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7G.1 Iowa statehood sesquicentennial commission.

1. Organization. An Iowa statehood sesquicentennial commission is established in the office of the governor. The commission shall be chartered and shall operate as a nonprofit corporation within the state of Iowa, according to the provisions of chapter 504A.

2. Purpose. The purpose of the commission shall be to plan, coordinate, and administer activities and programs relating to the celebration of the sesquicentennial of Iowa statehood which occurs in the year 1996.

3. Membership. The commission shall consist of twenty- five members, five of whom shall be appointed by the governor, and twenty of whom shall be selected by leaders of the general assembly. Of the five members appointed by the governor, one member shall be the administrator of the state historical society within the department of cultural affairs. Of the twenty members selected by leaders of the general assembly, five members each, who may be legislators or citizens, shall be selected by the majority leader of the senate and the speaker of the house, and the minority leaders of each body respectively. The governor shall appoint the chairperson and co-chairperson of the commission, subject to confirmation by the senate. Persons making appointments shall consult with one another to ensure that the commission is balanced by gender, political affiliation, and geographic location, and to ensure selection of members representing diverse interest groups. The provisions of chapters 21 and 22 shall apply to meetings and records of the commission.

4. Rulemaking authority. The commission may adopt rules in accordance with chapter 17A in order to accomplish the purpose of the commission.

5. Authority. The commission may receive and make grants, receive and expend appropriations, contract for services, hold licenses and copyrights, and otherwise act as is necessary to accomplish the purpose of the commission.

6. Fund established. The sesquicentennial fund is established as a separate fund in the state treasury under the control of the commission.

7. Funds received. All funds received by the commission, including but not limited to gifts, transfers, endowments, application and other fees related to the issuance of sesquicentennial motor vehicle registration plates pursuant to section 321.34, subsection 14,* moneys from the sale of mementos and products related to the purposes of the commission, and appropriations, shall be credited to the sesquicentennial fund and are appropriated to the commission to be invested or used to support the activities of the commission. Notwithstanding section 8.33, any balance in the fund on June 30 of any fiscal year shall not revert to the general fund of the state.

8. Personnel.

a. The commission may employ personnel, including an executive director whose salary shall not exceed executive branch pay grade classification 40, to administer its programs and services. The personnel shall be considered state employees.

b. Personnel employed by the commission shall be exempt from the merit system provisions of chapter 19A.

9. Expiration. The commission shall expire no later than June 30, 1997. Upon expiration, all fund balances from appropriations of state funds shall be returned to the general fund of the state, and all other assets shall be transferred to the Iowa historical foundation authorized pursuant to section 303.9, subsection 3, subject to any conditions or restrictions previously placed on the assets.

Section History: Recent form

91 Acts, ch 259, §1; 95 Acts, ch 211, § 16

Internal References

Referred to in § 7G.2


Confirmation, see § 2.32

*Reference is to former subsection 14, which was repealed effective January 1, 1997; corrective legislation is pending

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