Department of Enterprise Services. The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) has custody and control over the capitol buildings and grounds and supervises the proper care, heating, lighting, and repair of the buildings. DES is also responsible for the stewardship, preservation, operation, and maintenance of the public and historic facilities of the state capitol, subject to the policy direction of the State Capitol Committee (SCC) and the guidance of the Capitol Campus Design Advisory Committee (CCDAC).
State Capitol Committee. The SCC consists of the Governor or their designee, Lieutenant Governor, the Secretary of State and Commissioner of Public Lands. The SCC is authorized to erect buildings and make improvements on the capital grounds.
Capitol Campus Design Advisory Committee. CCDAC consists of four legislative members, the Secretary of State and four members appointed by the DES director—two architects; one landscape architect; and one urban planner. CCDAC advises the SCC on the capitol campus master plan, design and siting of facilities, and landscaping designs, including planting proposals, sculpture, and monuments.
Major Works. In 1997, the Legislature directed, through a budget proviso in SSB 6062, the Department of General Administration—now DES—to create a capitol campus monuments and memorial policy, and prohibited additional monuments from being placed on the capitol campus until the policy was adopted by the SCC and included in DES administrative code. In 1998, the agency adopted a set of rules for commemorative and art works on the state capitol grounds which established requirements and a process for proposals with the SCC granting final approval for the design and site of major works to be located on the state capitol grounds.
A major work on the state capitol grounds may be removed or relocated by DES:
Any major work permanently removed may be placed in storage or sold by the state, or destroyed if the work group determines the major work is offensive or outdated.
Two processes are established for reviewing major works on the state capitol grounds. DES must:
If the work group finds by a majority vote that the major work no longer meets the criteria for placement on state capitol grounds, the work group must provide a report with its findings to the SCC for consideration. The work group report must include:
The work group members consist of:
DES may appoint up to three additional members if expertise related to a major work is needed.
Major work includes any statue, monument, sculpture, work of art, memorial, or other structural or landscape feature of notable impact to viewers and to its surroundings. The impact of a work is defined by the combined effect of its subject matter, size, placement, and the degree to which it commands the environmental context into which it is set. The term does not include any such item located within the interior of a structure.
PRO: DES is working with the SCC and CCDAC on a policy that would take care of this so we will wait on this bill until the two committees are done with their work.