CHAPTER 438d

CONNECTICUT SEAFOOD DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.
CONNECTICUT FOOD POLICY COUNCIL

Table of Contents

Sec. 22-455. Connecticut Seafood Development Council. Membership. Funding. Authority.

Sec. 22-456. Connecticut Food Policy Council. Membership; duties.

Sec. 22-457. Council authorized to use available funds and to enter into contracts.


Sec. 22-455. Connecticut Seafood Development Council. Membership. Funding. Authority. (a) There is established a Connecticut Seafood Development Council to assist in the promotion of Connecticut seafood products and examine market opportunities. The development council shall be within the Department of Agriculture. The development council shall consist of the following thirteen members: (1) The Commissioner of Agriculture, or the commissioner's designee; (2) the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, or the commissioner's designee; (3) the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, or the commissioner's designee; (4) the director of the Sea Grant Program at The University of Connecticut, or the director's designee; (5) one freshwater finfish producer appointed by the Governor; (6) one aquaculture finfish producer appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; (7) one commercial marine finfish harvester appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (8) one commercial lobster harvester appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (9) one shellfish wholesale dealer appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture; (10) one representative of the Connecticut Restaurant Association; (11) one small-scale aquaculture producer appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (12) one seaweed aquaculture producer appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; and (13) one shellfish harvester appointed by the minority leader of the Senate. The Commissioner of Agriculture, or the commissioner's designee, shall serve as the chairperson of the development council.

(b) The development council may receive state, federal and municipal funds and funds from any nonprofit or nongovernmental organization. Such funds may be expended as necessary to perform the development council's duties pursuant to this section. The development council may seek funding for and provide financial support to organizations for activities directly related to seafood production and any related products.

(P.A. 97-145, S. 3, 4; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-11, S. 23, 65; P.A. 01-98, S. 2, 4; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(f); P.A. 04-189, S. 1; P.A. 11-80, S. 1; P.A. 21-24, S. 3.)

History: P.A. 97-145 effective June 13, 1997; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-11 added provision placing council within Department of Agriculture, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 01-98 added one freshwater fish producer to the membership of the advisory council, effective June 6, 2001; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 replaced Department of Agriculture with Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 04-189 repealed Sec. 146 of June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, thereby reversing the merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective June 1, 2004; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Department of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Department of Energy and Environmental Protection”, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 21-24 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a) and amended same to change “Connecticut Seafood Advisory Council” to “Connecticut Seafood Development Council”, replace provisions re members with provisions re same and designate as Subdivs. (1) to (13), add provision re commissioner serving as chairperson and make technical and conforming changes, and added Subsec. (b) re council to receive, expend and seek funds.

Sec. 22-456. Connecticut Food Policy Council. Membership; duties. (a) There is established the Connecticut Food Policy Council which shall be within the Department of Agriculture.

(b) The council shall consist of the following members: (1) One appointed by the majority leader of the Senate who shall be involved in agriculture or in an agriculture organization; (2) one appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate who shall be involved in an antihunger organization; (3) one appointed by the minority leader of the Senate, who shall represent the Cooperative Extension Service; (4) one appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives who shall be a food retailer; (5) one appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives who shall be involved in agriculture or in an agriculture organization; (6) one appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives who shall be a produce wholesaler; (7) the Commissioner of Agriculture, or his designee; (8) the Commissioner of Administrative Services, or his designee; (9) the Commissioner of Education, or his designee; (10) the Commissioner of Transportation, or his designee; (11) the Commissioner of Public Health, or his designee; (12) the Commissioner of Social Services, or his designee; (13) the head of each state department, as defined in section 4-5, who is not one of the commissioners designated in subdivisions (7) to (12), inclusive, of this subsection who shall be members ex officio without the right to vote; and (14) the chairman of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the environment who shall be a member ex officio without the right to vote. The council shall elect a chairperson and a vice-chairperson from among its members. Any person absent from (A) three consecutive meetings of the commission or (B) fifty per cent of such meetings during any calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned from the council, effective immediately. Vacancies on the council shall be filled by the appointing authority. Members of the council serve without compensation but shall, within the limits of available funds, be reimbursed for expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties. The council shall meet as often as deemed necessary by the chairperson or a majority of the council.

(c) The council shall: (1) Develop, coordinate and implement a food system policy linking local economic development, environmental protection and preservation with farming and urban issues; (2) review and comment on any proposed state legislation and regulations that would affect the food policy system of the state; (3) advise and provide information to the Governor on the state's food policy; and (4) prepare and submit to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the environment an annual report concerning its activities with any appropriate recommendations concerning food policy.

(d) The council may use such funds as may be available from federal, state or other sources and may enter into contracts to carry out the purposes of this section.

(e) The council may, subject to the provisions of chapter 67, employ any necessary staff within available appropriations.

(June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-11, S. 21, 65; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(e), (f); P.A. 04-189, S. 1.)

History: June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-11 effective July 1, 1997; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 replaced Commissioner and Department of Agriculture with Commissioner and Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 04-189 repealed Sec. 146 of June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, thereby reversing the merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective June 1, 2004.

Sec. 22-457. Council authorized to use available funds and to enter into contracts. The Connecticut Seafood Advisory Council may utilize federal, state or other available funds, and may enter into contracts in order to carry out the purposes of section 22-455.

(P.A. 01-98, S. 3, 4.)

History: P.A. 01-98 effective June 6, 2001 (Revisor's note: A reference to “this section” was replaced editorially by the Revisors with “section 22-455” for accuracy.)