S.B. No. 258
  relating to the pledge of allegiance to the state flag during a
  state flag retirement ceremony.
         SECTION 1.  Subsection (d), Section 3100.152, Government
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
         (d)  The official retirement ceremony for the state flag
  encouraged for public use is:
  I am your Texas flag!
  I was born January 25, 1839.
  I am one of only two flags of an American state that has also
  served as the symbol of an independent nation--The Republic
  of Texas.
  While you may honor me in retirement, the spirit I represent
  will never retire!
  I represent the spirit of Texas--Yesterday, Today, and
  I represent the bravery of the Alamo and the Victory at San
  My spirit rode with the Texas Rangers over the Forts Trail of
  the Big Country and herded cattle through the Fort Worth
  stockyards. I have sailed up Galveston Bay and kept a
  watchful eye over our El Paso del Norte.
  My colors are in the waters of the Red River and in the
  Bluebonnets of the Texas Hill Country.
  You'll find my spirit at the Light House of Palo Duro and in
  the sands of Padre Island;
  I am in the space station at Houston and atop the oil wells of
  West Texas.
  From the expanse of the Big Bend to the Riverwalk of San
  Antone--all of Texas is my home!
  I wave over the cotton and grain fields of the High Plains,
  and I am deep in the rich soil of the Rio Grande Valley.
  I am proudly displayed under the Capitol Dome, and I fly high
  above the concrete canyons of downtown Dallas.
  You'll find my spirit in the East Texas piney woods and along
  the Grandeur of the Rio Grande.
  I represent Texas--every Child, Woman, and Man!
  The blue field in me stands for the valor of our ancestors in
  the battles for our country.
  Let us retire the blue--Salute!
  My white field stands for the purity in all our Texas hearts!
  It represents the honor that each of us should pay to our
  state each day.
  Let us retire the white--Salute!
  The red is for all of the men and women who have died in
  service of our state--whether as members of the armed
  services or as citizen Samaritans.
  Let us retire the red--Salute!
  My lone, independent star is recognized worldwide because it
  represents ALL of Texas and stands for our unity as one for
  God, State, and Country.
  Let us retire the lone star--Salute!
  Join in the pledge to the Texas flag:
  "Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas,
  one state under God, one and indivisible."
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2011.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 258 passed the Senate on
  April 7, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 258 passed the House on
  May 20, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 149, Nays 0, one
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House