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. 19 20 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 21 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: 35 265.2863 State 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.