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28th Legislature(2013-2014)

Bill Text 28th Legislature

00 Enrolled HB 154                                                                                                         
01 Relating to natural and cultural history repositories.                                                                  
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03    * Section 1. AS 14.57.010(a) is amended to read:                                                                   
04            (a)  The department shall manage and have complete charge of all of the                                      
05       property contained in the institution known as the state museum. The museum is                                
06       designated as a repository of natural and cultural history collections and shall be                           
07       operated and maintained as a designated repository in the state capital. Branch                           
08       museums may be established and maintained in other localities in the state.                                       
09    * Sec. 2. AS 14.57 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                   
10            Sec. 14.57.012. Designated natural and cultural history repositories. (a)                                  
11       The department may designate natural and cultural history repositories in addition to                             
12       the state museum as provided under this section.                                                                  
13            (b)  An institution located in the state that seeks designation as a natural and                             
14       cultural history repository may apply on a form and under procedures established by                               
15       the department in regulation. The procedures must include submission of evidence                                  
01       acceptable to the department that the institution                                                                 
02                 (1)  adheres to currently established criteria of collection preservation                               
03       and storage, including employment of long-term, professional, and systematic                                      
04       curatorial services;                                                                                              
05                 (2)  ensures public access commensurate with the nature of the objects                                  
06       of the collection in the repository;                                                                              
07                 (3)  has a statewide scope of collection;                                                               
08                 (4)  has a statewide scope of knowledge dissemination;                                                  
09                 (5)  maintains a museum certification issued by a nationally recognized                                 
10       entity;                                                                                                           
11                 (6)  complies with 25 U.S.C. 3001 - 3013 (Native American Graves                                        
12       Protection and Repatriation Act); and                                                                             
13                 (7)  meets other standards established in regulation by the department.                                 
14            (c)  The department shall maintain a list of designated repositories.                                        
15            (d)  A repository may accept and expend funds from any available source,                                     
16       including federal and state grants and donations, for the purpose of acquiring,                                   
17       cataloging, curating, and preserving state natural and cultural history collections.                              
18            (e)  A designation of a repository confers no acquisition, management, or other                              
19       rights to the department over the collections held by a designated repository.                                    
20            (f)  In this section, "institution" means a museum, a cultural center, or an                                 
21       affiliated research component of a museum or cultural center.                                                     
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