SEC. 65-1-165. Contract for development of comprehensive statewide litter prevention program.
The State Highway Department is hereby authorized to execute a contract with Keep Mississippi Beautiful, Inc., to develop and implement a comprehensive statewide program of litter prevention. The contract shall contain provisions to require that Keep Mississippi Beautiful, Inc., will:
(a) Encourage and assist local communities to become certified Keep America Beautiful systems.
(b) Serve as a state clearinghouse of information on ideas and projects to make local litter prevention programs more effective.
(c) Implement statewide communication programs to alert people to the problem of littering and how it can be corrected.
(d) Coordinate an annual statewide project which will heighten public awareness of the problem of littering.
(e) Establish an annual awards program to recognize individual and community achievement in litter prevention.
(f) Serve as the authority which approves and disburses financial assistance to any nonprofit corporation, county or municipality which, in a written application, seeks such assistance to implement a local litter prevention project. The financial assistance authorized herein shall not exceed forty percent (40%) of the cost of the local litter prevention project for which such assistance is sought.
(g) Encourage donation of funds from the private sector to assist in defraying the operation of the litter prevention program implemented pursuant to this section.
The contract may include any additional provisions which the highway department deems necessary to effectuate the litter prevention program contemplated by this section.
Keep Mississippi Beautiful, Inc., shall submit to the highway department on or before August 1 of each year a written report detailing the operation of the litter prevention program statewide and its expenditure of monies for such program during the preceding state fiscal year.
SOURCES: Laws, 1988, ch. 574, Sec. 1, eff from and after July 1, 1988.