1997 Regular Session
To: Ports and Marine Resources
By: Senator(s) Hewes
Senate Bill 2270
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 59-5-37, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO CLARIFY THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE STATE PORT AUTHORITY; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 59-5-37, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
59-5-37. The board or State Port Authority, shall have the following powers and duties: * * *
(a) To make all contracts and purchases incidental to or necessary for the advancement, promotion, development, establishment, insurance, maintenance, repair, improvement and operation of any ports, harbors, rivers, channels and waterways;
(b) To employ personnel and to establish compensation, benefits, travel regulations and other personnel policies as may be advisable to attract and retain personnel necessary for the operation of the port. In establishing benefits the authority may pay actual and necessary relocation expenses not to exceed Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) but leave benefits shall not exceed those for state employees;
(c) To sue and be sued in its own name;
(d) To contract for national and international travel;
(e) To establish a trade development and promotion account to pay all direct and necessary expenses for the promotion and development of the state port;
(f) To make such contracts or purchases without the necessity of prior advertisement or public bids, if the contracts or purchases do not involve expenditure of sums in excess of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00); and any other contracts let for any port, harbor, river, channel or waterway improvements shall be advertised as required by law for the letting of public contracts, and * * * shall be awarded to the lowest and best bidder who shall make bond as shall be required by the board or State Port Authority conditioned for the faithful prosecution and completion of work according to such contracts, such bond to be furnished by a corporate surety company qualified to do business in this state. Except, however, that the board may negotiate and enter into contracts with responsible lessees for the construction of facilities by lessees, such as those referred to in Section 59-5-11, and the acquisition thereof by the board upon such terms and conditions and for such amount as may be approved by the board.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force and after its passage.