CHAPTER NO. 749
HOUSE BILL NO. 2351
By Representatives Givens, Newton, Curtiss, Ronnie Cole, White, Bone, Maddox, Fitzhugh, Pinion, Sands, Hargrove, Rhinehart, Lewis, Ferguson, Mumpower, Walker
Substituted for: Senate Bill No. 2489
By Senators Haun, Crowe, Herron, Davis
AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 43, to enact the Southern Dairy Compact.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:
SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 43, is amended by adding Sections 2 through 12 inclusive of this act as a new, appropriately designated chapter.
SECTION 2. The Southern Dairy Compact is hereby enacted into law by the Tennessee General Assembly and is hereby entered into on behalf of the State of Tennessee, with all other jurisdictions legally joining therein in a form substantially similar to the text adopted herein. The compact shall become effective when enacted into law by at least two (2) other states within the compact group of states in a form substantially similar to the text as follows and when the consent of Congress has been obtained. The text of the proposed compact is as follows:
SOUTHERN DAIRY COMPACT
ARTICLE I. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE, FINDINGS AND
DECLARATION OF POLICY
§ 1. Statement of purpose, findings and declaration of policy
The purpose of this compact is to recognize the interstate character of the southern dairy industry and the prerogative of the states under the United States Constitution to form an interstate commission for the southern region. The mission of the commission is to take such steps as are necessary to assure continued viability of dairy farming in the south, and to assure consumers of an adequate, local supply of pure and wholesome milk.
The participating states find and declare that the dairy industry is an essential agricultural activity of the south. Dairy farms, and associated suppliers, marketers, processors and retailers are an integral component of the region's economy. Their ability to provide a stable, local supply of pure, wholesome milk is a matter of great importance to the health and welfare of the region.
The participating states further find that dairy farms are essential and they are an integral part of the region's rural communities. The farms preserve land for agricultural purposes and provide needed economic stimuli for rural communities.
In establishing their constitutional regulatory authority over the region's fluid milk market by this compact, the participating states declare their purpose that this compact neither displace the federal order system nor encourage the merging of federal orders. Specific provisions of the compact itself set forth this basic principle.
Designed as a flexible mechanism able to adjust to changes in a regulated marketplace, the compact also contains a contingency provision should the federal order system be discontinued. In that event, the interstate commission is authorized to regulate the marketplace in replacement of the order system. This contingent authority does not anticipate such a change, however, and should not be so construed. It is only provided should developments in the market other than establishment of this compact result in discontinuance of the order system.
By entering into this compact, the participating states affirm that their ability to regulate the price which southern dairy farmers receive for their product is essential to the public interest. Assurance of a fair and equitable price for dairy farmers ensures their ability to provide milk to the market and the vitality of the southern dairy industry, with all the associated benefits.
Recent, dramatic price fluctuations, with a pronounced downward trend, threaten the viability and stability of the southern dairy region. Historically, individual state regulatory action had been an effective emergency remedy available to farmers confronting a distressed market. The federal order system, implemented by the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, establishes only minimum prices paid to producers for raw milk, without preempting the power of states to regulate milk prices above the minimum levels so established.
In today's regional dairy marketplace, cooperative, rather than individual state action is needed to more effectively address the market disarray. Under our constitutional system, properly authorized states acting cooperatively may exercise more power to regulate interstate commerce than they may assert individually without such authority. For this reason, the participating states invoke their authority to act in common agreement, with the consent of Congress, under the compact clause of the Constitution.
ARTICLE II. DEFINITIONS AND RULES OF CONSTRUCTION
§ 2. Definitions
For the purposes of this compact, and of any supplemental or concurring legislation enacted pursuant thereto, except as may be otherwise required by the context:
(1) "Class I milk" means milk disposed of in fluid form or as a fluid milk product, subject to further definition in accordance with the principles expressed in subdivision (b) of section three.
(2) "Commission" means the Southern Dairy Compact Commission established by this compact.
