CHAPTER 228



An Act establishing the New Jersey William Carlos Williams Citation of Merit, supplementing Title 52 of the Revised Statutes and making an appropriation.



Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:



C.52:16A-26.9 New Jersey William Carlos Williams Citation of Merit.

1. a. There is hereby established the New Jersey William Carlos Williams Citation of Merit to be presented to a distinguished poet from New Jersey who shall be considered the poet laureate of the State of New Jersey for a period of two years. The poet laureate shall receive an honorarium of $10,000.

b. The New Jersey Council for the Humanities, in consultation with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts,shall biennially appoint and convene a panel of four persons who are either distinguished poets or persons who represent a range of stylistic approaches in the field of poetry. Each member of the first such panel shall be from New Jersey. After the term of the first poet laureate and each subsequent poet laureate has expired, that person shall serve as one of the members of the panel for a period of two years and participate in the selection ofthe next poet laureate. The panel shall submit to the Governor the name of the poet to whom the citation of merit shall be presented and who shall be considered poet laureate of the State for the subsequent two years.

c. The Governor shall present biennially the New Jersey William Carlos Williams Citation of Merit.

d. The poet laureate shall engage in activities to promote and encourage poetry within the State and shall give no fewer than two public readings within the State each year while the poet holds the laureate designation.

e. The New Jersey Council for the Humanities, in consultation with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, shall establish such guidelines as are deemed necessary to effectuate the purposes of this section.



2. There is appropriated $10,000 from the General Fund to the Department of State to effectuate the purposes of this act.



3. This act shall take effect immediately.



Approved October 4, 1999.