PA 09-42—sSB 855

Environment Committee

Government Administration and Elections Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING APPOINTMENTS TO THE FARM WINE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

SUMMARY: This act:

1. increases, from five to eight, the appointed members on the Connecticut Farm Wine Development Council, expanding the total membership from 10 to 13;

2. requires the governor and the six top legislative leaders, instead of the agriculture commissioner, to make the appointments; and

3. eliminates the requirement that two appointed members be viticulturists (grape cultivators).

The act requires the governor to appoint two members and the six top legislative leaders to appoint one each. Each appointee must be involved in wine production. Under prior law, two members had to be grape cultivators.

By law, unchanged by the act, the five specified council members are the Agriculture and Economic and Community Development commissioners, the dean of the University of Connecticut's Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the directors of the Storrs and Connecticut Agricultural Experiment stations, or their respective designees.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2009

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