(3) "Commission marketing order" means regulations adopted by the commission pursuant to Sections 9 and 10 of this compact in place of a terminated federal marketing order or state dairy regulation. Such order may apply throughout the region or in any part or parts thereof as defined in the regulations of the commission. Such order may establish minimum prices for any or all classes of milk.
(4) "Compact" means this interstate compact.
(5) "Compact over-order price" means a minimum price required to be paid to producers for Class I milk established by the commission in regulations adopted pursuant to Sections 9 and 10 of this compact, which is above the price established in federal marketing orders or by state farm price regulations in the regulated area. Such price may apply throughout the region or in any part or parts thereof as defined in the regulations of the commission.
(6) "Milk" means the lacteral secretion of cows and includes all skim, butterfat, or other constituents obtained from separation or any other process. The term is used in its broadest sense and may be further defined by the commission for regulatory purposes.
(7) "Partially regulated plant" means a milk plant not located in a regulated area but having Class I distribution within such area. Commission regulations may exempt plants having such distribution or receipts in amounts less than the limits defined therein.
(8) "Participating state" means a state which has become a party to this compact by the enactment of concurring legislation.
(9) "Pool plant" means any milk plant located in a regulated area.
(10) "Region" means the territorial limits of the states which are parties to this compact.
(11) "Regulated area" means any area within the region governed by and defined in regulations establishing a compact over-order price or commission marketing order.
(12) "State dairy regulation" means any state regulation of dairy prices, and associated assessments, whether by statute, marketing order or otherwise.
§ 3. Rules of construction
(a) This compact shall not be construed to displace existing federal milk marketing orders or state dairy regulation in the region but to supplement them. In the event some or all federal orders in the region are discontinued, the compact shall be construed to provide the commission the option to replace them with one (1) or more commission marketing orders pursuant to this compact.
(b) The compact shall be construed liberally in order to achieve the purposes and intent enunciated in section 1. It is the intent of this compact to establish a basic structure by which the commission may achieve those purposes through the application, adaptation and development of the regulatory techniques historically associated with milk marketing and to afford the commission broad flexibility to devise regulatory mechanisms to achieve the purposes of this compact. In accordance with this intent, the technical terms which are associated with market order regulation and which have acquired commonly understood general meanings are not defined herein but the commission may further define the terms used in this compact and develop additional concepts and define additional terms as it may find appropriate to achieve its purposes.
ARTICLE III. COMMISSION ESTABLISHED
§ 4. Commission established
There is hereby created a commission to administer the compact, composed of delegations from each state in the region. The commission shall be known as the Southern Dairy Compact Commission. A delegation shall include not less than three (3) nor more than five (5) persons. Each delegation shall include at least one (1) dairy farmer who is engaged in the production of milk at the time of appointment or reappointment, and one (1) consumer representative. Delegation members shall be residents and voters of, and subject to such confirmation process as is provided for in the appointing state. Delegation members shall serve no more than three (3) consecutive terms with no single term of more than four (4) years, and be subject to removal for cause. In all other respects, delegation members shall serve in accordance with the laws of the state represented. The compensation, if any, of the members of a state delegation shall be determined and paid by each state, but their expenses shall be paid by the commission.
§ 5. Voting requirements
All actions taken by the commission, except for the establishment or termination of an over-order price or commission marketing order, and the adoption, amendment or rescission of the commission's by-laws, shall be by majority vote of the delegations present. Each state delegation shall be entitled to one (1) vote in the conduct of the commission's affairs. Establishment or termination of an over-order price or commission marketing order shall require at least a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the delegations present. The establishment of a regulated area which covers all or part of a participating state shall require also the affirmative vote of that state's delegation. A majority of the delegations from the participating states shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of the commission's business.
§ 6. Administration and management
(a) The commission shall elect annually from among the members of the participating state delegations a chairperson, a vice-chairperson, and a treasurer. The commission shall appoint an executive director and fix his or her duties and compensation. The executive director shall serve at the pleasure of the commission, and together with the treasurer, shall be bonded in an amount determined by the commission The commission may establish through its by-laws an executive committee composed of one (1) member elected by each delegation.
