SESSION LAWS 2000
Chapter 138, 17.1
Senate Bill 787

PART XVII.---1898 WILMINGTON RACE RIOT COMMISSION
Section 17.1.(a) There is hereby established the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot Commission. The Commission shall be located within the Department of Cultural Resources.

Section 17.1.(b) The purpose of the Commission shall be to develop a historical record of the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot. In developing such a record, the Commission shall gather information, including oral testimony from descendants of those affected by the riot or others, examine documents and writings, and otherwise take such actions as may be necessary or proper in accurately identifying information having historical significance to the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot, including the economic impact of the riot on African-Americans in this State.

Section 17.1.(c) The Commission shall consist of 13 members, each of whom shall serve a two-year term. Commission members shall be appointed on or before September 1, 2000, as follows:

    (1) The President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall appoint three members.
    (2) The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint three members.
    (3) The Governor shall appoint three public members, one of whom shall be a historian.
    (4) The Mayor and City Council of the City of Wilmington shall appoint two members.
    (5) The New Hanover County Commissioners shall appoint two members.
The Commission shall terminate on December 31, 2004.

Section 17.1.(d) A vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment, except that all unexpired terms in seats appointed by the General Assembly shall be filled in accordance with G.S. 120-122. Appointees to fill vacancies shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term and until their successors have been duly appointed and qualified.

Section 17.1.(e) The Commission may remove any of its members for neglect of duty, incompetence, or unprofessional conduct. A member subject to disciplinary proceedings shall be disqualified from participating in the official business of the Commission until the charges have been resolved.

Section 17.1.(f) Members of the Commission shall not receive per diem or reimbursement for travel or subsistence.

Section 17.1.(g) The Commission's officers shall consist of two cochairs, a vice-chair, and other officers deemed necessary by the Commission to carry out the purposes of this Article. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint the cochairs of the Commission. All other officers shall be elected by the Commission. All officers shall serve for two-year terms and shall serve until their successors are elected and qualified.

Section 17.1.(h) The Commission shall meet at least quarterly to conduct business as authorized in subsection (b) of this section. A majority of Commission members shall constitute a quorum.

Section 17.1.(i) The Department of Cultural Resources shall provide necessary clerical and administrative support services to the Commission.

Section 17.1.(j) The Commission may submit to the General Assembly an interim report of its findings and recommendations. The Commission shall submit to the General Assembly a final report of its findings and recommendations no later than December 31, 2004. The final report may include suggestions for a permanent marker or memorial of the riot and whether to designate the event as a historic site.

Section 17.2. The Department of Cultural Resources shall support the activities of the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot Commission.


SESSION LAWS 2004
Chapter 161, 41.1
Senate Bill 1152

"The Studies Act of 2004" ratified 18th day of July, 2004.

WILMINGTON RACE RIOT COMMISSION (Wright)

SECTION 41.1. Section 17.1(c) of S.L. 2000-138, as amended by Section 3.1 of S.L. 2002-180, reads as rewritten:

"Section 17.1.(c) The Commission shall consist of 13 members, each of whom shall serve a four-year five-year term. Commission members shall be appointed on or before September 1, 2000, as follows:

    (1) The President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall appoint three members.
    (2) The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint three members.
    (3) The Governor shall appoint three public members, one of whom shall be a historian.
    (4) The Mayor and City Council of the City of Wilmington shall appoint two members.
    (5) The New Hanover County Commissioners shall appoint two members.

The Commission shall terminate on December 31, 2004. 2005."

SECTION 41.2. Section 17.1(e) of S.L. 2000-138, as amended by S.L. 2002-180, reads as rewritten: "Section 17.1.(e) The Commission may remove any of its members for neglect of duty, incompetence, or unprofessional conduct. Members serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority. A member subject to disciplinary proceedings shall be disqualified from participating in the official business of the Commission until the charges have been resolved."

SECTION 41.3. Section 17.1.(f) of S.L. 2000-138, as amended by S.L. 2002-180, reads as rewritten: "Section 17.1.(f) Members of the Commission shall not may receive per diem or reimbursement for travel or subsistence. From funds appropriated to the General Assembly, the Legislative Services Commission shall allocate funds for the per diem of the Commission."

SECTION 41.4. Section 17.1(g) of S.L. 2000-138, as amended by Section 3.2 of S.L. 2002-180, reads as rewritten: "Section 17.1.(g) The Commission's officers shall consist of two cochairs, a vice-chair, and other officers deemed necessary by the Commission to carry out the purposes of this Article. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint the cochairs of the Commission. All other officers shall be elected by the Commission. All officers shall serve for four-year five-year terms and shall serve until their successors are elected and qualified."

SECTION 41.5. Section 17.1(j) of S.L. 2000-138, as amended by Section 3.3 of S.L. 2002-180, reads as rewritten: "Section 17.1.(j) The Commission may submit to the General Assembly an interim report of its findings and recommendations. The Commission shall submit to the General Assembly a final report of its findings and recommendations no later than December 31, 2004. December 31, 2005. The final report may include suggestions for a permanent marker or memorial of the riot and whether to designate the event as with a historic site."

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