As of Friday, the events calendar on the commission's website listed at least four re-enactments through July, but no symposiums or academic programs.
Inquiries about the commission were referred to Goodwin, who was out of town Friday and unavailable for comment.
Senate Majority Leader John Unger, D-Berkeley, represents the Legislature on the commission, and was instrumental in getting lawmakers to create and fund the panel.
Unger said he was aware of the divide on the commission, but has been preoccupied with the legislative session and with public hearings around the state on redistricting.
"I know there's been a big divide over using grant money for re-enactments," Unger said, "but I don't know enough about it to know whether they should or shouldn't."
Unger did note that, under the 2009 law creating the commission, the panel is supposed to provide a report to the Legislature each session, giving an update of the programs and events it is sponsoring. To date, he said, the commission has failed to provide the annual report.
"That's something they should have done, they're supposed to do, but they haven't done yet," he said.
Snell said the dissention is unfortunate, since the sesquicentennial is a once-in-a-lifetime event.
"It's really a shame," he said. "We had such a wonderful opportunity to do the right thing, and I just feel it's turning into a dog-and-pony show."
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