(b) The commission shall adopt by-laws for the conduct of its business by a two-thirds (2/3) vote, and shall have the power by the same vote to amend and rescind these by-laws. The commission shall publish its by-laws in convenient form with the appropriate agency or officer in each of the participating states. The by-laws shall provide for appropriate notice to the delegations of all commission meetings and hearings and of the business to be transacted at such meetings or hearings. Notice also shall be given to other agencies or officers of participating states as provided by the laws of those states.
(c) The commission shall file an annual report with the Secretary of Agriculture of the United States, and with each of the participating states by submitting copies to the governor, both houses of the legislature, and the head of the state department having responsibilities for agriculture.
(d) In addition to the powers and duties elsewhere prescribed in this compact, the commission shall have the power:
(1) To sue and be sued in any state or federal court;
(2) To have a seal and alter the same at pleasure;
(3) To acquire, hold, and dispose of real and personal property by gift, purchase, lease, license, or other similar manner, for its corporate purposes;
(4) To borrow money and issue notes, to provide for the rights of the holders thereof and to pledge the revenue of the commission as security therefor, subject to the provisions of section 18 of this compact;
(5) To appoint such officers, agents, and employees as it may deem necessary, prescribe their powers, duties and qualifications; and
(6) To create and abolish such offices, employments and positions as it deems necessary for the purposes of the compact and provide for the removal, term, tenure, compensation, fringe benefits, pension, and retirement rights of its officers and employees. The commission may also retain personal services on a contract basis.
§ 7. Rulemaking power
In addition to the power to promulgate a compact over-order price or commission marketing orders as provided by this compact, the commission is further empowered to make and enforce such additional rules and regulations as it deems necessary to implement any provisions of this compact, or to effectuate in any other respect the purposes of this compact.
ARTICLE IV. POWERS OF THE COMMISSION
§ 8. Powers to promote regulatory uniformity, simplicity, and interstate cooperation
The commission is hereby empowered to:
(1) Investigate or provide for investigations or research projects designed to review the existing laws and regulations of the participating states, to consider their administration and costs, to measure their impact on the production and marketing of milk and their effects on the shipment of milk and milk products within the region.
(2) Study and recommend to the participating states joint or cooperative programs for the administration of the dairy marketing laws and regulations and to prepare estimates of cost savings and benefits of such programs.
(3) Encourage the harmonious relationships between the various elements in the industry for the solution of their material problems. Conduct symposia or conferences designed to improve industry relations, or a better understanding of problems.
(4) Prepare and release periodic reports on activities and results of the commission's efforts to the participating states.
(5) Review the existing marketing system for milk and milk products and recommend changes in the existing structure for assembly and distribution of milk which may assist, improve or promote more efficient assembly and distribution of milk.
(6) Investigate costs and charges for producing, hauling, handling, processing, distributing, selling and for all other services performed with respect to milk.
(7) Examine current economic forces affecting producers, probable trends in production and consumption, the level of dairy farm prices in relation to costs, the financial conditions of dairy farmers, and the need for an emergency order to relieve critical conditions on dairy farms.
§ 9. Equitable farm prices
(a) The powers granted in this section and section 10 shall apply only to the establishment of a compact over-order price, so long as federal milk marketing orders remain in effect in the region. In the event that any or all such orders are terminated, this article shall authorize the commission to establish one (1) or more commission marketing orders, as herein provided, in the region or parts thereof as defined in the order.
