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Before 1995 the Capitol Complex had two committees which had general powers over the inside and outside of the Capitol Complex. The Capitol Arts and Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, had general powers over the inside of the Capitol Building. The Capitol Grounds Planning Commission, was to confer with the State Council on the Arts and develop and modify long-term plans for the development of the Capitol grounds. In the 1995 Legislative session, they combined the two commissions.

Since 1995 the Capitol Grounds Planning Commission members consist of the Lieutenant Governor as Chairman the other members are selected biennially as provided in this section. The Governor shall appoint two citizens, one licensed architect, and one representative from the State Historical Society as members, the President of the Senate shall appoint two senators as members, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint two representatives as members. Appointment to the commission is for a two year term. Facility Management is the secretary for the Capitol Grounds Planning Commission.

List of current Members:

The Capitol Grounds Planning Commission (CGPC) shall confer with the State Council on the Arts with respect to the artistic value of monuments, memorials, or works or art to be constructed at the Capitol Complex. The CGPC shall develop and modify long-term plans for the development of the Capitol grounds. They shall approve or disapprove the basic style and exterior construction of any building, facility, monument, memorial, or work of art constructed at the Capitol Complex. The commission has exclusive authority to accept or reject gifts of any type or class of property for exterior placement at the Capitol Complex or for the improvement of the exterior construction of any building or facility at the Capitol Complex. No construction or placement of an item at the Capitol Complex may be undertaken without the approval of the commission, unless the construction or placement is authorized by the legislative assembly. If the legislative assembly by law or resolution authorized the construction or placement of an item at the capitol Complex, the commission shall approve the site, basic style, and exterior construction of the item within a reasonable period of time.

The CGPC must be called in and shall meet whenever major interior changes, including new construction, remodeling or renovation of any kind, are proposed or considered for the buildings or facilities at the Capitol Complex. The commission must be consulted before the purchase or installation of furniture or fixtures in public areas of the Capitol and other buildings at the Capitol Complex.

The CGPC has general powers to superintend the administration of the Capitol Building Fund, its interest and income fund, and its investments and properties. It may cause any lands now held in such funds to be sold at market value, direct the conversion of any securities now held by such funds to cash, approve expenditures from such funds subject to law and legislative appropriations. The Board of University and School Lands or its designee, shall see to the investment and management of the Capitol Building Fund and its interest and income fund and shall account to the commission concerning these funds at the commission's request.

All moneys and other property in the Capitol Building Fund, except as otherwise appropriated, are hereby dedicated and reserved to the exclusive purpose of the construction of an addition to the legislative wing of the State Capitol Building, and the Capitol Grounds Planning Commission shall take necessary steps to accumulate and conserve the money and property in the Capitol Building Fund for such purpose.

Approval Form for Capitol Grounds Planning Commission

CGPC policy on plaques in public areas

CGPC policy on outside plaques

CGPC Monument Plan