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New Mexico Makes Bolo Tie Official State Tie

In New Mexico, bolos are worn with everything from jeans to tuxes. In New Mexico, bolos are worn with everything from jeans to tuxes.

(AP) SANTA FE, N.M. The bolo tie is now New Mexico's official tie. It's "our bipartisan fashion statement," said Gov. Bill Richardson, who wore large, Indian-made bolo inset with turquoise and other stones as he signed the legislation Tuesday in his office.

In New Mexico, bolos are worn with everything from jeans to tuxes. But until now, there was one place you wouldn't find it: in state statutes.

The Legislature this year voted to add the bolo to a long list of official symbols in state law, including the state cookie, the bizcochito; the state bird, the roadrunner; and the state question, "Red or Green?," an inquiry about chili preference.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Steve Komadina of Corrales, is a longtime bolo wearer who has a collection of the neckwear - including one in the shape of a llama, because he raises the animals.

Twenty years ago, the Legislature passed a memorial declaring the bolo New Mexico's official neckwear. But that measure was nonbinding.

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