Jones said the Department of Natural Resources, overseeing the Division of State Parks, runs the museum and that “state statute requires the Department to coordinate activities relating to the Museum with the Board of Public Buildings.”
“The statutorily mandated process was not followed in this instance, thereby, causing the Department of Natural Resources to remove the display,” she said.
The Board of Public Buildings includes the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.
A state law says the DNR “shall coordinate its activities relating to the museum with those of the board of public buildings in the use and utilization of the corridors … as may be necessary for the display and exhibits of the museum and the memorial hall.”
The Board of Public Buildings typically acts on public funding for state-owned buildings such as the Capitol and it also delegates other decisions to the Office of Administration.
There is no mention of any museum exhibits in available Board of Public Building minutes dating back to 2016.
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Uriah Stark, legislative aide for state Rep. Mitch Boggs, R-La Russell, posted pictures of the exhibit Tuesday on Facebook.