2007 Regular Session
By: Representative Montgomery
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 73-36-7, 73-36-9 AND 73-36-35, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO DELETE CERTAIN REFERENCES TO THE TERM "REGISTERED FORESTER" AS USED IN THE FORESTERS REGISTRATION LAW OF 1977; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 73-36-7, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
73-36-7. Nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed as preventing any person, firm, partnership or corporation from practicing forestry or managing woodlands, forests or trees on any land, provided such acts are not performed or offered to the public for compensation, unless otherwise exempted in Section 73-36-5.
SECTION 2. Section 73-36-9, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
73-36-9. There is hereby created the State Board of Registration for Foresters of the State of Mississippi for the purposes of safeguarding forests by regulating the practice of forestry and requiring that persons practicing or offering to practice forestry * * * to be registered. The board shall be composed of seven (7) members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. One (1) member shall be appointed from each of the six (6) forestry commission districts as constituted on January 1, 1999, and one (1) member shall be appointed at large. The State Forester of Mississippi shall serve as an ex officio member of the board. Each of the members shall be a forester within the meaning of this chapter with at least three (3) years' experience in such field, and a resident and citizen of the State of Mississippi at the time of his appointment. Within thirty (30) days after the passage of this chapter, the Governor shall appoint the members, designating a term of office of one (1), two (2), three (3), four (4) or five (5) years for each of the members as appointed; provided, however, two (2) members shall serve a term of one (1) year and two (2) shall serve a term of four (4) years. As the terms of office of the members so appointed expire, successors shall be appointed for terms of five (5) years. Any vacancy occurring in the membership of the board shall be filled by the Governor for the unexpired term. The Governor shall have the right, upon the approval of a majority of the board, to remove any members of the board for inefficiency, neglect of duty or dishonorable conduct.
SECTION 3. Section 73-36-35, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
73-36-35. Any person whopractices or offers to practice the profession of forestry in this state * * * without being registered in accordance with this chapter, or any person whouses in connection with his name, or otherwise assumes, uses or advertises any title or description tending to convey the impression that he is a registered forester without being registered in accordance with this chapter, or any person whopresents or attempts to use as his own the license of another, or any person whogives any false or forged evidence of any kind to the board or any member in obtaining a license, or any person whoattempts to use an expired or revoked license, or any person, firm, partnership or corporation whoviolates any of the provisions of this chapter and has not been issued an administrative fine by the board for the violation is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction,shall be fined not more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) for each violation. The board, or any person or persons as may be designated by the board to act in its stead, is empowered to prefer charges for any violations of this chapter in any court of competent jurisdiction. It shall be the duty of all duly constituted officers of the law of this state to enforce the provisions of this chapter and to prosecute any persons, firms, partnerships or corporations violating same. The Attorney General of the state or his designated assistant shall act as legal advisor of the board and render such assistance as may be necessary in carrying out the provisions of this chapter.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2007.