Zuni squash blossom necklace. Photo: native-languages.org
Updated: Monday, 04 Apr 2011, 3:19 PM MDT
Published : Monday, 04 Apr 2011, 3:19 PM MDT
SANTA FE (AP) - New Mexico has an official state necklace because of a new law.
Gov. Susana Martinez signed a measure Monday designating the Native American squash blossom necklace as the official necklace of New Mexico. The law takes effect June 17.
The necklace features silver beads called squash blossoms with turquoise or other gem stones.
The necklace joins a long list of state symbols, such as the state flower, bird, insect and cookie.
The governor signed a bill raising the penalty for failing to close the gate of a fence, which could allow livestock to wander onto a road. The fine will be $250 to $1,000. Previously, it was $5 to $10.
Also signed was a bill requiring school districts to implement a bullying prevention program by August 2012.