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Springfield Model 1855 Rifle-Musket; designating as the official firearm of the Commonwealth.

Designates the Springfield Model 1855 Rifle-Musket as the official firearm of the Commonwealth.

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12/18/2019 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102372D Open



    HOUSE BILL NO. 144
    Offered January 8, 2020
    Prefiled December 18, 2019
    A BILL to amend and reenact � 1-510 of the Code of Virginia, relating to official emblems and designations; state firearm.
    Patrons-- Cole, M.L. (By Request); Senator: Chase
    Referred to Committee on Rules

    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. That � 1-510 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

    1-510. Official emblems and designations.

    The following are hereby designated official emblems and designations of the Commonwealth:

    Artisan Center � "Virginia Artisans Center," located in the City of Waynesboro.

    Bat � Virginia Big-eared bat (Corynorhinos townsendii virginianus).

    Beverage � Milk.

    Bird � Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis).

    Blue Ridge Folklore State Center � Blue Ridge Institute located in the village of Ferrum.

    Boat � "Chesapeake Bay Deadrise."

    Cabin Capital of Virginia � Page County.

    Coal Miners Memorial � The Richlands Coal Miners Memorial located in Tazewell County.

    Covered Bridge Capital of the Commonwealth � Patrick County.

    Covered Bridge Festival � Virginia Covered Bridge Festival held in Patrick County.

    Dog � American Foxhound.

    Firearm -- Springfield Model 1855 Rifle-Musket.

    Fish (Freshwater) � Brook Trout.

    Fish (Saltwater) � Striped Bass.

    Flag of Remembrance of September 11, 2001 � Freedom Flag, designed by a Virginian, as the flag of remembrance of September 11, 2001.

    Fleet � Replicas of the three ships, Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery, which comprised the Commonwealths founding fleet that brought the first permanent English settlers to Jamestown in 1607, and which are exhibited at the Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg.

    Flower � American Dogwood (Cornus florida).

    Folk dance � Square dancing, the American folk dance that traces its ancestry to the English Country Dance and the French Ballroom Dance, and is called, cued, or prompted to the dancers, and includes squares, rounds, clogging, contra, line, the Virginia Reel, and heritage dances.

    Fossil � Chesapecten jeffersonius.

    Gold mining interpretive center � Monroe Park, located in the County of Fauquier.

    Insect � Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio glaucus Linne).

    Maple Festival � The Highland County Maple Festival.

    Motor sports museum � "Wood Brothers Racing Museum and Virginia Motor Sports Hall of Fame," located in Patrick County.

    Outdoor drama � "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama," adapted for the stage by Clara Lou Kelly and performed in the Town of Big Stone Gap.

    Outdoor drama, historical � "The Long Way Home" based on the life of Mary Draper Ingles, adapted for the stage by Earl Hobson Smith, and performed in the City of Radford.

    Rock � Nelsonite.

    Salamander � Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber).

    Shakespeare festival � The Virginia Shakespeare Festival held in the City of Williamsburg.

    Shell � Oyster shell (Crassostrea virginica).

    Snake � Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis).

    Song emeritus � "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny," by James A. Bland, as set out in the House Joint Resolution 10, adopted by the General Assembly of Virginia at the Session of 1940.

    Song (Popular) � "Sweet Virginia Breeze," by Robbin Thompson and Steve Bassett.

    Song (Traditional) � "Our Great Virginia," lyrics by Mike Greenly and arranged by Jim Papoulis with music from the original American folk song "Oh Shenandoah."

    Spirit � George Washingtons rye whiskey produced at Mount Vernon, Virginia.

    Sports hall of fame � "Virginia Sports Hall of Fame," located in the City of Portsmouth.

    Television series � "Song of the Mountains."

    Tree � American Dogwood (Cornus florida).

    War memorial museum � "Virginia War Museum," (formerly known as the War Memorial Museum of Virginia), located in the City of Newport News.

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    Mark L. Cole R-Richmond Sponsor
    Amanda F. Chase R-Richmond Cosponsor
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    12/18/2019 House House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102372D
    12/18/2019 House House: Referred to Committee on Rules
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