AN ACT MODIFYING THE LAWS RELATING TO THE POWERS, DUTIES, EMPLOYEES, AND EXPENDITURES OF THE TRYON PALACE COMMISSION, AUTHORIZING THE TRYON PALACE COMMISSION TO USE THIRD-PARTY ONLINE TICKET SALE SERVICES, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO PAY INITIAL THIRD-PARTY CONTRACTOR FEES.
Modifies the powers of the Tryon Palace Commission (Commission) granted in GS 121-20. Provides that the Commission's power and authority to receive and expend all funds donated and made available for the purpose of restoring, furnishing, and equipping the Palace and grounds, excluding funds provided by will as identified, includes, without limitation, funds in the Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens Fund (Fund). Grants the Commission the authority to authorize the use of third-party online ticket sale services for the purchase of tickets offered for access to the Palace complex or Palace-sponsored events, with receipts credited to the Fund. Makes clarifying and technical changes.
Amends GS 121-21.1 to require all special event receipts and all proceeds from the sale or other disposal of Tryon Palace complex real estate to be credited to the Fund.
Revises and adds to the powers and duties of the Commission, set forth in GS 143B-71. Grants the Commission the power and authority to adopt, amend, and rescind rules and regulations concerning the restoration, supervision, management, and maintenance of the complex, its real estate and collections, with other powers and duties in specified general statutes and session laws (previously limited to regulations concerning restoration and maintenance; adds two session laws and GS 143B statutes to authorities listed). Explicitly grants the Commission the power to (1) make contracts, adopt and use a common seal, employ professionals, consultants and employees with pay fixed by the Commission within available funds; (2) adopt, alter, or repeal its own bylaws and implementing GS Chapter 143B rules; and (3) receive and use appropriations from the State, including those from State general obligation bonds or notes proceeds.
Enacts GS 143B-72.1, authorizing the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) to hire specified personnel as necessary or directed by the Commission in carrying out Article 2, which governs DNCR. Charges DNCR with maintaining Tryon complex in a condition satisfactory for exhibition to the public. Directs DNCR Secretary to select the Executive Director of the Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens from the candidate(s) recruited and approved by the Commission.
Appropriates $100,000 from the General Fund to DNCR to be allocated to Tryon Palace to pay initial third-party ticket contractor fees and to promote the use of online ticket sales for access to the complex or Palace-sponsored events.
Effective July 1, 2021.
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