1997 Regular Session
To: Ways and Means
By: Representative Williams
House Bill 1078
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 29-9-9, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO AUTHORIZE STATE AGENCIES TO TRANSFER OBSOLETE OR UNNECESSARY PROPERTY TO ANY POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OR LOCAL GOVERNING AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 29-9-9, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
29-9-9. (1) Whenever any vehicle, equipment, office furniture, office fixture, or any other personal property which has been acquired or is owned by any institution, department or agency of the State of Mississippi becomes obsolete or is no longer needed or required for the use of such institution, department or agency, the same may be sold for cash, transferred, traded or exchanged for other property, furniture, equipment, fixture or vehicle needed by said institution, department or agency after having first obtained the written approval of the Governor's Office of General Services and the State Auditor or approval by the Legislative Budget Office if utilized under the jurisdiction of the Legislature. The singular shall include the plural. Transfers made pursuant to this subsection may be made to any political subdivision or local governing authority of the State of Mississippi.
(2) The proceeds of all cash sales made, as authorized in this section, shall be paid over into the support and maintenance or contingent fund of the institution, department or agency as it deems best.
(3) The head of each state institution, department or agency shall be responsible and liable personally and on his official bond, in the amount of the value shown on the state inventory, for the disposal of any property contrary to the provisions of this section.
(4) The Office of General Services, on the approval of the Public Procurement Review Board, is hereby authorized and empowered to make reasonable rules and regulations and to require such information as may be necessary to carry out the purpose and provisions of this section.
(5) Any violation of the provisions hereof by any elected head of any institution, department, commission or agency of the State of Mississippi, or any appointee or employee of any institution, department, agency or commission coming under the provisions of this section, shall constitute a misdemeanor and, upon conviction therefor, shall be punished by a fine of not exceeding One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) in addition to personal and official liability, as hereinabove provided.
(6) The provisions of this section shall not apply to the disposal of any unneeded personal property at the project described in Section 57-75-5(f)(vii), Mississippi Code of 1972. Any such unneeded property may be disposed of by the Mississippi Major Economic Impact Authority under such rules and regulations as may be adopted by such authority. The provisions of this subsection (6) shall stand repealed from and after July 1, 1998.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1997.