(SB 218)

State Brand Board provisions reformed.

         ENTITLED, An Act to  revise certain provisions relating to state livestock ownership inspection, to revise the composition and duties of the State Brand Board, and to declare an emergency.


     Section  1.  That § 40-18-1 be amended to read as follows:

     40-18-1.   The State Brand Board shall consist of five members appointed by the Governor. Statewide nonprofit agricultural organizations , incorporated under state law or other interested persons , may submit nominations to the Governor prior to December first each year from which nominations for appointment or appointments shall be made. In the event no nominations are received,the Governor shall make such appointment without reference to such nominations .

     Section  2.  That § 40-18-2 be amended to read as follows:

     40-18-2.   The At least three of the five members of the board shall be persons who derive the major portion of their income from the livestock business and who are owners of brands duly recorded with the board. At least three of the five members of the board shall reside in the

livestock ownership inspection areas. No appointed member may act as a member of the board while he holds holding an elective or appointive state or federal office. No more than three of the members shall be of any one political party.

     Section  3.  That § 40-18-3 be amended to read as follows:

     40-18-3.   Appointments to the board shall be made for terms of five three years expiring on the first Monday in January in each year and in . In case of vacancy prior to expiration of a term, appointment shall be made for the balance of the unexpired term only , under the same procedure provided for in §   40-18-1 . However, the initial appointments to be made pursuant to this Act shall be made for staggered terms of one, two, two, three, and three years .

     Section  4.  Notwithstanding any previous action terminating the existing livestock ownership inspection program on August 11, 2004, the existing livestock ownership inspection program shall continue in effect through March 31, 2005, unless prior to that date a subsequent contract is negotiated and becomes effective.

     Section  5.  Whereas, this Act is necessary for the support of the state government and its existing public institutions, an emergency is hereby declared to exist, and this Act shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and approval.

     Signed March 16, 2004.