_________ Bill No. _______

Introduced By _______________________________________________________________________________

By Request of the Montana Historical Society

A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act establishing a Lewis and Clark bicentennial commission; specifying its membership and duties; establishing an account; and providing a termination date."

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:

NEW SECTION. Section 1.  Lewis and Clark bicentennial commission -- membership -- purpose -- account. (1) There is a Lewis and Clark bicentennial commission.

(2) The commission consists of 12 members as follows:

(a) nine members who must be appointed by the governor, who shall serve 5-year staggered terms, who shall represent Montana's different geographical areas, and who must have an interest in the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition;

(b) the director of the Montana historical society, established in 22-3-101;

(c) the administrator of the parks division within the department of fish, wildlife, and parks, established in 2-15-3401; and

(d) the director of travel Montana.

(3) The commission is responsible for coordinating and promoting observance of Montana's bicentennial commemoration of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The commission may:

(a) cooperate with national, regional, statewide, and local events promoting the bicentennial;

(b) plan and coordinate, or assist in planning and coordinating, bicentennial events;

(c) engage in fundraising activities, including revenue-earning enterprises and the solicitation of grants, gifts, and donations;

(d) promote public education concerning the Lewis and Clark expedition; and

(e) perform other related duties.

(4) There is a Montana Lewis and Clark bicentennial account. Money in the account may include money from revenue-earning enterprises, grants, gifts, donations, money appropriated by the legislature, and interest earned on the account. Account funds must be used for the purposes described in this section.

(5) The commission is attached to the Montana historical society for administrative purposes only as provided in 2-15-121.

NEW SECTION. Section 2.  Termination. [This act] terminates December 31, 2007.

NEW SECTION. Section 3.  Codification instruction. [Section 1] is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 2, chapter 15, and the provisions of Title 2, chapter 15, apply to [section 1].