(By Delegate Trump)

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to make a study of the possible commissioning of artists and placement of statues of prominent West Virginians in the remaining eleven empty niches of the Capitol and the possible commissioning of artists and placement of eighteen paintings depicting historical events and persons that have shaped this state in the designated areas above the Rotunda niches, all in conformity with the original plans for the Capitol by the architect Cass Gilbert.

Whereas, The original plans for the Capitol building called for the placement of statues in the twelve niches located around the Capitol; and
The original plans of the State Capitol called for the placing of paintings in the eighteen recessed areas above and around the Rotunda niches; and
West Virginia's wonderful Capitol is and should always be a place where the history of this State and its people is recorded and memorialized for the benefit of all future generations of West Virginians; and
There are West Virginians who have played prominent roles in shaping the history of West Virginia and the United States of America, for whom it would be proper and appropriate to erect suitable statues; and
A statue of the Honorable Robert C. Byrd has been the only statue placed in any of the dozen niches in the Capitol since the beginning of construction of the main unit of the Capitol in 1930; and
West Virginia is home to many superbly talented artists whose skills and abilities could be used in adding appropriate statues and paintings to our marvelous Capitol; and
The State should seek to complete the original design intentions of the Capitol by Cass Gilbert, including the placement of appropriate statuary and paintings in the areas designed specifically for those purposes; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is requested to review, examine and study, seeking the assistance of the Division of Culture and History, all materials available dealing with the original Capitol plans, including correspondence between Cass Gilbert and the Capitol Building Commission and other relevant historical documents and to make recommendations to the Legislature regarding its findings, including, but not limited to, architectural intent, approximate costs for the commissioning of artists for the making of statues and paintings and a list of prominent West Virginians and historical events that have shaped this State and this Nation to be considered by the Legislature for commissioning of suitable art for placement in the Capitol; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2001, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study and prepare a report be paid from legislative appropriation to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.