SENATE BILL No. 205*
An Act enacting the Kansas commemorative coin design concept act.
Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the Kansas
commemorative coin design concept act. The purpose of the act is to
provide a means whereby the state through cooperation of its governor,
arts community and high school students selects the design concepts and
recommends the final design of the quarter dollar that is emblematic of
the state of Kansas, its history, geography and rich heritage for submission
to the United States secretary of the treasury in accordance with the 50
states commemorative coin program act (P.L. 105-124).
Sec. 2. (a) There is established the Kansas commemorative coin de-
sign commission. The commission shall consist of 16 members, as follows:
(1) The members of the joint legislative committee on the arts and
(2) a member of the Kansas state historical society, selected by the
members of the society;
(3) a member of the Kansas arts commission, selected by the mem-
bers of the commission;
(4) a member of the Kansas humanities council, selected by the mem-
bers of the council; and
(5) three members of the general public who shall be representative
of the arts, selected by the governor. One of the members selected pur-
suant to this paragraph shall be knowledgeable of coin design or metal
(b) The chairperson of the joint legislative committee on the arts and
cultural resources shall serve as chairperson of the commission. The com-
mission shall meet on call of the chairperson or at the request of a majority
of the members of the commission.
(c) The commission shall:
(1) Adopt procedures and guidelines for selection of the design con-
cepts of the quarter dollar that is emblematic of the state of Kansas; such
guidelines shall be consistent with the guidelines prescribed by the 50
states commemorative coin program act and shall be publicized by the
(2) invite Kansans to submit design sketches for the Kansas com-
memorative quarter dollar that are broadly appealing to the citizens of
the state and that maintain a dignity befitting the state's history and di-
versity. Each design sketch shall be accompanied by a narrative that ex-
plains why the concept is emblematic of the state and what the concept
represents to the citizens of the state. The submission deadline shall be
determined by the commission;
(3) review the design sketches and narratives submitted by Kansans
and select five submissions as finalists in the design selection process;
(4) forward only the selected narratives to the United States mint and
collaborate with the United States mint in the preparation of artwork of
(5) upon approval by the secretary of the treasury, the design can-
didate finalists shall be forwarded to the commission, which shall collab-
orate with the state board of education and the secretary of state in sub-
mission of the five finalist designs to an election in which all students
enrolled in public and accredited nonpublic high schools of the state may
participate and by majority vote select the design for the Kansas com-
memorative quarter dollar that the commission shall submit to the gov-
ernor; the election shall be held no later than during the last week of
April 2004. Such election may be conducted by internet ballot.
Sec. 3. The governor shall submit the design selected by vote of Kan-
sas high school students to the United States mint for presentment to the
secretary of treasury for final approval.
Sec. 4. The Kansas arts commission, the Kansas humanities council,
and the Kansas historical society shall publicize the Kansas commemo-
rative coin design act and shall provide such assistance to the Kansas
commemorative coin design commission as may be requested by the com-
Sec. 5. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
publication in the Kansas register.
Approved April 14, 2002.
Published in the Kansas Register April 24, 2002.
Date Composed: 10/29/2003 Date Modified: 10/29/2003