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Public Law 106-287
To grant the consent of the Congress to the Kansas and Missouri
Metropolitan Culture District Compact. <<NOTE: Oct. 10, 2000 - [H.R.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. CONSENT TO COMPACT.
The Congress consents to the Kansas and Missouri Metropolitan
Culture District Compact entered into between the State of Kansas and
the State of Missouri. The compact reads substantially as follows:
``KANSAS AND MISSOURI METROPOLITAN CULTURE DISTRICT COMPACT
``ARTICLE I. AGREEMENT AND PLEDGE
``The states of Kansas and Missouri agree to and pledge, each to the
other, faithful cooperation in the future planning and development of
the metropolitan culture district, holding in high trust for the benefit
of this people and of the nation, the special blessings and natural
``ARTICLE II. POLICY AND PURPOSE
``The party states, desiring by common action to fully utilize and
improve their cultural facilities, coordinate the services of their
cultural organizations, enhance the cultural activities of their
citizens, and achieve solid financial support for such cultural
facilities, organizations and activities, declare that it is the policy
of each state to realize such desires on a basis of cooperation with one
another, thereby serving the best interests of their citizenry and
effecting economies in capital expenditures and operational costs. The
purpose of this compact is to provide for the creation of a metropolitan
culture district as the means to implementation of the policy herein
declared with the most beneficial and economical use of human and
``ARTICLE III. DEFINITIONS
``As used in this compact, unless the context clearly requires
``(a) `Metropolitan culture district' means a political subdivision
of the states of Kansas and Missouri which is created under and pursuant
to the provisions of this compact and which is composed of the counties
in the states of Kansas and Missouri which act
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to create or to become a part of the district in accordance with the
provisions of Article IV.
``(b) `Commission' means the governing body of the metropolitan
``(c) `Cultural activities' means sports or activities which
contribute to or enhance the aesthetic, artistic, historical,
intellectual or social development or appreciation of members of the
``(d) `Cultural organizations' means nonprofit and tax exempt
social, civic or community organizations and associations which are
dedicated to the development, provision, operation, supervision,
promotion or support of cultural activities in which members of the
general public may engage or participate.
``(e) `Cultural facilities' means facilities operated or used for
sports or participation or engagement in cultural activities by members
of the general public.
``ARTICLE IV. THE DISTRICT
``(a) The counties in Kansas and Missouri eligible to create and
initially compose the metropolitan culture district shall be those
counties which meet one or more of the following criteria:
``(1) The county has a population in excess of 300,000, and
is adjacent to the state line;
``(2) The county contains a part of a city with a population
according to the most recent federal census of at least 400,000;
``(3) The county is contiguous to any county described in
provisions (1) or (2) of this subpart (a). The counties of
Johnson in Kansas and Jackson in Missouri shall be sine qua non
to the creation and initial composition of the district.
Additional counties in Kansas and Missouri shall be eligible to
become a part of the metropolitan culture district if such
counties are contiguous to any one or more of the counties which
compose the district and within 60 miles of the counties that
are required by this article to establish the district;
``(b)(1) Whenever the governing body of any county which is eligible
to create or become a part of the metropolitan culture district shall
determine that creation of or participation in the district is in the
best interests of the citizens of the county and that the levy of a tax
to provide on a cooperative basis with another county or other counties
for financial support of the district would be economically practical
and cost beneficial to the citizens of the county, the governing body
may adopt by majority vote a resolution authorizing the same.
``(2) Wherever a petition, signed by not less than the number of
qualified electors of an eligible county equal to 5% of the number of
ballots cast and counted at the last preceding gubernatorial election
held in the county and requesting adoption of a resolution authorizing
creation of or participation in the metropolitan culture district and
the levy of a tax for the purpose of contributing to the financial
support of the district, is filed with the governing body of the county,
the governing body shall adopt such a resolution.
