1.  There is hereby established the designation of “Missouri Historical Theater”.

 2.  As used in this section, the following terms mean:

Terms Used In Missouri Laws 185.070

  • following: when used by way of reference to any section of the statutes, mean the section next preceding or next following that in which the reference is made, unless some other section is expressly designated in the reference. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • State: when applied to any of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020

 (1)  “Missouri state council on the arts” or “council”, as established in section 185.010;

 (2)  “Theater”, a 501(c)(3) organization that produces plays, musicals, and other dramatic performances.

 3.  The council shall administer the Missouri historical theater program including, but not limited to, creating application forms, establishing a time line for applications, announcing theaters receiving the designation, creating a process to ensure theaters who receive the designation maintain eligibility, and establishing an application fee to cover the costs of administering the program and providing the certificate in subsection 5 of this section.

 4.  The council shall use the following criteria to determine which theaters should receive the state historical theater designation:

 (1)  The theater is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization;

 (2)  The theater produces a minimum of three shows open to the public each year;

 (3)  The extent to which the theater contributes to tourism in Missouri;

 (4)  The extent to which the theater promotes the arts in its community and throughout Missouri; and

 (5)  The theater has been operational for a minimum of fifty years.

 5.  All theaters selected for the state historical theater designation shall receive a certificate, suitable for framing, from the council.

 6.  Each year, the council shall provide a list of theaters that have the state historical theater designation to the division of tourism.

 7.  With the advice of the Missouri state council on the arts, the director of the department of economic development may promulgate all necessary rules and regulations for the administration of this section.  Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028.  This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2019, shall be invalid and void.