for an official state greeting because itâ??s a form of celebration and promotes positivity among our citizens.â??