(b) A compact over-order price established pursuant to this section shall apply only to Class I milk. Such compact over-order price shall not exceed one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50) per gallon at Atlanta, Georgia; however, this compact over-order price shall be adjusted upward or downward at other locations in the region to reflect differences in minimum federal order prices. Beginning in 1990, and using that year as a base, the foregoing one dollar fifty cents ($1.50) per gallon maximum shall be adjusted annually by the rate of change in the Consumer Price Index as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor. For purposes of the pooling and equalization of an over-order price, the value of milk used in other use classifications shall be calculated at the appropriate class price established pursuant to the applicable federal order or state dairy regulation and the value of unregulated milk shall be calculated in relation to the nearest prevailing class price in accordance with and subject to such adjustments as the commission may prescribe in regulations.
(c) A commission marketing order shall apply to all classes and uses of milk.
(d) The commission is hereby empowered to establish a compact over-order price for milk to be paid by pool plants and partially regulated plants. The commission is also empowered to establish a compact over-order price to be paid by all other handlers receiving milk from producers located in a regulated area. This price shall be established either as a compact over-order or by one (1) or more commission marketing orders. Whenever such a price has been established by either type of regulation, the legal obligation to pay such price shall be determined solely by the terms and purpose of the regulation without regard to the situs of the transfer of title, possession or any other factors not related to the purposes of the regulation and this compact. Producer-handlers as defined in an applicable federal market order shall not be subject to a compact over-order price. The commission shall provide for similar treatment of producer-handlers under commission marketing orders.
(e) In determining the price, the commission shall consider the balance between production and consumption of milk and milk products in the regulated area, the costs of production including, but not limited to the price of feed, the cost of labor including the reasonable value of the producer's own labor and management, machinery expense, and interest expense, the prevailing price for milk outside the regulated area, the purchasing power of the public and the price necessary to yield a reasonable return to the producer and distributor.
(f) When establishing a compact over-order price, the commission shall take such other action as is necessary and feasible to help ensure that the over-order price does not cause or compensate producers so as to generate local production of milk in excess of those quantities necessary to assure consumers of an adequate supply for fluid purposes.
(g) The commissions shall whenever possible enter into agreements with state or federal agencies for exchange of information or services for the purpose of reducing regulatory- burden and cost of administering the compact. The commission may reimburse other agencies for the reasonable cost of providing these services.
§ 10. Optional provisions for pricing order
Regulations establishing a compact over-order price or a commission marketing order may contain, but shall not be limited to any of the following:
(1) Provisions classifying milk in accordance with the form in which or purpose for which it is used, or creating a flat pricing program.
(2) With respect to a commission marketing order only, provisions establishing or providing a method for establishing separate minimum prices for each use classification prescribed by the commission, or a single minimum price for milk purchased from producers or associations of producers.
(3) With respect to an over-order minimum price, provisions establishing or providing a method for establishing such minimum price for Class I milk.
(4) Provisions for establishing either an over-order price or a commission marketing order may make use of any reasonable method for establishing such price or prices including flat pricing and formula pricing. Provision may also be made for location adjustments, zone differentials and for competitive credits with respect to regulated handlers who market outside the regulated area.
(5) Provisions for the payment to all producers and associations of producers delivering milk to all handlers of uniform prices for all milk so delivered, irrespective of the uses made of such milk by the individual handler to whom it is delivered, or for the payment of producers delivering milk to the same handler of uniform prices for all milk delivered by them. The prices required by this provision shall not apply to milk marketed, diverted or otherwise delivered to a plant located outside the compact region.
(A) With respect to regulations establishing a compact over-order price, the commission may establish either (i) provisions for each handler for the payment of uniform prices to producers for all milk delivered to such handler or (ii) one (1) equalization pool within the regulated area for the sole purpose of equalizing returns to producers throughout the regulated area.
(B) With respect to any commission marketing order, as defined in section 2, subdivision 9, which replaces one (1) or more terminated federal orders or state dairy regulations, the marketing area of now separate state or federal orders shall not be merged without the affirmative consent of each state, voting through its delegation, which is partly or wholly included within any such new marketing area.
