1997 Regular Session
To: Ports and Marine Resources
By: Senator(s) Hewes
Senate Bill 2926
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 59-5-21, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT AT LEAST ONE OF THE GUBERNATORIAL APPOINTEES TO THE STATE PORT AUTHORITY MUST HAVE PORT OR MARITIME EXPERIENCE; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 59-5-21, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
59-5-21. Any port or harbor, or any part thereof, and all facilities, structures, lands or other improvements, acquired by or conveyed to the state, shall be operated by the board acting through a state port authority for such port or harbor, except as may be otherwise provided in this chapter. Such state port authority shall be an agency of the state and shall be vested, in addition to the rights, powers and duties conferred hereunder, with the same jurisdiction and the same rights, powers and duties vested by law in the port commission or port authority or other authorized port or harbor agency having jurisdiction of such port or harbor under statutes in effect on the date of the conveyance of such port or harbor, or any part thereof, to the state. Such state port authority shall consist of five (5) qualified electors of the city or county in which such port or harbor is located. The initial terms of the members of such port authority shall be staggered, one (1) member thereof, to be appointed by the governing authorities of the municipality in which such port or harbor is located or adjacent to, to serve for an initial term of one (1) year, one (1) member thereof, to be appointed by the board of supervisors of the county in which such port or harbor is located, to serve for an initial term of two (2) years, and three (3) members thereof, to be appointed by the Governor, to serve for initial terms of three (3), four (4) and five (5) years respectively, but all succeeding appointments shall be for terms of five (5) years. At least one (1) of the members of the port authority appointed by the Governor must have maritime or port experience. The members of the state port authority shall organize in the same manner authorized by law for the port commission or port authority formerly having jurisdiction over such port or harbor, or any part thereof. Members of the state port authority shall be entitled to compensation pursuant to Section 25-3-69 and travel expenses pursuant to Section 25-3-41. In its operation of such port or harbor, or any part thereof, such state port authority shall not be responsible to the city or county, or other authorized port or harbor agency, in which such port or harbor, or any part thereof, may be located, but shall be responsible solely to the board, and the board shall have the same rights and duties and the same relationship toward such state port authority as is vested by law in the county, city or other authorized port or harbor agency in its relation to the port commission or port authority formerly having jurisdiction of such port or harbor, or part thereof. Before entering upon the duties of the office, each of said members shall take and subscribe to the oath of office required by Section 268 of the Constitution of the State of Mississippi, and shall file same with the Secretary of State, and shall give bond in the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00), with a surety company or companies, authorized to do business in this state, conditioned according to law, and to be delivered to and approved by the Treasurer of the State of Mississippi; the premiums on said bonds shall be paid from port funds.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1997.