Some Utahns are looking to change the state flag.
The Organization for a New Flag first proposed the new flag design, which is being sponsored as a bill, H.B. 292, by Rep. Keven J. Stratton.
The Organization’s Chair, Richard Martin, said in a press release,
“We wanted to design an impressive new state flag that would meet all the criteria; that is, to be colorful, bold, simple, and unique, while honoring Utah’s unique history.”
The proposed design is meant to tell the story of Utah and its history.
The Beehive represents the state's motto of industry and its nickname "the Beehive State." The red star represents Utah becoming a state in 1896 and the "1847" is for the pioneers who first settled in the area. The crossroads symbolize the joining of the Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Point, according to a press release.
In this case, the color blue represents the Great Salt Lake and the red represents the red rocks in southern Utah.
“In order to keep the design simple, you can’t be all things to all people,” Martin stated in a press release. “You have to let the colors and symbols speak for themselves. It’s easy to overthink a flag’s design via a time consuming and potentially costly, committee or commission. This is why we’ve already spent private funding on hundreds of professional designs from a group of professional designers before presenting our proposed flag.”
Utah's current state flag was adopted in February of 2011.