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Senate Bill 0537


Senate Bill 0537

ARCHIVE (2011)

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DIGEST OF SB 537 (Updated April 29, 2011 8:35 pm - DI 77)


State museum and historic sites. Establishes the Indiana state museum and historic sites corporation (corporation) as a public body corporate and politic to govern the state museum and historic sites. Establishes the corporation's board of trustees to oversee and govern the corporation. Provides that the Indiana state museum and historic sites corporation board of trustees are exempt from the state procurement requirements. Makes meetings of the board subject to the open meetings law and makes records of the corporation subject to the open records law. Provides an exception from the procurement statutes for the board's acquisition of artifacts for the state museum and historic sites. Provides that employees of the corporation are subject to the state personnel system and participation in the public employees' retirement fund. Provides that the corporation is subject to the state personnel system. Permits the corporation's employees to participate in the state employee group insurance and other benefit plans. Provides that the board and corporation employees are under the jurisdiction of the ethics commission and the executive branch ethics rules. Specifies that the corporation's proposed budget is subject to the budget statutes governing state agencies if the proposed budget includes funding from the state general fund. Establishes the state museum and historic sites development fund. Provides that the board's investments must be consistent with the public funds investment requirements that apply to the treasurer of state. Provides that interest earned on the corporation's investments shall be deposited in the corporation's funds. Provides that all earned income accruing to the corporation's fund is appropriated continuously. Requires the chief executive officer of the corporation to report annually to the state budget committee concerning the activities, revenues, expenditures, and profits of the museums' shops, facility rentals, and restaurants. Requires the executive officer of the corporation to enter into a memorandum of understanding with nonprofit organizations that are recognized supporters of state historic site. Requires the executive officer of the corporation to enter into a memorandum of understanding with: (1) the Indiana department of transportation; (2) the department of correction; and (3) the department of natural resources (DNR). Establishes the state museum foundation. Includes transitional provisions to transfer the museum and historic sites functions and funds from the DNR to the corporation. Requires prior review of the state budget committee and the approval of the budget director for obligations to be incurred by the corporation for lands and structures. Repeals laws governing the state museum and historic sites as entities administered by the DNR. Makes conforming changes.
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