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Bill Number: 2331 Ratification Number: 106 Act Number 71 Introducing Body: House Subject: South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
(A71, R106, H2331)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 48-45-20, 48-45-40, 48-45-50, 48-45-60, 48-45-70, AND 48-45-80, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA SEA GRANT CONSORTIUM, SO AS TO DELETE SECRETARY-TREASURER FROM THE LIST OF OFFICERS REQUIRED, TO CHANGE THE NAME OF SEA GRANT DIRECTOR TO THE CONSORTIUM DIRECTOR, AND TO REDEFINE HIS POWERS AND DUTIES, AND TO REPEAL SECTIONS 48-45-30 AND 48-45-90 RELATING TO THE PRINCIPAL OFFICE OF SEA GRANT CONSORTIUM AND TO ASSOCIATE SEA GRANT DIRECTORS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Purposes of the South Carolina Sea Grants Consortium
SECTION 1. Section 48-45-20 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 48-45-20. The principal purpose of the consortium is to provide a mechanism for the development and management of the Sea Grant Program for South Carolina and adjacent regions that share a common environment and resource heritage. The consortium serves to support, improve, and share research, education, training, and advisory services in fields related to ocean and coastal resources. The consortium further encourages and follows a regional approach to solving problems or meeting needs relating to ocean and coastal resources in cooperation with appropriate institutions, programs, and persons in the region."
Membership of the consortium
SECTION 2. Section 48-45-40 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 48-45-40. The membership of the consortium consists of The Citadel, the College of Charleston, Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina State College, the University of South Carolina, and the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department. These members are designated as charter members.
The terms of the members are perpetual, and a majority of the charter members may vote the admission of a new member into the consortium."
Board of directors of the consortium
SECTION 3. Section 48-45-50 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 48-45-50. The board of directors for the consortium consists of the chief executive officer of each of the participating educational institutions and state agencies or the officer's designee."
Officers of the Board of Directors
SECTION 4. Section 48-45-60 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 48-45-60. The officers of the board are the chairman and vice-chairman. These officers must be elected annually by members of the board but may not serve more than two consecutive terms."
Consortium director--powers and duties
SECTION 5. Section 48-45-70 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 48-45-70. A. The board has the power to employ an executive director to be known as the Consortium Director. The salary and fringe benefits appropriated to the position must be derived from funds directly assigned to the consortium for this purpose by the General Assembly.
B. The director has the following powers and duties to:
1. direct supervision over all consortium proposals;
2. prepare consortium proposals to be submitted to interested agencies;
3. prepare an annual summary of all submitted proposals;
4. negotiate funding levels for proposals submitted by member institutions;
5. provide an accounting to the board of the director's development funds;
6. request and receive funds from local, state, federal, and private sources for use by the director, consortium, individual member institutions, or other persons;
7. gather, maintain, and make available to interested persons natural resource information from state and federal agencies, higher education institutions, and any other appropriate entity;
8. designate the location of the consortium office, subject to the approval of the board;
9. exercise all incidental powers necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter."
Advisory committee to the consortium director
SECTION 6. Section 48-45-80 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 48-45-80. There is hereby created an advisory committee to the Consortium Director to consist of seven members who shall serve for terms of four years and until their successors are appointed and qualified. Four members must be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The chairmen of the Senate Fish, Game and Forestry Committee, House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, and South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Commission shall each appoint one member upon the recommendation of a majority of the members of their respective committees and commission. The four members appointed by the Governor must be residents of coastal counties, no more than one from each county, and two must be associated with the commercial fishing industry."
SECTION 7. Sections 48-45-30 and 48-45-90 of the 1976 Code are repealed.
SECTION 8. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.