(6) Provisions requiring persons who bring Class I milk into the regulated area to make compensatory payments with respect to all such milk to the extent necessary to equalize the cost of milk purchased by handlers subject to a compact over-order price or commission marketing order. No such provisions shall discriminate against milk producers outside the regulated area. The provisions for compensatory payments may require payment of the difference between the Class I price required to be paid for such milk in the state of production by a federal milk marketing order or state dairy regulation and the Class I price established by the compact over-order price or commission marketing order.
(7) Provisions specially governing the pricing and pooling of milk handled by partially regulated plants.
(8) Provisions requiring that the account of any person regulated under the compact over-order price shall be adjusted for any payments made to or received by such persons with respect to a producer settlement fund of any federal or state milk marketing order or other state dairy regulation within the regulated area.
(9) Provisions requiring the payment by handlers of an assessment to cover the costs of the administration and enforcement of such order pursuant to Article VII, Section 18(a).
(10) Provisions for reimbursement to participants of the Women, Infants and Children Special Supplemental Food Program of the United States Child Nutrition Act of 1966.
(11) Other provisions and requirements as the commission may find are necessary or appropriate to effectuate the purposes of this compact and to provide for the payment of fair and equitable minimum prices to producers.
ARTICLE V. RULEMAKING PROCEDURE
Before promulgation of any regulations establishing a compact over-order price or commission marketing order, including any provision with respect to milk supply under subsection 9(f), or amendment thereof, as provided in Article IV, the commission shall conduct an informal rulemaking proceeding to provide interested persons with an opportunity to present data and views. Such rulemaking proceeding shall be governed by section 4 of the Federal Administrative Procedure Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. § 553). In addition, the commission shall, to the extent practicable, publish notice of rulemaking proceedings in the official register of each participating state. Before the initial adoption of regulations establishing a compact over-order price or a commission marketing order and thereafter before any amendment with regard to prices or assessments, the commission shall hold a public hearing. The commission may commence a rulemaking proceeding on its own initiative or may in its sole discretion act upon the petition of any person including individual milk producers, any organization of milk producers or handlers, general farm organizations, consumer or public interest groups, and local, state or federal officials.
§ 12. Findings and referendum
(a) In addition to the concise general statement of basis and purpose required by section 4(b) of the Federal Administrative Procedure Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. § 553(c)), the commission shall make findings of fact with respect to:
(1) Whether the public interest will be served by the establishment of minimum milk prices to dairy farmers under Article IV.
(2) What level of prices will assure that producers receive a price sufficient to cover their costs of production and will elicit an adequate supply of milk for the inhabitants of the regulated area and for manufacturing purposes.
(3) Whether the major provisions of the order, other than those fixing minimum milk prices, are in the public interest and are reasonably designed to achieve the purposes of the order.
(4) Whether the terms of the proposed regional order or amendment are approved by producers as provided in Section 13.
§ 13. Producer referendum
(a) For the purpose of ascertaining whether the issuance or amendment of regulations establishing a compact over-order price or a commission marketing order, including any provision with respect to milk supply under subsection 9(f), is approved by producers, the commission shall conduct a referendum among producers. The referendum shall be held in a timely manner, as determined by regulation of the commission. The terms and conditions of the proposed order or amendment shall be described by the commission in the ballot used in the conduct of the referendum, but the nature, content, or extent of such description shall not be a basis for attacking the legality of the order or any action relating thereto.
(b) An order or amendment shall be deemed approved by producers if the commission determines that it is approved by at least two-thirds (_) of the voting producers who, during a representative period determined by the commission, have been engaged in the production of milk the price of which would be regulated under the proposed order or amendment.
(c) In order to insure that all milk producers are informed regarding the proposed order, the commission shall notify all milk producers that an order is being considered and that each producer may register his approval or disapproval with the commission directly.
(d) Any producer may obtain a ballot from the commission in order to register approval or disapproval of the proposed order. No form of block voting will be allowed.
§ 14. Termination of over-order price or marketing order
(a) The commission shall terminate any regulations establishing an over-order price or commission marketing order issued under this article whenever it finds that such order or price obstructs or does not tend to effectuate the declared policy of this compact.