``(3) Implementation of a resolution adopted under this subpart (b)
shall be conditioned upon approval of the resolution by a majority of
the qualified electors of the county voting at an election conducted for
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``(c)(1) <<NOTE: Deadline.>> Upon adoption of a resolution pursuant
to subpart (b)(1) or subpart (b)(2), the governing body of the county
shall request, within 36 months after adoption of the resolution, the
county election officer to submit to the qualified electors of the
county the question of whether the governing body shall be authorized to
implement the resolution. The resolution shall be printed on the ballot
and in the notice of election. The question shall be submitted to the
electors of the county at the primary or general election next following
the date of the request filed with the county election officer. If a
majority of the qualified electors are opposed to implementation of the
resolution authorizing creation of, or participation in, the district
and the levy of a tax for financial support thereof, the same shall not
be implemented. The governing body of the county may review procedures
for authorization to create or become a part of the district and to levy
a tax for financial support thereof at any time following rejection of
``(2) The ballot for the proposition in any county shall be in
substantially the following form:
``Shall a retail sales tax of ____________ (insert amount, not to
exceed \1/4\ cent) be levied and collected in Kansas and Missouri
metropolitan culture district consisting of the county(ies) of
____________ (insert name of counties) for the support of cultural
facilities and organizations within the district?
The governing body of the county may place additional language on the
ballot to describe the use or allocation of the funds.
``(d)(1) The metropolitan culture district shall be created when
implementation of a resolution authorizing the creation of the district
and the levy of a tax for contribution to the financial support thereof
is approved by respective majorities of the qualified electors of at
least Johnson County, Kansas, and Jackson County, Missouri.
``(2) When implementation of a resolution authorizing participation
in the metropolitan culture district and the levy of a tax for
contribution to the financial support thereof is approved by a majority
of the qualified electors of any county eligible to become a part of the
district, the governing body of the county shall proceed with the
performance of all things necessary and incidental to participation in
``(3) Any question for the levy of a tax submitted after July 1,
2000, may be submitted to the electors of the county at the primary or
general election next following the date of the request filed with the
county election officer; at a special election called and held as
otherwise provided by law; at an election called and held on the first
Tuesday after the first Monday in February, except in Presidential
election years; at an election called and held on the first Tuesday
after the first Monday in March, June, August, or November; or at an
election called and held on the first Tuesday in April, except that no
question for a tax levy may be submitted to the electors prior to
January 1, 2002.
``(4) No question shall be submitted to the electors authorizing the
levy of a tax the proceeds of which will be exclusively dedicated to
sports or sports facilities.
``(e) Any of the counties composing the metropolitan culture
district may withdraw from the district by adoption of a resolution and
approval of the resolution by a majority of the qualified electors of
the county, all in the same manner provided in this Article
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IV for creating or becoming a part of the metropolitan culture
district. <<NOTE: Notice.>> The governing body of a withdrawing county
shall provide for the sending of formal written notice of withdrawal
from the district to the governing body of the other county or each of
the other counties comprising the district. <<NOTE: Effective date.>>
Actual withdrawal shall not take effect until 90 days after notice has
been sent. A withdrawing county shall not be relieved from any
obligation which such county may have assumed or incurred by reason of
being a part of the district, including, but not limited to, the
retirement of any outstanding bonded indebtedness of the district.
``ARTICLE V. THE COMMISSION
``(a) The metropolitan culture district shall be governed by the
metropolitan culture commission which shall be a body corporate and
politic and which shall be composed of resident electors of the states
of Kansas and Missouri, respectively, as follows:
``(1) A member of the governing body of each county which is
a part of the district, who shall be appointed by majority vote
of such governing body;
``(2) A member of the governing body of each city, with a
population according to the most recent federal census of at
least 50,000, located in whole or in part within each county
which is a part of the district, who shall be appointed by
majority vote of such governing body;
``(3) Two members of the governing body of a county with a
consolidated or unified county government and city of the first
class which is a part of the district, who shall be appointed by
majority vote of such governing body;
``(4) A member of the arts commission of Kansas or the
Kansas commission for the humanities, who shall be appointed by
the governor of Kansas; and
``(5) A member of the arts commission of Missouri or the
Missouri humanities council, who shall be appointed by the
governor of Missouri.
