Florida Senate - 2016 CS for SB 310 By the Committee on Fiscal Policy; and Senators Legg and Margolis 594-02377-16 2016310c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the National Statuary Hall; 3 providing for replacement of the statue of General 4 Edmund Kirby Smith in the National Statuary Hall 5 Collection at the United States Capitol; providing for 6 selection of a prominent Florida citizen to be 7 commemorated in the National Statuary Hall Collection; 8 providing for selection of a sculptor to design the 9 statue; requiring the Florida Council on Arts and 10 Culture and the Department of State to estimate costs 11 associated with the replacement of the statue; 12 authorizing the council to raise funds to support such 13 costs; providing for the deposit of funds raised into 14 the Grants and Donations Trust Fund of the department; 15 requiring the department to submit a report to the 16 Governor and the Legislature by a specified date; 17 specifying required content of the report; providing 18 for submission of the state’s request to the United 19 States Joint Committee on the Library of Congress for 20 approval to replace the statue; providing an effective 21 date. 22 23 WHEREAS, pursuant to 2 U.S.C. s. 2131, each state is 24 permitted to provide and furnish to the United States Capitol 25 two statues, in marble or bronze, of deceased persons who have 26 been prominent citizens of the state for placement in the 27 National Statuary Hall Collection, and 28 WHEREAS, currently, Florida has two statues, of Dr. John 29 Gorrie and of General Edmund Kirby Smith, in the National 30 Statuary Hall Collection, and 31 WHEREAS, pursuant to 2 U.S.C. s. 2132, a state may request 32 that the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress approve the 33 replacement of any statue the state has provided for display in 34 the National Statuary Hall Collection at the United States 35 Capitol, NOW, THEREFORE, 36 37 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 38 39 Section 1. (1) At its first annual meeting following the 40 effective date of this act, the ad hoc committee of the Great 41 Floridians Program within the Division of Historical Resources 42 of the Department of State, as established under s. 43 267.0731(1)(b), Florida Statutes, shall select, according to 44 guidelines prescribed by the division, a prominent Florida 45 citizen, who may include, but is not limited to, a person of 46 distinguished civil or military service, to be commemorated in 47 the National Statuary Hall Collection of the United States 48 Capitol. The ad hoc committee shall submit its recommendation to 49 the Division of Historical Resources and the Division of 50 Cultural Affairs. 51 (2) At its first meeting following the effective date of 52 this act, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, as 53 established under s. 265.285, Florida Statutes, shall select a 54 sculptor, according to the guidelines prescribed by the 55 Department of State and 2 U.S.C. s. 2131, with preference given 56 to a sculptor from this state, to design a statue of the 57 prominent Florida citizen selected pursuant to subsection (1) 58 for replacement of the statue of General Edmund Kirby Smith in 59 the National Statuary Hall Collection. 60 (3) The Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the 61 Department of State shall estimate the costs associated with the 62 replacement of the statue, including the costs to design, 63 construct, transport, and place the new statue; the removal and 64 transfer of the current statue; and any unveiling ceremony for 65 the new statue. The Florida Council on Arts and Culture may 66 raise funds from private sources to fund the costs associated 67 with the replacement of the statue. Funds raised must be placed 68 in the Grants and Donations Trust Fund of the Department of 69 State and may be used only for the limited purposes associated 70 with statue replacement described in this subsection. 71 (4) Based on the recommendations and findings of the ad hoc 72 committee and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the 73 Department of State shall submit a report, by January 1, 2017, 74 to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of 75 the House of Representatives. The report must include, but is 76 not limited to, the following: 77 (a) The name of the prominent Florida citizen and the 78 process used to select the prominent Florida citizen. 79 (b) The name of the sculptor and the process used to select 80 the sculptor. 81 (c) An estimate of the total costs associated with 82 replacement of the statue, including the costs to design, 83 construct, transport, and place the new statue; the removal and 84 transfer of the current statue; and any unveiling ceremony for 85 the new statue. 86 (5) In accordance with 2 U.S.C. s. 2132, upon the selection 87 of a prominent Florida citizen under subsection (1) and a 88 sculptor under subsection (2), the Legislature shall request by 89 memorial that the United States Joint Committee on the Library 90 of Congress approve the request to replace the statue of General 91 Edmund Kirby Smith and that the Architect of the Capitol carry 92 out the request. Upon adoption of the memorial by the 93 Legislature and approval of the request in writing by the 94 Governor, the memorial shall be submitted to the United States 95 Joint Committee on the Library of Congress. 96 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.