1997 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Thames, Woodfield, Smith, Lee, Scoper, Johnson (19th), Rayborn, Mettetal, Furniss, Jackson, Gordon, Little, Hawks, Stogner, Tollison, Simmons, Horhn, Burton, White (5th), Harden, Kirby, White (29th), Cuevas, Carlton, Gollott, Harvey, Carter, Hamilton, Posey, Browning, Dickerson
Senate Bill 2228
(As Sent to Governor)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 69-41-5, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REVISE THE COMPOSITION OF THE MISSISSIPPI AGRIBUSINESS COUNCIL; TO AMEND SECTION 69-41-7, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT THE ANNUAL SALARY OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MISSISSIPPI AGRIBUSINESS COUNCIL SHALL NOT EXCEED THE ANNUAL SALARY OF THE COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE AND COMMERCE; TO AMEND SECTION 69-41-15, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REVISE THE COMPOSITION OF THE AGRIBUSINESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE; TO CREATE THE AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE TO BE COMPOSED OF AGRICULTURE BUSINESS LEADERS FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASSISTING THE MISSISSIPPI AGRIBUSINESS COUNCIL; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 69-41-5, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
69-41-5. (1) The council shall be composed of the following members:
(a) The Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce;
(b) The Director of Cooperative Extension Service, Mississippi State University;
(c) The Dean of Agriculture Science at Alcorn State University;
(d) The Chairman of the Agriculture Development Committee; and
(e) The Manager of the Agribusiness Investment Program, Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development, or his designee.
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(2) In conducting the studies and formulating the recommendations required of it, the council may elicit the support of and participation by any commercial, industrial, governmental, agricultural, minority and public interest organizations or associations, or individual members thereof, and any federal, state and local agencies and political subdivisions as may be necessary, or appropriate in the furtherance of the activities of the council.
(3) In addition, the council shall be authorized to contract or enter into agreements with other agencies or private research centers that it may deem necessary to carry out its duties and functions.
(4) Members of the council shall serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for any travel expenses in the amount provided by Section 25-3-41. Travel expenses incurred for attending meetings shall be reimbursed by each member's respective institution or agency, and all other travel expenses may be reimbursed by the council from funds appropriated therefor.
SECTION 2. Section 69-41-7, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
69-41-7. The council shall appoint a full-time, nonstate service executive director, herein called director, who shall be competent and qualified in the area of marketing and agriculture and who shall receive as compensation for services an annual salary as set by the council, but not to exceed the annual salary of the Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. The director shall be the one-point information contact on agricultural production, management and marketing issues and shall be charged with the duty of knowing the role and responsible personnel in each agency on matters related to agriculture. The director shall be directly responsible to the council for tasks assigned in the administration and implementation of programs developed by the council. The council may also employ a full-time, nonstate service administrative assistant or secretary for the director, whose salary shall be set by the council but not to exceed an amount recommended by the State Personnel Board.
SECTION 3. Section 69-41-15, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
69-41-15. (1) The Agribusiness Advisory Committee is created for the purpose of providing advice to the Mississippi Agribusiness Council and shall be composed of the following members:
(a) The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and five (5) additional members of the Senate, no more than two (2) members from one (1) congressional district. Upon recommendation by the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, the Lieutenant Governor shall appoint such five (5) additional members.
(b) The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee and five (5) additional members of the House, no more than two (2) members from one (1) congressional district. Upon recommendation by the Chairman of the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee, the Speaker shall appoint such five (5) additional members.
(2) The Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Chairman of the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee shall serve as Co-Chairmen of the Agribusiness Advisory Committee. (3) For attending meetings of the Agribusiness Advisory Committee, each legislative member shall receive per diem and expenses which shall be paid from the contingent expense funds of their respective houses in the same amounts as provided for committee meetings when the Legislature is not in session. However, no per diem and expenses shall be paid for attending meetings of the Agribusiness Advisory Committee while the Legislature is in session, and no per diem and expenses shall be paid without prior approval of the proper committee in the member's respective house. However, travel expenses incurred by members of the Agribusiness Advisory Committee which are not incurred for the purpose of attending committee meetings may be reimbursed by the Mississippi Agribusiness Council in the amount provided by Section 25-3-41, Mississippi Code of 1972.
SECTION 4. The Agriculture Development Committee is created and shall be composed of agriculture business leaders and farmers as are appointed by the Mississippi Agribusiness Council; one (1) of the members shall be a representative of Mississippi State University, and one (1) shall be a representative of Alcorn State University. The Development Committee shall work with the Mississippi Agribusiness Council in carrying out its duties and purposes. Members of the Development Committee shall serve without compensation.
SECTION 5. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1997.