(b) The commission shall terminate any regulations establishing an over-order price or a commission marketing order issued under this article whenever it finds that such termination is favored by a majority of the producers who, during a representative period determined by the commission, have been engaged in the production of milk the price of which is regulated by such order; but such termination shall be effective only if announced on or before such date as may be specified in such marketing agreement or order.
(c) The termination or suspension of any order or provision thereof, shall not be considered an order within the meaning of this article and shall require no hearing, but shall comply with the requirements for informal rulemaking prescribed by section 4 of the Federal Administrative Procedure Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. § 553).
ARTICLE VI. ENFORCEMENT
§ 15. Records; reports; access to premises
(a) The commission may by rule and regulation prescribe record keeping and reporting requirements for all regulated persons. For purposes of the administration and enforcement of this compact, the commission is authorized to examine the books and records of any regulated person relating to his or her milk business and for that purpose, the commission's properly designated officers, employees, or agents shall have full access during normal business hours to the premises and records of all regulated persons.
(b) Information furnished to or acquired by the commission officers, employees, or its agents pursuant to this section shall be confidential and not subject to disclosure except to the extent that the commission deems disclosure to be necessary in any administrative or judicial proceeding involving the administration or enforcement of this compact, an over-order price, a compact marketing order, or other regulations of the commission. The commission may promulgate regulations further defining the confidentiality of information pursuant to this section. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to prohibit: (i) the issuance of general statements based upon the reports of a number of handlers, which do not identify the information furnished by any person, or (ii) the publication by direction of the commission of the name of any person violating any regulation of the commission, together with a statement of the particular provisions violated by such person.
(c) No officer, employee, or agent of the commission shall intentionally disclose information, by inference or otherwise, which is made confidential pursuant to this section. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a Class E felony, and shall be removed from office. The commission shall refer any allegation of a violation of this section to the appropriate state enforcement authority or United States Attorney.
§ 16. Subpoena; hearings and judicial review
(a) The commission is hereby authorized and empowered by its members and its properly designated officers to administer oaths and issue subpoenas throughout all signatory states to compel the attendance of witnesses and the giving of testimony and the production of other evidence.
(b) Any handler subject to an order may file a written petition with the commission stating that any such order or any provision of any such order or any obligation imposed in connection therewith is not in accordance with law and praying for a modification thereof or to be exempted therefrom. He shall thereupon be given an opportunity for a hearing upon such petition, in accordance with regulations made by the commission. After such hearing, the commission shall make a ruling upon the prayer of such petition which shall be final, if in accordance with law.
(c) The district courts of the United States in any district in which such handler is an inhabitant, or has his principal place of business, are hereby vested with jurisdiction to review such ruling, provided a complaint for that purpose is filed within thirty (30) days from the date of the entry of such ruling. Service of process in such proceedings may be had upon the commission by delivering to it a copy of the complaint. If the court determines that such ruling is not in accordance with law, it shall remand such proceedings to the commission with directions either: (1) to make such ruling as the court shall determine to be in accordance with law, or (2) to take such further proceedings as, in its opinion, the law requires. The pendency of proceedings instituted pursuant to this subdivision shall not impede, hinder, or delay the commission from obtaining relief pursuant to section 17. Any proceedings brought pursuant to section 17, except where brought by way of counterclaim in proceedings instituted pursuant to this section, shall abate whenever a final decree has been rendered in proceedings between the same parties, and covering the same subject matter, instituted pursuant to this section.
§ 17. Enforcement with respect to handlers
(a) Any violation by a handler of the provisions of regulations establishing an over-order price or a commission marketing order, or other regulations adopted pursuant to this compact shall:
(1) Constitute a violation of the laws of each of the signatory states. Such violation shall render the violator subject to a civil penalty in an amount as may be prescribed by the laws of each of the participating states, recoverable in any state or federal court of competent jurisdiction. Each day such violation continues shall constitute a separate violation.
