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First Regular Session of the 119th


S.P. 259 - L.D. 754

An Act to Amend the Laws Establishing a State Poet Laureate

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

     Sec. 1. 5 MRSA §12004-I, sub-§5-A, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 264, §1, is amended to read:

5-A. Culture

State Poet Laureate Advisory Selection Advisory Panel Committee

Not Authorized

27 MRSA §421

     Sec. 2. 27 MRSA §421, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 264, §3, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:

§421. Honorary office created

     1. Appointment. During Maine Cultural Heritage Week as established in Title 1, section 118, the Governor shall appoint a poet to serve as State Poet Laureate, nominated by an advisory selection committee created in subsection 3-A.

     2. Term. The State Poet Laureate is appointed for a 5-year term and may be reappointed for a 2nd term. An individual may serve as State Poet Laureate for no more than 2 consecutive terms, but may be reappointed after a break in service.

     3-A. Advisory selection committee. The State Poet Laureate Advisory Selection Committee as established in Title 5, section 12004-I, subsection 5-A, referred to in this subchapter as the "advisory selection committee," is created in accordance with the following provisions.

     4. Eligibility. The individual appointed State Poet Laureate must be a poet who is a resident of the State and must have published distinguished poetry.

     Sec. 3. 27 MRSA §423 is enacted to read:

§423. Display of work

     Upon the request of a State Poet Laureate, space must be made available at the State House complex for the public display of the State Poet Laureate's work.

     Sec. 4. Transition provision. The State Poet Laureate on the effective date of this Act shall continue to serve out the one-year term for which the State Poet Laureate was appointed.

Effective September 18, 1999, unless otherwise indicated.

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