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BILL AS PASSED HOUSE AND SENATE 2007-2008

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NO. 11.  AN ACT RELATING TO VERMONT LIFE MAGAZINE.

(H.510)

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

Sec. 1.  3 V.S.A. § 2473a is amended to read:

§ 2473a.  VERMONT LIFE MAGAZINE

(a)  The department of tourism and marketing, within the agency of commerce and community development, shall be responsible for the publication of Vermont Life magazine.  The mission of Vermont Life magazine shall be to promote subtly the state in a premier-quality magazine filled with the best writing, illustration, art and photography Vermont has to offer.  Every issue of Vermont Life magazine shall celebrate the unique heritage, countryside, traditions, and people of Vermont and explore issues of contemporary interest to Vermonters and visitors of the state.

(b)  The overall operations of Vermont Life magazine shall be managed by the a publisher, who shall be a state employee exempt from the classified service and who shall report to the commissioner of tourism and marketing.  The editorial functions of Vermont Life magazine shall be directed by an editor, who shall be a classified state employee exempt from the classified service and who shall report to the commissioner of tourism and marketing publisher.  Vermont Life magazine editorial decisions shall be made by Vermont Life magazine editorial staff pursuant to the mission of the magazine and shall be protected from and independent of outside influence, including that from the legislative or executive branch of state government.

(b)(c)  A revolving fund for the operation of Vermont Life magazine is created, which shall consist of all revenues derived from the sale of Vermont Life magazine, advertising in Vermont Life magazine, the sale of other products under the Vermont Life label, any interest earned by Vermont Life magazine, and all sums which are from time to time appropriated for the support of Vermont Life magazine and its operations.

(c)(d)  All expenses incurred in the production, publication, and sale of Vermont Life magazine, advertising, and other products under the Vermont Life label shall be paid from the revolving fund.

(d)(e)  The receipt and expenditure of moneys from the revolving fund shall be under the direction of the editor supervision of the business manager and at the direction of the publisher, subject to the provisions of this section. Vermont Life magazine shall maintain accurate and complete records of all receipts and expenditures by and from the fund, and shall make an annual report on the condition of the fund to the secretary of the agency, who shall in turn provide the report to the secretary of administration.  The fund shall be audited annually by the auditor of accounts.


Sec. 2.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect upon passage.

Approved:  April 26, 2007



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us