Governor Kenny Guinn signed Senate Bill No. 347 on May 8, 2001, designating a tartan, designed by Richard Zygmunt Pawlowski, as the official state tartan of the State of Nevada.
Senate Bill No. 347 was sponsored by Senators Dina Titus, James, and McDonald and introduced in the Senate on March 14, 2001.
Representatives of the Nevada Society of Scottish Clans, the St. Andrews Society of Southern Nevada, the Desert Skye Pipes and Drums Band, and private citizens, including tartan designer "Rick Pawlowski," testified in favor of adopting an official state tartan.
Mr. Pawlowski said he created, over a 2-year period, the proposed state tartan that is visually pleasing and representative of Nevada. He stated the colors and pattern were chosen for specific reasons, as outlined in the bill. Once the proposed tartan is registered with the Scottish Tartan Society, Mr. Pawlowski explained, the copyright would be public domain for the state of Nevada and there would be no legal ramifications for its use or display.
The following information was excerpted from the Nevada Revised Statutes, Title 19, Chapter 235.
TITLE 19--MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS RELATED TO GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
CHAPTER 235 - STATE EMBLEMS; GIFTS AND ENDOWMENTS
MISCELLANEOUS STATE EMBLEMS
NRS 235.130 State tartan.
NRS 235.130 State tartan.
1. The tartan designed by Richard Zygmunt Pawlowski and further described in this section is hereby designated as the official state tartan of the State of Nevada. The colors and design of the tartan represent the following features that make Nevada a unique and bountiful state:
(a) Blue represents one of the state colors of Nevada, the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe and the Mountain Bluebird, the official state bird;
(b) Silver represents the other state color, the official state mineral, the granite composition of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and the silver country of northern Nevada;
(c) Red represents the Virgin Valley black fire opal, the official state precious gemstone, and the red rock formations of southern Nevada;
(d) Yellow represents Sagebrush, the official state flower, and symbolizes the Great Basin Region of central Nevada;
(e) White represents the name of this state meaning snow-covered, which is the translation of the Spanish word "nevada";
(f) The crossing of the yellow and red stripes represents the different colors of Nevada sandstone, the official state rock;
(g) The white intersection on the silver field stands for the snow-capped peaks of granite mountains, which make up the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range;
(h) The four blue lines represent the four main rivers of Nevada which are the Colorado River, Truckee River, Humboldt River and Walker River;
(i) The intersecting blue lines in the silver field represent the Colorado River as it meets Hoover Dam and creates Lake Mead;
(j) The small solid "boxes" of silver and blue number 8 by 8, or 64, to signify the year (1864) that Nevada was admitted into statehood;
(k) The 13 solid-colored intersections of the small stripes represent Boundary Peak, the highest point in Nevada, which stands at an elevation of 13,143 feet; and
(l) The 16 solid silver intersections and the solid white intersection in the center of the tartan represent the 16 counties and the one consolidated city-county government of Nevada.
2. The official state tartan must be reproduced in the following colors, pattern and dimension of pattern:
(Added to NRS by 2001, 403)
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