1-1           WHEREAS, The State of Texas has traditionally recognized a

 1-2     variety of official state symbols as tangible representations of

 1-3     the proud spirit and heritage of our state; and

 1-4           WHEREAS, The bluebonnet, the pecan tree, and the mockingbird

 1-5     are just a few examples of specimens that exemplify the great

 1-6     diversity of the Texas landscape, while the red grapefruit, our

 1-7     state fruit, represents yet another aspect of our shared culture;

 1-8     and

 1-9           WHEREAS, In keeping with this custom, the designation of the

1-10     Texas sweet onion as the Official State Vegetable of Texas will

1-11     provide suitable recognition for this outstanding food; and

1-12           WHEREAS, The well-known 1015 variation of this onion is

1-13     recognized by gourmet chefs and culinary experts from around the

1-14     world for its characteristic sweetness and its inherent properties

1-15     that inhibit tearing of the eyes; it has been carefully nurtured

1-16     and perfected over time and is renowned for its exceptional flavor

1-17     and well-documented nutritive qualities; and

1-18           WHEREAS, The Lone Star State's reputation as a global leader

1-19     in the development of various varietals of vegetables is well

1-20     deserved, and the creation of the 1015 onion as the first sweet

1-21     onion in the world has contributed greatly to this proud legacy;

1-22     and

1-23           WHEREAS, The Texas sweet onion is as distinctive as the state

1-24     from which it originates and it will no doubt serve as a fitting

 2-1     emblem for the bounties of nature with which our state is blessed;

 2-2     now, therefore, be it

 2-3           RESOLVED, That the 75th Legislature of the State of Texas

 2-4     hereby designate the Texas sweet onion as the Official State

 2-5     Vegetable of Texas and recognize the historic and cultural

 2-6     significance of this native herb.

                                   Wise                             Thompson

                                   Stiles                             Hunter

                                   Bailey                            Averitt

                                   Berlanga                           Bonnen

                                   Burnam                             Chavez

                                   Christian                            Cook

                                   Counts                            Cuellar

                                   Davis                              Delisi

                                   Driver                             Dunnam

                                   Dutton                             Eiland

                                   Giddings                           Hawley

                                   Hernandez                         Hirschi

                                   Hodge                         Holzheauser

                                   Howard                              Isett

                                   Jones of Dallas                    Keffer

                                   King                     Lewis of Tarrant

                                   Longoria                             Luna

                                   Maxey                           McClendon

                                   McReynolds                        Merritt

                                   Moreno                             Mowery

                                   Naishtat                            Olivo

                                   Palmer                            Pickett

                                   Pitts                              Ramsay

                                   Rangel                     Reyna of Bexar

                                   Rhodes                              Roman

                                   Seaman                            Shields

                                   Smithee                             Solis

                                   Telford                            Torres

                                   Turner of Harris                     Uher

                                   West                           Wohlgemuth


         _______________________________     _______________________________

             President of the Senate              Speaker of the House

               I certify that H.C.R. No. 148 was adopted by the House on

         April 14, 1997, by a non-record vote.


                                                 Chief Clerk of the House

               I certify that H.C.R. No. 148 was adopted by the Senate on

         April 29, 1997, by a viva-voce vote.


                                                 Secretary of the Senate

         APPROVED:  _____________________