Florida Senate - 2014                                     SB 290
       By Senators Hukill, Brandes, and Detert
       8-00263-14                                             2014290__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the State Poet Laureate; amending
    3         s. 265.285, F.S.; assigning duties to the Florida
    4         Council on Arts and Culture relating to the promotion
    5         of poetry and recommendations for the appointment of
    6         the State Poet Laureate; creating s. 265.2863, F.S.;
    7         creating the honorary position of State Poet Laureate
    8         within the Department of State; establishing
    9         procedures for the acceptance of nominations, the
   10         qualifications and recommendation of nominees, and the
   11         appointment of the State Poet Laureate; providing for
   12         filling vacancies; specifying that a former poet
   13         laureate becomes a State Poet Laureate Emeritus or
   14         Emerita; providing that the State Poet Laureate, the
   15         State Poet Laureate Emeritus, and the State Poet
   16         Laureate Emerita serve without compensation;
   17         authorizing the department to adopt rules; providing
   18         an effective date.
   20  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   22         Section 1. Present paragraph (g) of subsection (2) of
   23  section 265.285, Florida Statutes, is redesignated as paragraph
   24  (h), and a new paragraph (g) is added to that subsection, to
   25  read:
   26         265.285 Florida Council on Arts and Culture; membership,
   27  duties.—
   28         (2) The council shall:
   29         (g) Promote the reading, writing, and appreciation of
   30  poetry throughout the state and accept nominations and recommend
   31  nominees for appointment as the State Poet Laureate under s.
   32  265.2863.
   33         Section 2. Section 265.2863, Florida Statutes, is created
   34  to read:
   35         265.2863State Poet Laureate.—
   36         (1) The honorary position of State Poet Laureate is created
   37  within the Department of State.
   38         (2) The Florida Council on Arts and Culture, in accordance
   39  with procedures adopted by the department, shall solicit and
   40  accept nominations for appointment as the State Poet Laureate.
   41  The council shall solicit nominations from a broad array of
   42  literary sources and members of the public.
   43         (a) The council shall recommend at least five nominees to
   44  the Secretary of State, each of whom must be:
   45         1. A permanent resident of this state;
   46         2. A public literary poet who has significant standing
   47  inside and outside the state; and
   48         3. Willing and physically able to perform the duties of the
   49  State Poet Laureate as prescribed by the department, which may
   50  include, but are not limited to, engaging in outreach and
   51  mentoring for the benefit of schools and communities throughout
   52  the state and performing readings of his or her own poetry, as
   53  requested.
   54         (b) From among the nominees recommended by the council, the
   55  Secretary of State shall submit three nominees to the Governor,
   56  who shall appoint one nominee as the State Poet Laureate.
   57         (3) The State Poet Laureate shall serve a term of 4 years.
   58  A vacancy shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired
   59  term in the same manner as the original appointment.
   60         (4) Each of the state’s poets laureate appointed before
   61  July 1, 2014, and each State Poet Laureate appointed under this
   62  section shall be designated a State Poet Laureate Emeritus or
   63  State Poet Laureate Emerita in recognition of his or her service
   64  to the state upon the appointment of his or her successor.
   65         (5) The State Poet Laureate and each State Poet Laureate
   66  Emeritus or State Poet Laureate Emerita shall serve without
   67  compensation.
   68         (6) The department may adopt rules to administer this
   69  section.
   70         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.