Chapter 263
2015 -- H 6319
Enacted 07/15/2015

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Introduced By: Representatives Malik, Azzinaro, Hull, and Bennett
Date Introduced: June 18, 2015

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
     SECTION 1. Section 37-8-8 of the General Laws in Chapter 37-8 entitled "Public
Buildings" is hereby amended to read as follows:
     37-8-8. Battle flags and markers. – (a) The priceless battle flags and markers now
belonging to the state of Rhode Island, and any which that may hereafter be presented to this
state, shall be maintained by the department of administration in embellished cases suitable for
their display in the halls or foyers of the State House, and the cases shall be practically
hermetically sealed for the purpose of protecting and preserving the battle flags and markers for
future generations as the most eloquent testimonials of the patriotism and valor of our fathers.
The battle flags and markers shall not be removed from the cases for any purpose other than for
their necessary repair or preservation. The department of administration shall have full care,
custody, and control of all the battle flags and markers, and the department is hereby authorized
and directed to carry out and enforce the provisions and purposes of this section.
     (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the department of administration is
authorized to remove, conserve, and indefinitely store any battle flag or marker it deems to be in
such a state of deterioration that its removal from the State House encasements is necessary for its
continued existence.
     (c) The department of administration is directed to study the condition of the State House
historic battle flags and markers, the encasements in which they are housed and their method of
display to ensure their continued survival while permitting, to the extent possible, continued
public display of these historic artifacts. In conducting such study, the department shall seek input
and guidance from persons with expertise in historic preservation, textile conservation, veterans'
affairs and military history, as well as from members of the public. The department shall prepare
a comprehensive set of recommendations for the conservation and display of these battle flags
and markers. The department shall present its findings and recommendations to the governor, the
speaker of the house, and the president of the senate not later than January 1, 2017.
     (d) The department is authorized to apply for and accept public or private funds to carry
out this study and for the continued preservation and display of these battle flags and markers.
     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.