State Affairs and Government
Farmland Preservation Act
§ 42-82-3 Agricultural lands preservation
(a)(1) There is established the agricultural lands preservation commission
consisting of the directors of the department of environmental management and
the department of administration, or their respective designees, both ex
officio with the power to vote; and seven (7) public members to be appointed by
the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. The public appointees
shall include at least two (2) members with knowledge or experience in
agriculture, one member familiar with land use and community planning issues,
one member active in land preservation. All gubernatorial appointments made
under this section after January 1, 2005 shall be subjected to the advice and
consent of the senate. No person shall be eligible for appointment pursuant to
this section after the effective date of this act [April 20, 2006]
unless he or she is a resident of this state.
(2) The members appointed by the governor shall serve for
terms of five (5) years each; provided, however, that of the members first
appointed, one shall serve for one year, one shall serve for two (2) years, one
shall serve for three (3) years, one shall serve for four (4) years, and two
(2) shall serve for five (5) years, from January first next succeeding their
appointment, as the governor shall designate; provided, however, that those
members of the commission as of the effective date of this act [April 20,
2006] who were appointed upon the recommendation of members of the general
assembly shall cease to be members of the commission on the effective date of
this act [April 20, 2006].
(3) Any vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of
term shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
(4) Upon expiration of a member's term, that member shall
continue as a member until that member's successor is appointed and qualified.
Any person serving a term shall be eligible for appointment.
(5) No member, including ex-officio members, shall receive
compensation for the performance of his or her duties as a member; provided,
however, that each appointed member may be reimbursed if funds are appropriated
for his or her actual and necessary expenses incurred during the performance of
his or her official duties.
(6) [Deleted by P.L. 2006, ch. 22, § 5 and P.L.
2006, ch. 27, § 5].
(7) The commission shall designate annually from its members
a chairperson and a vice chairperson.
(8) Whenever public hearings are required under this chapter,
or whenever the commission determines a public hearing is appropriate, the
commission shall use reasonable efforts to hold those hearings at a place or
places that will reasonably accommodate the interested parties.
(b) Five (5) voting members of the commission shall
constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business or the exercise of any
power of the commission. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the
commission shall have the power to act by a majority of the members present at
any meeting at which a quorum is in attendance.
(c) The governor may remove any member for cause or
misconduct in office after giving him or her a copy of the charges against him
or her and an opportunity to be heard, in person or by counsel, in his or her
defense, upon not less than ten (10) days notice. If any member shall be
removed, the governor shall file in the office of the secretary of state a
complete statement of charges made against the member and his or her findings,
together with a complete record of the proceedings.
History of Section.
(P.L. 1981, ch. 299, § 1; P.L. 1989, ch. 243, § 1; P.L. 2006, ch. 22,
§ 5; P.L. 2006, ch. 27, § 5; P.L. 2008, ch. 25, § 1; P.L. 2008,
ch. 30, § 1.)