Senate Bill No. 347–Senators Titus, James and O’Donnell


March 14, 2001



Referred to Committee on Government Affairs


SUMMARY—Designates state tartan. (BDR 19‑749)


FISCAL NOTE:   Effect on Local Government: No.

                            Effect on the State: No.




EXPLANATION – Matter in bolded italics is new; matter between brackets [omitted material] is material to be omitted.



AN ACT relating to state emblems; designating a state tartan; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.





    Section 1.  Chapter 235 of NRS is hereby amended by adding thereto a new section to read as follows:

    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:





    Sec. 2. As soon as practicable after the effective date of this act, the director of the legislative counsel bureau shall register the official state tartan with the Scottish Tartan Society.

    Sec. 3. This act becomes effective upon passage and approval.