130th Ohio General Assembly
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Am. S. B. No. 84  As Passed by the Senate
As Passed by the Senate

130th General Assembly
Regular Session
Am. S. B. No. 84

Senator Kearney 

Cosponsors: Senators Smith, Turner, Obhof, LaRose, Beagle, Brown, Burke, Cafaro, Eklund, Gentile, Hite, Lehner, Oelslager, Sawyer, Schiavoni, Tavares 

To amend section 3379.03 and to enact section 3379.12 of the Revised Code to create the position of Ohio Poet Laureate.

Section 1. That section 3379.03 be amended and section 3379.12 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:
Sec. 3379.03.  The Ohio arts council shall:
(A) Conduct a survey of the cultural and artistic resources and needs of the state and maintain a continuing inventory of such resources;
(B) Develop a plan for better and fuller use and enjoyment of the state's cultural and artistic resources by all the people of the state;
(C) Assess the role of the arts in the growth and development of the state;
(D) Report at least biennially to the governor and the general assembly on the state of the arts. Such report may include recommendations based on the council's surveys.
(E) Administer the per cent for arts program pursuant to section 3379.10 of the Revised Code;
(F) Establish guidelines for the nomination of and for the administration of the council's duties that pertain to the position of Ohio poet laureate pursuant to section 3379.12 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 3379.12. (A) The position of Ohio poet laureate is hereby created and shall be administered by the Ohio arts council.
(B) The duties of the Ohio poet laureate shall consist of the following:
(1) Provide a minimum of four annual public readings in both rural and urban counties;
(2) Provide to the public access to at least one reading during each term of office;
(3) In coordination with the Ohio arts council, establish programs to promote awareness of the literary arts and encourage citizens to develop their own creative interests.
(C)(1) The term of office for the Ohio poet laureate shall be four years. An individual may be reappointed to subsequent terms of office.
(2) Not later than ninety days after the effective date of this section and every four years thereafter, an organization or individual that wishes to nominate an individual for the position of Ohio poet laureate shall submit a nomination to the Ohio arts council. An individual shall not self-nominate for the position.
(3) Not later than one hundred twenty days after the effective date of this section and every four years thereafter, the governor shall select the Ohio poet laureate from the list of nominees provided under division (C)(2) of this section.
(D) To qualify for the position of Ohio poet laureate, an individual shall satisfy the following conditions:
(1) The individual shall be a current resident of Ohio, with at least ten concurrent years of residency.
(2) The individual shall have the ability to travel throughout the state.
(3) The individual shall have a proven history in poetry that includes works published in books, anthologies, literary journals, or magazines, including at least one work that is not self-published or by a vanity press.
(4) The individual shall demonstrate an active presence in the state's literary community through such areas as reading, publications, public presentations, or teaching.
(5) The individual shall demonstrate critical acclaim through special honors, awards, or other recognition.
(E) In the event of the death, resignation, or any other vacancy or inability to perform the duties of Ohio poet laureate during the individual's unexpired term of office, the Ohio arts council shall request nominations to fill the position. Within ninety days of issuing the request, the governor shall select from the list the Ohio poet laureate to serve the remainder of that unexpired term of office.
Section 2. That existing section 3379.03 of the Revised Code is hereby repealed.
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