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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 62 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 62

(By Delegates Manchin, Beach, Cann, Doyle, Fragale, Hartman, Lawrence, Longstreth, Louisos, Miley, D. Poling, Ross, Susman, Tabb, Williams, Anderson, Duke, Ellem, Schadler, Cowles, and Sumner)

[Originating in the Committee on Political Subdivisions

on April 2, 2009]



Requesting that the Joint Committee on Government and Finance authorize the study of the creation of art, entertainment and enterprise districts within political subdivisions.

WHEREAS, From our rich Appalachia heritage to our contemporary customs, West Virginians have traditionally used art as a means of expression; and
WHEREAS, Artisan centers, galleries, and fairs and festivals highlighting West Virginia arts, crafts and performances have grown in popularity, not just for native West Virginians, but also for visitors to our state; and
WHEREAS, There is a need for the expanded support of the arts in West Virginia, and we should continue to promote cultural tourism in West Virginia; and
WHEREAS, Resources directed at artistic conglomerates which enhance and contribute to the educational, artistic and cultural welfare of our citizens constitute a real investment in the future of our state; and
WHEREAS, If we offer financial incentives, then artists in our state would be encouraged to come together to form districts dedicated to the visual and performing arts within our cities and counties;
WHEREAS, The creation of art, entertainment and enterprise districts would expand market opportunities, training and educational resources for West Virginia artists and artisans; and therefore be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the creation of art, entertainment and enterprise districts within political subdivisions; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the Regular Session of the Legislature, 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Legislative expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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