By Danielle Niles, WBZ-TVBy Danielle Niles

WELLESLEY (CBS) – For the past five years, there’s been one prognosticator and tonight, there’s a push to get her the recognition she deserves. In early February, Ms. G., the groundhog, predicts a longer winter or early spring. Now, there’s a proposal to name her as the state’s official groundhog!

The joint committee on State Administrations and Regulatory Oversight held a one-time special hearing on the Ms. G Bill at Wellesley Public library where students were invited to speak on Ms. G’s behalf.

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“It’s about science, it’s about civics, it’s about their role in our political system,” House Chairman Peter Kocot says.

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State Rep. Alice Peisch (D-Wellesley) wrote the bill and is sponsoring it. “It’s an opportunity for them (the students) to learn about the political process and to see how a bill becomes a law, to see that they can have an influence on what the legislature does and I think it’s been a terrific experience for all involved,” Peisch said.

Right now, Ms. G is in a deep slumber, but she’ll awaken on February 2nd to give her prediction. As one Wellesley elementary student, Nalina points out, “Last year Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction was wrong and Ms. G was right!”

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The goal is not only to have a state groundhog with local forecast expertise, but also to encourage students to study weather. If you would like to read more about the Ms. G campaign initiative, and how you can help, check out her website: MAStateGroundhog.com