NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
HOUSE BILL 602
AN ACT TO ADOPT AN OFFICIAL STATE SHELL FOR THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA.
WHEREAS, the sea shell known commonly as the Scotch Bonnet (Phalium granulatum, Born) is found along most parts of the North Carolina Coast; and
WHEREAS, the shell is large and distinctive in its china white to creamy appearance with spiral bands broken into a series of squares of yellow to brown; and
WHEREAS, this handsome shell pays tribute to the Scot forebears who settled in this State, as well as to North Carolina's thriving shellfish industry; and
WHEREAS, the North Carolina Shell Club, representing over 200 members from all parts of the State, voted to recommend the Scotch Bonnet shell for a State shell: Now, therefore,
The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
Section 1. The Scotch Bonnet is hereby adopted as the official State shell of the State of North Carolina.
Sec. 2. All laws and clauses of laws in conflict with this Act are hereby repealed.
Sec. 3. This Act shall be in full force and effect from and after its ratification.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified, this the 25th day of May, 1965.