Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Governor Bryant Signs Rez Bill

(L to R) Rep. Mark Baker, Governor Bryant, Sen. Josh Harkins
Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2703 Tuesday afternoon.  The bill makes changes to the makeup of the 14 member board of directors for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.

The bill, introduced by Senator Josh Harkins, sparked lively debate and survived many amendments before finally passing both chambers.

SB 2703, which takes effect January 1, 2013, requires 8 of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District board members to be holders of residential leases from the PRVWSD or live in a subdivision that contains leasehold property.  The current law requires only one leaseholder. 

After January 1, 2013 the PRVWSD board of directors will be made up in the following manner:

1 member directly appointed by the board of supervisors from Hinds, Leake, Scott, Rankin and Madison counties.  The appointees from Madison and Rankin counties must be a leaseholder.  Five board members are appointed by this rule.

1 member appointed by the governor from a list of 3 names submitted by the board of supervisors from Hinds, Leake, Scott, Rankin and Madison counties.   The names submitted by Madison and Rankin counties must be leaseholders.  Five board members are appointed by this rule.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Mississippi Forestry Commission, Mississippi State Board of Health and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, each get one appointment.  Their appointee must be a leaseholder.  Four members are appointed by this rule.

The full text of the bill is available HERE.

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2 comments:

Chris Merck said...

WONDERFUL! excellent work and many thanks to our Rep.s Baker, McGee, and Harkins!

Bill Mays said...

That may not solve all the problems of us "leaseholders", but it is a GIANT step in the right direction. At least we will now have a voice, even if they are appointed and not really accountable to an electorate, they have an iron in the fire, or so it appears.
Great work and thanks to our legislative team!!!!!!!