Florida Senate - 2020                             CS for SB 1260
       By the Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability;
       and Senator Albritton
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    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to monuments; creating s. 265.008,
    3         F.S.; providing legislative intent; establishing the
    4         Florida Space Exploration Monument; providing for
    5         administration of the monument by the Department of
    6         Management Services; providing for the creation of a
    7         design contest and selection committee; requiring the
    8         department to develop a plan regarding the monument;
    9         requiring the plan to be submitted to the Governor and
   10         the Legislature by a specified date; amending s.
   11         265.111, F.S.; requiring the department to limit
   12         participation in design competitions for monuments on
   13         the Capitol Complex or at other state-owned buildings
   14         to artists and sculptors who are domiciled in this
   15         state; providing an effective date.
   17         WHEREAS, Florida’s history with space exploration can be
   18  traced back to 1865, when Jules Verne envisioned the state as
   19  the launch site of the “Columbiad” cannon in his popular novel
   20  From the Earth to the Moon, and
   21         WHEREAS, in 1950, a rocket known as “Bumper 8” became the
   22  first rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, and
   23         WHEREAS, in 1969, the National Aeronautics and Space
   24  Administration (NASA) and the crew of Apollo 11 undertook the
   25  first mission that would land humans on the surface of the moon
   26  after launching from the John F. Kennedy Space Center, and
   27         WHEREAS, Florida continues to be home to the Cape Canaveral
   28  Spaceport, consisting of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center and
   29  the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and
   30         WHEREAS, the state maintains a robust commercial aerospace
   31  industry and highly trained workforce, which has helped
   32  contribute technical and scientific knowledge that has allowed
   33  Florida to continue to serve as the launch pad of the United
   34  States’ achievements in space, and
   35         WHEREAS, the establishment of the Florida Space Exploration
   36  Monument would not only commemorate the past achievements and
   37  contributions of individuals who have made this state a leader
   38  in space exploration, but would also serve in the future to
   39  inspire individuals to help maintain this state’s role, NOW,
   42  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   44         Section 1. Section 265.008, Florida Statutes, is created to
   45  read:
   46         265.008 Florida Space Exploration Monument.—
   47         (1) It is the intent of the Legislature to recognize the
   48  importance of the role of this state, and its past, current, and
   49  future contributions, in space exploration; to honor the state’s
   50  residents for their role in humanity’s most daring journey of
   51  space exploration; and to honor the contribution of all
   52  individuals and their families who have gone unrecognized for
   53  their impact on the United States’ achievements in space.
   54         (2) There is established the Florida Space Exploration
   55  Monument.
   56         (a) The monument is administered by the Department of
   57  Management Services.
   58         (b) The Department of Management Services, in consultation
   59  with Space Florida, shall establish a contest for individuals
   60  who wish to submit a design for the monument. The department and
   61  Space Florida shall appoint a selection committee to choose the
   62  design of the monument.
   63         (c) The Department of Management Services shall develop a
   64  plan for the design, placement, and cost of the monument. The
   65  plan must include the designation of an appropriate public area
   66  for the monument on the premises of the Capitol Complex, as
   67  defined in s. 281.01, not including the State Capital Circle
   68  Office Complex. The department shall consider the
   69  recommendations of the Florida Historical Commission as required
   70  pursuant to ss. 265.111 and 267.0612(9) and shall coordinate
   71  with the Division of Historical Resources of the Department of
   72  State in developing the plan. The plan must also include the
   73  dates for the design contest and the timeframe for the selection
   74  committee to review and select a design. The Department of
   75  Management Services shall submit the plan to the Governor, the
   76  President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
   77  Representatives by March 9, 2021.
   78         Section 2. Subsection (4) is added to section 265.111,
   79  Florida Statutes, to read:
   80         265.111 Capitol Complex; monuments.—
   81         (4) The Department of Management Services shall limit
   82  participation in any competitions between sculptors or artists
   83  for the design of a monument on the Capitol Complex, or at any
   84  other state buildings where a similar competition is being
   85  conducted, to sculptors and artists who are domiciled in this
   86  state.
   87         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.