HB 644 - State symbols; designate official state tartan

First Reader Summary

A BILL to amend Article 3 of Chapter 3 of Title 50 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to other state symbols, so as to designate the official tartan of the State of Georgia; and for other purposes.

Dixon, Sonny A (150th) (Resigned) Irvin, Robert A (45th) Sherrill, Tom (62nd)
Lewis, Walter Jeffrey (14th) Joyce, Brian D (1st) Cummings, Bill (27th)
Status Summary HC: SPCA SC: SLGO LA: 05/01/97 Signed by Governor
Page Numbers - 1/ 2
Code Sections - 50-3-75
Recorded Votes
House Action Senate
2/18/97 Read 1st Time 3/7/97
2/20* Read 2nd Time 3/21/97
2/27/97 Favorably Reported 3/20/97
3/6/97 Read 3rd Time 3/27/97
3/6/97 Passed/Adopted 3/27/97
4/7/97 Sent to Governor
5/1/97 Signed by Governor
480 Act/Veto Number
7/1/97 Effective Date

HB 644                                             LC 24 0715 
                        A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 
                               AN ACT 
  1- 1  To amend Article 3 of Chapter 3 of Title 50 of the Official 
  1- 2  Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to other state symbols, 
  1- 3  so as to designate the official tartan of the State of 
  1- 4  Georgia; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. 
  1- 5  WHEREAS, the Georgia tartan was introduced to the public for 
  1- 6  the first time in 1982 at the First International Gathering 
  1- 7  of the Scottish Clans ever held in the United States at the 
  1- 8  Stone Mountain Highland Games and Scottish Festival; and 
  1- 9  WHEREAS, the Georgia tartan was designed at the request of 
  1-10  the Stone Mountain Highland Games, Inc., by the Scottish 
  1-11  Tartan Society in Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland, and 
  1-12  presented to Governor George Busbee in 1982 in honor of 
  1-13  Georgia's 250th birthday.  On October 1, 1996, the Scottish 
  1-14  Tartans Society issued its Certificate of Accreditation for 
  1-15  this tartan; and 
  1-16  WHEREAS, both the pattern and colors of the Georgia Tartan 
  1-17  are a reflection of this state's strong ties with Scotland. 
  1-18  The pattern, or "sett," comes from the earliest known 
  1-19  Mackintosh tartan; it was John Mohr Mackintosh and his 
  1-20  Scottish Highlanders who helped the state's founder, James 
  1-21  Oglethorpe, repulse Spanish invaders and keep Georgia a 
  1-22  British Colony; and 
  1-23  WHEREAS, the red and light blue come from the Royal Tartan 
  1-24  from the reign of King George II, which was worn by the 
  1-25  Royal Company of Archers, the King's personal bodyguards in 
  1-26  Scotland.  The green and black are from what once was the 
  1-27  "government" pattern worn by Mackintosh's troops and since 
  1-28  has become world famous as the tartan worn by the Royal 
  1-29  Highland Regiment, "The Black Watch"; and 
  1-30  WHEREAS, Peter McDonald, the great Scottish tartan weaver 
  1-31  and tartan design expert who designed the Georgia tartan and 
  1-32  wove it for the first time, said he selected the color blue 
  1-33  for the beautiful Georgia sky, the red for our rich red 
  1-34  Georgia clay, and the green for our beautiful forests; and 
  2- 1  WHEREAS, the Georgia tartan is so special because this 
  2- 2  state's very history is woven into the fabric.  It is a 
  2- 3  tartan any Georgia Scot and any proud Georgian can wear with 
  2- 4  pride. 
  2- 6  GEORGIA: 
  2- 7                           SECTION 1. 
  2- 8  Article 3 of Chapter 3 of Title 50 of the Official Code of 
  2- 9  Georgia Annotated, relating to other state symbols, is 
  2-10  amended by adding at the end thereof a new Code section to 
  2-11  read as follows: 
  2-12    "50-3-75. 
  2-13    (a) The Georgia tartan is designated as the official 
  2-14    tartan of Georgia. 
  2-15    (b) The Georgia tartan is that tartan accredited in 
  2-16    Certificate Number 96027 by the Council of the Scottish 
  2-17    Tartans Society of Scotland and is described as follows: 
  2-18    72 green, 4 black, 4 green, 4 black, 6 green, 24 black, 20 
  2-19    azure, 40 red." 
  2-20                           SECTION 2. 
  2-21  All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are 
  2-22  repealed. 

Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/20/98