(2) Constitute grounds for the revocation of license or permit to engage in the milk business under the applicable laws of the participating states.
(b) With respect to handlers, the commission shall enforce the provisions of this compact, regulations establishing an over-order price, a commission marketing order or other regulations adopted hereunder by:
(1) Commencing an action for legal or equitable relief brought in the name of the commission of any state or federal court of competent jurisdiction; or
(2) Referral to the state agency for enforcement by judicial or administrative remedy with the agreement of the appropriate state agency of a participating state.
(c) With respect to handlers, the commission may bring an action for injunction to enforce the provisions of this compact or the order or regulations adopted thereunder without being compelled to allege or prove that an adequate remedy of law does not exist.
ARTICLE VII. FINANCE
§ 18. Finance of start-up and regular costs
(a) To provide for its start-up costs, the commission may borrow money pursuant to its general power under section 6, subdivision (d), paragraph 4. In order to finance the costs of administration and enforcement of this compact, including payback of startup costs, the commission is hereby empowered to collect an assessment from each handler who purchases milk from producers within the region. If imposed, this assessment shall be collected on a monthly basis for up to one (1) year from the date the commission convenes, in an amount not to exceed $.015 per hundred weight of milk purchased from producers during the period of the assessment. The initial assessment may apply to the projected purchases of handlers for the two (2) month period following the date the commission convenes. In addition, if regulations establishing an over-order price or a compact marketing order are adopted, they may include an assessment for the specific purpose of their administration. These regulations shall provide for establishment of a reserve for the commission's ongoing operating expenses.
(b) The commission shall not pledge the credit of any participating state or of the United States. Notes issued by the commission and all other financial obligations incurred by it, shall be its sole responsibility and no participating state or the United States shall be liable therefor.
§ 19. Audit and accounts
(a) The commission shall keep accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements, which shall be subject to the audit and accounting procedures established under its rules. In addition, all receipts and disbursements of funds handled by the commission shall be audited yearly by a qualified public accountant and the report of the audit shall be included in and become part of the annual report of the commission.
(b) The accounts of the commission shall be open at any reasonable time for inspection by duly constituted officers of the participating states and by any persons authorized by the commission.
(c) Nothing contained in this article shall be construed to prevent commission compliance with laws relating to audit or inspection of accounts by or on behalf of any participating state or of the United States.
ARTICLE VIII. ENTRY AND FORCE;
ADDITIONAL MEMBERS AND WITHDRAWAL
§ 20. Entry into force; additional members
The compact shall enter into force effective when enacted into law by any three (3) states of the group of states composed of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia and when the consent of Congress has been obtained.
§ 21. Withdrawal from compact
Any participating state may withdraw from this compact by enacting a statute repealing the same, but no such withdrawal shall take effect until one (1) year after notice in writing of the withdrawal is given to the commission and the governors of all other participating states. No withdrawal shall affect any liability already incurred by or chargeable to a participating state prior to the time of such withdrawal.
§ 22. Severability
If any part or provision of this compact is adjudged invalid by any court, such judgment shall be confined in its operation to the part or provision directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered and shall not affect or impair the validity of the remainder of this compact. In the event Congress consents to this compact subject to conditions, said conditions shall not impair the validity of this compact when said conditions are accepted by three (3) or more compacting states. A compacting state may accept the conditions of Congress by implementation of this compact.
(a) Five (5) delegates from Tennessee shall be appointed by the Governor to represent the state on the Southern Dairy Compact Commission, created and provided for in Article III of the compact contained in Section 2 of this act. The delegates shall include two (2) dairy producers who are engaged in the production of milk at the time of appointment or reappointment, one (1) consumer representative, one (1) dairy processor, and one (1) delegate at large.
(b) Each delegate shall serve for a term of four (4) years and shall serve diligently and conscientiously and shall strive to achieve the purposes of the Southern Dairy Compact.