To <<NOTE: Expiration dates.>> the extent possible, the gubernatorial
appointees to the commission shall be residents of the district. The
term of each commissioner initially appointed by a county governing body
shall expire concurrently with such commissioner's tenure as a county
officer or three years after the date of appointment as a commissioner,
whichever occurs sooner. The term of each commissioner succeeding a
commissioner initially appointed by a county governing body shall expire
concurrently with such successor commissioner's tenure as a county
officer or four years after the date of appointment as a commissioner,
whichever occurs sooner. The term of each commissioner initially
appointed by a city governing body shall expire concurrently with such
commissioner's tenure as a city officer or two years after the date of
appointment as a commissioner, whichever occurs sooner. The term of each
commissioner succeeding a commissioner initially appointed by a city
governing body shall expire concurrently with such successor
commissioner's tenure as a city officer or four years after the date of
appointment as a commissioner, whichever occurs sooner. The term of each
commissioner appointed by the governor of Kansas or the governor of
Missouri shall expire concurrently with the term of the appointing
governor, the commissioner's tenure as a state officer, or four years
after the date of appointment as a commissioner of the district,
whichever occurs sooner. Any
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vacancy occurring in a commissioner position for reasons other than
expiration of terms of office shall be filled for the unexpired term by
appointment in the same manner that the original appointment was made.
Any commissioner may be removed for cause by the appointing authority of
``(b) The commission shall select annually, from its membership, a
chairperson, a vice chairperson, and a treasurer. The treasurer shall be
bonded in such amounts as the commission may require.
``(c) The commission may appoint such officers, agents and employees
as it may require for the performance of its duties, and shall determine
the qualifications and duties and fix the compensation of such officers,
agents and employees.
``(d) The commission shall fix the time and place at which its
meetings shall be held. Meetings shall be held within the district and
shall be open to the public. Public notice shall be given of all
``(e) A majority of the commissioners from each state shall
constitute, in the aggregate, a quorum for the transaction of business.
No action of the commission shall be binding unless taken at a meeting
at which at least a quorum is present, and unless a majority of the
commissioners from each state, present at such meeting, shall vote in
favor thereof. No action of the commission taken at a meeting thereof
shall be binding unless the subject of such action is included in a
written agenda for such meeting, the agenda and notice of meeting having
been mailed to each commissioner by postage paid first-class mail at
least 14 calendar days prior to the meeting.
``(f ) The commissioners from each state shall be subject to the
provisions of the laws of the states of Kansas and Missouri,
respectively, which relate to conflicts of interest of public officers
and employees. If any commissioner has a direct or indirect financial
interest in any cultural facility, organization or activity supported by
the district or commission or in any other business transaction of the
district or commission, the commissioner shall disclose such interest in
writing to the other commissioners and shall abstain from voting on any
matter relating to such facility, organization or activity or to such
``(g) If any action at law or equity, or other legal proceeding,
shall be brought against any commissioner for any act or omission
arising out of the performance of duties as a commissioner, the
commissioner shall be indemnified in whole and held harmless by the
commission for any judgment or decree entered against the commissioner
and, further, shall be defended at the cost and expense of the
commission in any such proceeding.
``ARTICLE VI. POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COMMISSION
``(a) The commission shall adopt a seal and suitable bylaws
governing its management and procedure.
``(b) The commission has the power to contract and to be contracted
with, and to sue and to be sued.
``(c) The commission may receive for any of its purposes and
functions any contributions or moneys appropriated by counties or cities
and may solicit and receive any and all donations, and grants of money,
equipment, supplies, materials and services from any state or the United
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