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New Mexico has 20 official state symbols and may have a 21st before this legislative session is over.
Senate Bill 109, introduced by Sen. George Munoz of Gallup designates the squash blossom necklace as New Mexico’s official state necklace.
Before you get upset about lawmakers wasting time with such trivia, let me say that bills such as this consume very little time and effort of legislators. They are indicative of a state’s culture and provide help in advertising.
Sometimes a new state symbol is the product of a class project from a school in the state. I often have wondered how much good school trips are considering the time, effort and money has to be put into the project.
But when the students come on a specific mission, they have a hook to help them remember the experience and to appreciate how our government works.
Sales of Indian jewelry are a significant aspect of tourism in this state and any help this can give to our economy isn’t wasted. Consequently the bolo tie was adopted as the official tie of the state a few years ago.
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