HBA-DMD H.B. 2997 76(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2997 By: Culberson State, Federal, & International Relations 7/30/1999 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE H.B. 2997 ensures that the state flag is of the same colors as those used in the United State flag. This bill establishes a state motto, state bird, and a state flower. It also sets forth the observation of State of Texas Anniversary Remembrance Day (Star Day). RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Subsection (d), Article 6139a, V.T.C.S. (Description of the State Flag), to set forth that the red and blue colors of the state flag are the same colors used in the United States flag and are defined as numbers 193, rather than 80108 (red), and 281, rather than 80075 (dark blue), of the Pantone Matching System, rather than the Standard Color Reference of America, 10th edition. SECTION 2. Amends Sections (3)(d) and (s), Article 6139c, V.T.C.S. (Texas Flag Code), to include national holidays as times when the state flag should be displayed. Provides that the state flag should be displayed at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day (May 15), unless that day is also Armed Forces Day. SECTION 3. Amends Title 106, V.T.C.S., by adding Article 6139g, as follows: Art. 6139g. STATE MOTTO. Sets forth "friendship" as the state motto. SECTION 4. Amends Title 106, V.T.C.S., by adding Article 6139h, as follows: Art. 6139h. STATE BIRD. Sets forth that the mockingbird is the state bird. SECTION 5. Amends Title 106, V.T.C.S., by adding Article 6139i, as follows: Art. 6139i. STATE FLOWER. Sets forth that the bluebonnet is the state flower. SECTION 6. Amends Article 6143, V.T.C.S., as follows: Art. 6139j. STATE TREE. Deletes text requiring the State Board of Control and the State Parks Board to give due consideration to the pecan tree when planning beautification of state parks or other public property belonging to the State. Redesignated from Article 6143, V.T.C.S. SECTION 7. Amends Subchapter C, Chapter 662, Government Code, by adding Section 662.050, as follows: Sec. 662.050. STATE OF TEXAS ANNIVERSARY REMEMBRANCE DAY (STAR DAY). (a) Sets forth that February 19 is State of Texas Anniversary Remembrance Day (STAR Day) in honor of Texas joining the Union and the day that James Pinckney Henderson became the first governor of the State of Texas in 1846. (b) Requires State of Texas Anniversary Remembrance Day (STAR Day) to be regularly observed by appropriate and patriotic programs in the public schools and other places to properly commemorate the annexation of this state and to inspire a greater appreciation for the history of this state. SECTION 8. Provides that it is the intent of the legislature that the General Services Commission, the Parks and Wildlife Department, and other state agencies continue to give due consideration to the state tree and the state flower when planning beautification of state parks or other public property. SECTION 9. Emergency clause. Effective date: 90 days after adjournment.