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HF 224

as introduced - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to the state; appointing a poet laureate; appropriating gift or grant money
received;proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 138.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [138.99] POET LAUREATE.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Appointment.
new text end

new text begin The Gov' shall appoint a state poet laureate,
new text end
new text begin Who shall serve for a four-year term.
new text end
new text begin Because this appointment will always be great,
new text end
new text begin There's no need for the Senate to confirm.
new text end
new text begin In appointing a poet for the public good,
new text end
new text begin And to ensure there's no unjust omission,
new text end
new text begin The governor shall consider, if he would
new text end
new text begin Thoughts of the Humanities Commission.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Removal.
new text end

new text begin The poet will be free to write rhyming lines,
new text end
new text begin With removal only for cause,
new text end
new text begin But we trust that the bard will promptly resign,
new text end
new text begin If the verse reads as badly as laws.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Compensation.
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new text begin 'Twould be fair to provide some just recompense
new text end
new text begin As reward for the poet's tribulations,
new text end
new text begin But because at this time we haven't the cents
new text end
new text begin We're afraid there is no compensation.
new text end
new text begin But we ask as the poet travels the state,
new text end
new text begin And the people their ears they lend,
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new text begin That our learned Commission take the position
new text end
new text begin To provide the poor poet a stipend.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Gifts and grants.
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new text begin To provide the support that needs to come
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new text begin To support our new laureate,
new text end
new text begin Gifts and grants received of a generous sum,
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new text begin We hereby appropriate.
new text end