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NO. 99. AN ACT DESIGNATING THE VERMONT STATE SONG.

(H.598)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. FINDINGS

In 1998, the General Assembly adopted Joint House Resolution 102, directing the Vermont Arts Council to appoint a three-member panel to recommend a new state song to the General Assembly. The specially-appointed panel, pursuant to the resolution, conducted the selection process in a fair and impartial manner. A total of 107 entries was received. After a careful review, eight songs were selected as finalists, aired on the state’s public radio and television networks, and posted on the Vermont Arts Council’s World Wide Web site. All Vermonters were invited to participate in the review of the final eight selections. As a result of this public process, the winning song was “These Green Mountains,” composed by Diane Martin and arranged by Rita Buglass. The public and representatives of for profit and not-for-profit organizations may perform or invite the performance of the song for any reason without compensation to or permission from the composer.

Sec. 2. 1 V.S.A. § 514 is added to read:

§ 514. STATE SONG

The state song shall be “These Green Mountains.”

Approved: May 5, 2000