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Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 82, 43rd Legislature, Regular Session (1933) authorized appointment of a committee by the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House to designate an outstanding and recognized poet, who is also a citizen of the state of Texas, as poet laureate.
|1932-1934||Judd Mortimer Lewis, Houston|
|1934-1936||Aline T. Michaelis, Austin|
|1936-1939||Grace Noll Crowell, Dallas|
|1939-1941||Lexie Dean Robertson, Rising Star|
|1941-1943||Nancy Richey Ranson, Dallas|
|1943-1945||Dollilee Davis Smith, Cleburne|
|1945-1947||David Riley Russell, Dallas|
|1947-1949||Aline B. Carter, San Antonio|
|1949-1951||Carlos Ashley, Llano|
|1951-1953||Arthur M. Sampley, Denton|
|1953-1955||Mildred Lindsey Raiborn, San Angelo
Dee Walker, Texas City, alternate
|1955-1957||Pierre Bernard Hill, Hunt|
|1957-1959||Margaret Royalty Edwards, Waco|
|1959-1961||J.V. Chandler, Kingsville
Edna Coe Majors, Colorado City, alternate
|1961||Lorena Simon, Port Arthur|
|1962||Marvin Davis Winsett, Dallas|
|1963||Gwendolyn Bennett Pappas, Houston
Vassar Miller, Houston, alternate
|1964-1965||Jenny Lind Porter, Austin
Edith Rayzor Canant, Texas City, alternate
|1966||Bessie Maas Rowe, Port Arthur
Grace Marie Scott, Abilene, alternate
|1967||William. E. Bard, Dallas
Bessie Maas Rowe, Port Arthur, alternate
|1968||Kathryn Henry Harris, Waco
Sybil Leonard Armes, El Paso, alternate
|1969-1970||Anne B. Marely, Austin
Rose Davidson Speer, Brady, alternate
|1970-1971||Robby K. Mitchell, McKinney
Faye Carr Adams, Dallas, alternate
|1971-1972||Terry Fontenot, Port Arthur
Faye Carr Adams, Dallas, alternate
|1972-1973||Mrs. Clark Gresham, Burkburnett
Marion McDaniel, Sidney, alternate
|1973-1974||Violette Newton, Beaumont
Stella Woodall, San Antonio, alternate
|1974-1975||Lila Todd O'Neil, Port Arthur
C.W. Miller, San Antonio, alternate
|1975-1976||Ethel Osborn Hill, Port Arthur
Gene Shuford, Denton, alternate
|1976-1977||Florice Stripling Jeffers, Burkburnett
Vera L. Eckert, San Angelo, alternate
|1977-1978||Ruth Carruth, Vernon
Joy Gresham Hagstrom, Burkburnett, alternate
|1978-1979||Patsy Stodghill, Dallas
Dorothy B. Elfstroman, Galveston, alternate
|1979-1980||Dorothy B. Elfstroman, Galveston
Ruth Carruth, Vernon, alternate
|1980-1981||Weems S. Dykes, McCamey
Mildred Crabtree Speer, Amarillo, alternate
|1982-1983||William D. Barney, Fort Worth
Vassar Miller, Houston, alternate
|1987-1988||Ruth E. Reuther, Wichita Falls|
|1988-1989||Vassar Miller, Houston|
|1993-1994||Mildred Baass, Victoria|
|2000||James Hoggard, Wichita Falls|
|2001||Walter McDonald, Lubbock|
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
By Duncan SB1043
AN ACT relating to creating a committee to appoint a poet laureate, a state musician, and state artists.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Title 106, Revised Statutes, is amended by adding Article 6139k to read as follows:
Art. 6139k. POET LAUREATE, STATE MUSICIAN, AND STATE ARTISTS
Sec. 1. DESIGNATING A POET LAUREATE, A STATE MUSICIAN, AND STATE ARTISTS.
(a) The Texas poet laureate, state musician, and state artist committee shall designate a poet laureate of Texas, a Texas state musician, a Texas state artist for two-dimensional media, and a Texas state artist for three-dimensional media.
(b) The Texas poet laureate, state musician, and state artist committee shall choose the poet laureate, the state musician, and the state artists from a list of individuals submitted by the Texas Commission on the Arts.
(c) The individuals designated as the poet laureate, the state musician, and the state artists do not receive any pay or emolument.
(d) The individuals designated as poet laureate, as state musician, and as state artists keep the designation for one year from the date of the designation ceremony.
Sec. 2. TEXAS POET LAUREATE, STATE MUSICIAN, AND STATE ARTIST COMMITTEE ESTABLISHED.
(a) The Texas poet laureate, state musician, and state artist committee consists of the following seven members:
(1) one member appointed by the governor;
(2) three members appointed by the lieutenant governor; and
(3) three members appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.
(b) One member appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives must be the chair of the house committee that has primary jurisdiction over arts and cultural matters who serves on the committee as an additional duty of the chairmanship.
(c) Members of the committee who are not members of the legislature serve for a two-year term that expires October 1 of each odd-numbered year.
(d) The members of the committee shall select a presiding officer from the members of the committee.
Sec. 3. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM TEXAS COMMISSION ON THE ARTS.
(a) The Texas Commission on the Arts shall solicit nominations from the arts and cultural community for the poet laureate, the state musician, and the state artists. The commission shall use the commission's Texas Cultural & Arts Network, the media, public meetings, newsletters, the Writer's League of Texas, and other appropriate methods to distribute information about the nomination process.
(b) The Texas Commission on the Arts may receive submissions from poets, musicians, and artists who have been nominated.
(c) The Texas Commission on the Arts may assemble a group of artists, musicians, writers, scholars, and other appropriate experts in the fields of visual arts, music, and literature to:
(1) review the submissions from the nominated poets, musicians, and artists; and
(2) provide advice and recommendations to the commission on who should be considered for designation as poet laureate, as state musician, and as a state artist.
(d) The Texas Commission on the Arts shall submit to the Texas poet laureate, state musician, and state artist committee a list of not more than 10 individuals who are worthy of being designated as the poet laureate, a list of not more than 10 individuals who are worthy of being designated as the state musician, a list of not more than 10 individuals who are worthy of being designated as the state artist for two-dimensional media, and a list of not more than 10 individuals who are worthy of being designated as the state artist for three-dimensional media.
Sec. 4. DESIGNATION CEREMONY. The governor and members of the Texas poet laureate, state musician, and state artist committee shall honor the individuals designated as poet laureate, as state musician, and as a state artist in a ceremony at the State Capitol.
(a) This Act takes effect September 1, 2001.
(b) As soon as possible after the effective date of this Act, the governor, the lieutenant governor, and the speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint the initial members of the Texas poet laureate, state musician, and state artist committee.