SENATE BILL No. 433
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 1-2-12.
Synopsis: State poet laureate. Establishes a process for selecting a
state poet laureate. Specifies the duties and compensation of the poet
laureate. Provides that the person honored as the poet laureate by the
house of representatives in 2002 is entitled to serve as the initial poet
Effective: July 1, 2005.
January 13, 2005, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career
First Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2005)
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SENATE BILL No. 433
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning the
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 1-2-12; (05)IN0433.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 1-2-12 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
Chapter 12. State Poet Laureate
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "commission" refers to the
Indiana arts commission established by IC 4-23-2-1.
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "selection committee" refers to
the committee described in section 4 of this chapter.
Sec. 3. The poet laureate of Indiana shall be selected under this
Sec. 4. (a) The selection committee consists of the following eight
(1) One (1) member of the faculty from each of the following
(A) Ball State University.
(B) Earlham College.
(C) Hanover College.
(D) Indiana University.
(E) University of Notre Dame.
(F) Purdue University.
(G) University of Southern Indiana.
(2) The executive director of the commission.
(b) The president of each of the institutions listed in subsection
(a)(1) shall name a faculty member to serve on the selection
committee. The faculty member must:
(1) be a member of the fine arts or English department of the
(2) teach writing.
(c) The executive director of the commission:
(1) is the chair of; and
(2) shall establish the meeting times and dates for;
the selection committee.
Sec. 5. The selection committee shall do the following:
(1) Meet on a biennial basis to select the poet laureate.
(2) Determine a method of selecting the poet laureate.
(3) Select a poet laureate not later than December 1 of each
(4) Permit a person to be selected as poet laureate even if the
person has previously served as poet laureate.
Sec. 6. A person selected as poet laureate serves a two (2) year
term that begins January 1 following the poet laureate's selection.
Sec. 7. (a) The poet laureate shall do the following:
(1) Make a formal appearance at schools, libraries, and other
educational facilities in at least twenty-three (23) different
Indiana counties during each year of the poet laureate's term.
(2) Attempt to schedule most of the appearances required
under this section during April (National Poetry Month) of
(3) Offer advice to the commission concerning ways to further
the art of poetry in Indiana.
(4) Represent Indiana and the art of poetry to the education
community and the public in an enthusiastic and respectful
(b) The department of education shall assist the poet laureate in
scheduling the poet laureate's appearances in educational facilities
and at other appropriate events.
Sec. 8. (a) The commission may pay an annual honorarium of
two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) to the poet laureate.
(b) The commission may pay a per diem to the poet laureate for
each day that the poet laureate makes an appearance under this
(c) The commission may pay travel expenses to a member of the
selection committee, unless the member's institution reimburses
the member for the expenses.
Sec. 9. All expenses and other payments permitted under this
chapter shall be paid from appropriations to or other funds of the
SOURCE: ; (05)IN0433.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005] (a) The person honored
as poet laureate of Indiana by the house of representatives in
House Resolution 73-2002 is entitled to serve as the initial poet
laureate of Indiana under IC 1-2-12, as added by this act, until
December 31, 2005.
(b) This SECTION expires January 1, 2006.