(c) Each appointment shall be submitted to the Tennessee House of Representatives and the Tennessee Senate for confirmation. Such confirmation shall be accomplished by the passage of a Joint Resolution originating in either House.
(d) Vacancies in delegate positions shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments for the unexpired portion of the vacant delegate's position.
(e) Delegates shall receive a per diem not to exceed fifty dollars ($50.00) per day for service incurred in the performance of their duties as delegates. All reimbursement for travel expenses shall be in accordance with the provisions of the comprehensive travel regulations as promulgated by the Department of Finance and Administration and approved by the Attorney General and Reporter.
(f) The delegation shall establish procedures determining how its vote will be cast in the conduct of the Commission's affairs.
(a) No person shall violate this part, the Southern Dairy Compact, or any rules or regulations adopted pursuant to either this chapter or the compact.
(b) In addition to any other penalties provided by law, a civil penalty of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) may be imposed for each violation, licenses may be revoked or suspended, or an additional civil penalty may be imposed in lieu of revocation or suspension.
(c) Each day on which a violation occurs shall be a separate violation.
(a) This compact shall become effective when all of the following have occurred:
(1) When the Governor has executed the compact on behalf of this State and has caused a verified copy thereof to be filed with the Secretary of State;
(2) When the Commissioner of Agriculture has certified to the Governor and to the General Assembly that two (2) or more of the other states named in Article VII, Section 20 have ratified the compact in a form substantially similar to this enactment; and
(3) When the consent of Congress has been obtained.
(b) The Governor is hereby authorized and directed to take such action as may be necessary to complete the exchange of official documents between this State and any other state ratifying this compact.
(a) The compact administrator for this State shall be the Commissioner of Agriculture. The duties of the compact administrator shall be deemed a regular part of the duties of the commissioner's office and the commissioner's expenses as compact administrator become a charge upon the funds of the Department of Agriculture.
(b) The Commissioner of Agriculture, as compact administrator, shall be vested with all powers provided for in the compact and all the powers necessary or incidental to the carrying out of the compact in every particular.
SECTION 7. The Commissioner of Agriculture may, by lawful means, obtain information pertaining to the dairy industry which he deems necessary to carry out the purposes of the provisions of this part and the Southern Dairy Compact. Such information may be utilized by the commissioner, the delegates, and the Southern Dairy Compact Commission.
SECTION 8. The Commissioner of Agriculture is authorized to promulgate such rules and regulations, in accordance with the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act compiled at title 4, chapter 5, as are necessary to carry out the purposes of this part and the Southern Dairy Compact.
SECTION 9. Pursuant to Article VI, Section 5, copies of the Southern Dairy Compact Commission's bylaws and amendments thereto shall be filed with the Commissioner of Agriculture.
SECTION 10. Consistent with law and within available appropriations, the departments, agencies and officers of this State shall cooperate with the Southern Dairy Compact Commission established by Article II, Section 4 of the Southern Dairy Compact.
SECTION 11. It is unlawful for the compact administrator or the commissioner's representative, and/or the members of the Southern Dairy Compact Commission representing the State of Tennessee, to make any agreement, to create any obligation, or to commit the state for any funds, moneys or property in excess of the amounts on hand and/or the amount of appropriation for the biennium. Any such agreement, obligation or commitment shall be null and void. Such agreements, obligations or commitments shall be approved by the Attorney General and Reporter prior to their execution by the proper officials of the State of Tennessee.
SECTION 12. The provisions of this act shall not be construed to be an appropriation of funds and no funds shall be obligated or expended pursuant to this act unless such funds are specifically appropriated by the General Appropriations Act.
SECTION 13. If any provision of this act or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to that end the provisions of this act are declared to be severable.
SECTION 14. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 4-29-221(a), is amended by adding the following as a new subdivision thereto:
( ) Southern Dairy Compact, created by Section 2 of this act;
SECTION 15. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it.
PASSED: April 1, 1998
APPROVED this 15th day of April 1998