Rhode Island House votes to allow cockatoos on campgrounds

FILE - In this June 23, 2011, file photo, a Puerto Rico parrot is pictured inside a fly cage at El Yunque National Forest protected habitat in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. Scientists released on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, 16 endangered Puerto Rico parrots into the wild amid a growing push to save the U.S. territory's last native parrot species. Local and U.S. officials have been working to increase the population of a bird that saw its numbers dwindle to 13 in the early 1970s. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — The Rhode Island House of Representatives has voted in favor of allowing parrots, parakeets, and similar birds onto state-owned campgrounds.

The House voted 72-1 to pass the bill Tuesday. House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan, R-West Warwick, cast the lone no vote. The bill now moves to the state Senate.

The legislation is part of a yearslong fight over letting a 23-year-old cockatoo named Tootsie onto Rhode Island campsites.

An earlier proposal was vetoed by then-Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a Democrat, in 2012. A second attempt stalled in the legislature in 2015.

Democratic state Rep. Evan Shanley said earlier this year he found a compromise after meeting with the state veterinarian and environmental officials and removing language that would have also allowed gerbils, turtles, and goldfish.