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     1-22-7.   Poet laureate of state--Qualifications and appointment. There is created the office of poet laureate of South Dakota. The Governor shall appoint the poet laureate to serve at the pleasure of the Governor. No person is eligible for the appointment unless the person is a resident of this state. No person may be appointed unless such person has been recommended to the Governor by the South Dakota State Poetry Society and has written and published poems of recognized merit prior to the appointment.
     The term of the poet laureate is four years and begins July first in years following a gubernatorial election. No poet laureate may serve for more than one term consecutively, however, this restriction does not apply to a partial term to which the poet laureate may have been appointed.
             Poet laureates
             shall for life have the status
             of emeritus.
            
Source: SL 1959, ch 307; SDC Supp 1960, § 55.0115; SL 2009, ch 1, § 115; SL 2015, ch 10, § 1.


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