The pursuit of a state designation to make the Bowie Knife the official state knife of Texas has fallen by the wayside again as Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed it Saturday, one day before the June 16 deadline for a bill passed in the session to be signed.
Abbott issued 51 vetoes Saturday killing several popular bills, but the legislation related to the Bowie Knife was a House Concurrent Resolution, which had already passed through the House and Senate with no opposition.
HCR32 was authored by Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, San Antonio Democrats Trey Fischer and Barbara Gervin-Hawkins, San Antonio Republican Lyle Larson and Rep. Justin Holland, R-Rockwall, and sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper.
Springer said Tuesday he was very upset with the action when he learned of it and he will definitely push it through in the next session. Springer added he has been assured by the governor’s staff the veto stemmed from the incorrect historical reference.
These types of resolutions are often considered no fail as they often showcase a Texas product or location. Officials with the City of Bowie and Bowie Chamber of Commerce have been advocating for the designation since the creation of what would become the Guinness World Record Largest Bowie Knife in the community.
Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.