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How is a State Symbol Created?

How is a state symbol created?

State symbols are designated by the governor when the bill that proposes them is signed into law. Before the governor signs the bill into law designating a new state symbol, it must be passed by the Senate and Assembly.

Why do we have state symbols?
They tell us what makes a state special. New York's state symbols represent its history, wildlife, agriculture and industry. Often, individuals, organizations or schoolchildren have asked for a particular species to be designated at state symbol.

Our state legislature is considering two bills that would create a state butterfly ...
One bill proposes the Karner blue butterfly, an endangered native species, named for the community of Karner, near Albany. Today, Karner blues are found in limited numbers in the Albany/Saratoga area of New York State.
Karner blue butterfly
Karner blue butterfly

Another bill favors naming the red spotted purple/white admiral as state butterfly. This butterfly is found across the state, with the red spotted purple form in southern New York, and the white admiral form in the north.
Red spotted purple butterfly
Red spotted purple butterfly

If you were in the legislature, which one would you vote for?

Did you know?

We also have a state fruit, muffin, and other symbols.
You can read about them at


Learn about how a bill becomes a law at