Florida Senate - 2016 SB 310 By Senator Legg 17-00249A-16 2016310__ 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; providing for the gathering of necessary funds 10 to carry out replacement of the statue; providing for 11 submission of the state’s request to the United States 12 Joint Committee on the Library of Congress for 13 approval to replace the statue; providing an effective 14 date. 15 16 WHEREAS, pursuant to 2 U.S.C. s. 2131, each state is 17 permitted to provide and furnish to the United States Capitol 18 two statues, in marble or bronze, of deceased persons who have 19 been prominent citizens of the state for placement in the 20 National Statuary Hall Collection, and 21 WHEREAS, currently, Florida has two statues, of Dr. John 22 Gorrie and of General Edmund Kirby Smith, in the National 23 Statuary Hall Collection, and 24 WHEREAS, pursuant to 2 U.S.C. s. 2132, a state may request 25 that the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress approve the 26 replacement of any statue the state has provided for display in 27 the National Statuary Hall Collection at the United States 28 Capitol, NOW, THEREFORE, 29 30 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 31 32 Section 1. (1) At its first annual meeting following the 33 effective date of this act, the ad hoc committee of the Great 34 Floridians Program within the Division of Historical Resources 35 of the Department of State, as established under s. 36 267.0731(1)(b), Florida Statutes, shall select, according to 37 guidelines prescribed by the division, a prominent Florida 38 citizen to be commemorated in the National Statuary Hall 39 Collection at the United States Capitol. 40 (2) At its first meeting following the effective date of 41 this act, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, as 42 established under s. 265.285, Florida Statutes, shall select, 43 according to guidelines prescribed by the Department of State, a 44 sculptor to design a statue of the prominent Florida citizen 45 selected pursuant to subsection (1) for replacement of the 46 statue of General Edmund Kirby Smith in the National Statuary 47 Hall Collection and shall gather necessary funds to carry out 48 the replacement of the statue. 49 (3) In accordance with 2 U.S.C. s. 2132, upon the selection 50 of a prominent Florida citizen under subsection (1) and a 51 sculptor under subsection (2), the Legislature shall request by 52 memorial that the United States Joint Committee on the Library 53 of Congress approve the request to replace the statue of General 54 Edmund Kirby Smith and that the Architect of the Capitol carry 55 out the request. Upon adoption of the memorial by the 56 Legislature and approval of the request in writing by the 57 Governor, the memorial shall be submitted to the United States 58 Joint Committee on the Library of Congress. 59 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.