SEC. 69-10-9. Expenditure of funds; report of expenditures.
(1) The Mississippi Rice Promotion Board shall plan and conduct a program of research, education and advertising designed to promote the rice industry in Mississippi. The board is authorized to use the funds derived from the assessment imposed herein for these purposes, including basic administration expenses of the plan; provided, however, that the avails of the additional One Cent (1cents) assessment imposed from and after July 1, 1991, shall be expended solely for programs of research to promote further development of the rice industry in this state. Use of these funds may be applied, as prescribed in this section, within or without the State of Mississippi, including regional, national and international research and promotional applications.
(a) The Mississippi Legislature finds and declares that the factors which affect the ability of Mississippi rice farmers to market their crop are established by national and international forces in the world market. The Legislature further finds and declares that the expenditure of funds by the board for the purpose of influencing the development and implementation of national and international policy affecting the marketing of rice produced by Mississippi farmers is the expenditure of funds for a public purpose.
(b) The board may expend a portion of the funds received and administered by the board for the purpose of influencing the development and implementation of national and international policy affecting the marketing of rice produced by Mississippi farmers.
(c) The amount of funds expended by the board in each fiscal year for the purposes authorized in this subsection shall not exceed five percent (5%) of the budget of the board for that fiscal year.
(d) The board shall not expend any funds for the purpose of influencing any legislative action on the state level.
(3) A report of all expenditures shall be made annually with three (3) copies of the report to be filed with each of the following: the Clerk of the House of Representatives, the Secretary of the Senate and the State Law Library.
SOURCES: Laws, 1981, ch. 384, Sec. 5; 1991, ch. 307 Sec. 2, eff from and after passage (approved February 27, 1991). Laws, 1994, ch. 421, Sec. 3, eff from and after passage (approved March 16, 1994)