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First Substitute H.B. 155

Representative John G. Mathis proposes the following substitute bill:





Chief Sponsor: John G. Mathis

Senate Sponsor: Dennis E. Stowell

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies the Utah Agricultural Code to address the activities of the
             11      Agricultural Advisory Board.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    expands the duties and membership of the Agricultural Advisory Board to
             15      encompass issues related to the care of livestock and poultry; and
             16          .    makes technical changes.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          4-2-7, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 175
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

             26          Section 1. Section 4-2-7 is amended to read:
             27           4-2-7. Agricultural Advisory Board created -- Composition -- Responsibility --
             28      Terms of office -- Compensation.
             29          (1) There is created the Agricultural Advisory Board composed of 13 members
             30      representing each of the following:
             31          (a) Utah Farm Bureau Federation;
             32          (b) Utah Farmers Union;
             33          (c) Utah Cattlemen's Association;
             34          (d) Utah Wool Growers' Association;
             35          (e) Utah Dairymen's Association;
             36          (f) Utah Pork Producer's Association;
             37          (g) egg and poultry producers;
             38          [(g)] (h) Utah Veterinary Medical Association;
             39          [(h)] (i) Livestock Auction Marketing Association;
             40          [(i)] (j) Utah Association of Conservation Districts;
             41          [(j)] (k) the Utah horse industry;
             42          [(k)] (l) the food processing industry;
             43          [(l)] (m) manufacturers of food supplements; and
             44          [(m)] (n) a consumer affairs group.
             45          (2) The Agricultural Advisory Board shall advise the commissioner regarding:
             46          (a) the planning, implementation, and administration of the department's programs[.];
             47      and
             48          (b) the establishment of standards governing the care of livestock and poultry, as part
             49      of which the Agricultural Advisory Board may consider:
             50          (i) food safety;
             51          (ii) local availability and affordability of food; and
             52          (iii) acceptable practices for livestock and farm management.
             53          (3) (a) Except as required by Subsection (3)(c), members are appointed by the
             54      commissioner to four-year terms of office.
             55          (b) Representatives of the organizations cited in Subsections (1)(a) through (1)(h) shall
             56      be appointed to the Agricultural Advisory Board by the commissioner from a list of nominees

             57      submitted by each organization.
             58          (c) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (3)(a), the commissioner shall, at
             59      the time of appointment or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of
             60      board members are staggered so that approximately half of the board is appointed every two
             61      years.
             62          (d) Members may be removed at the discretion of the commissioner upon the request
             63      of the group they represent.
             64          (e) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the replacement shall be
             65      appointed for the unexpired term.
             66          (4) The board shall elect one member to serve as chair of the Agricultural Advisory
             67      Board for a term of one year.
             68          (5) (a) The board shall meet four times annually, but may meet more often at the
             69      discretion of the chair.
             70          (b) Attendance of seven members at a duly called meeting constitutes a quorum for the
             71      transaction of official business.
             72          (6) (a) Members shall receive no compensation or benefits for their services, but may
             73      receive per diem and expenses incurred in the performance of the member's official duties at
             74      the rates established by the Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
             75          (b) Members may decline to receive per diem and expenses for their service.

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