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Bill Number: 2457 Ratification Number: 94 Act Number 57 Introducing Body: House Subject: Establish a South Carolina National Guard Museum and State Weapons Collection
(A57, R94, H2457)
AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A SOUTH CAROLINA NATIONAL GUARD MUSEUM AND STATE WEAPONS COLLECTION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Museum and weapons collection established
SECTION 1. There is hereby established The South Carolina National Guard Museum and State Weapons Collection, which shall be domiciled at one or more National Guard locations in the State as selected by the State Adjutant General. The museum and weapons collection shall be governed by a board of managers composed of five members Two members shall be appointed by the Adjutant General whose terms shall be concurrent with that of the Adjutant General and one member shall be selected by The Field Artillery Society of The South Carolina Militia to serve such term as may be determined by the Society. The other two; members, who shall serve ex officio, shall be the Adjutant General and the President of the South Carolina National Guard Association.
Board of Managers to hold meetings, etc.
SECTION 2. The board shall hold regular meetings, prescribe rules for its operations, elect such officers as are necessary, establish and use any identifying seal pertaining to museum business, and make an annual report which shall be included as a part of the Adjutant General's report to the Governor. For the purpose of transacting business, three members shall constitute a quorum. The members of the board shall serve without compensation.
Maintenance of museum and weapons collection
SECTION 3. National Guard equipment, supplies and personnel may be used to maintain the museum and weapons collection, but no state funds shall be expended therefor. The board may improve existing grounds by the construction of concrete slabs and fencing for suitable outdoor display of large items of heavy equipment such as artillery, armored vehicles and other military equipment and weapons.
Board may accept lands, buildings, etc.
SECTION 4. The board may accept lands, buildings, money, relics, weapons, or any other thing of value on behalf of, or as additions to the museum either in the form of loans or grants or donations or bequests; may acquire land and items by purchase, lease or otherwise and may enter into contracts with any person to accomplish such purposes. Any such gifts, donations or bequests shall be deemed to be gifts to a charitable or eleemosynary organization.
Responsibility of museum and weapons collection
SECTION 5. The museum and weapons collection shall be a military and historical museum charged with the responsibility for the collection, preservation, and exhibition of archives, books, records, documents, maps, charts, military equipment, uniforms, flags, and any other such articles. It shall be a depository for collections of all weapons, especially weapons seized by the State, and any other materials deemed relevant to national, state, or local history by the board of managers. The museum and weapons collection shall be open to the public at such times as may be determined by the board.
SECTION 6. This act shall take effect upon approval by the Governor.