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VERMONT DAIRY PROMOTION COUNCIL; PRODUCER TAX
following percent of the itemized groups of producers and distributors may
petition the secretary for a referendum to determine whether assessments for
their milk promotion program under section 2981 of this title shall continue or
discontinue for their group:
percent of Vermont producers who are producing milk for consumption in Vermont;
percent of Vermont producers who are producing milk for out-of-state
percent of Vermont distributors who purchase milk for retail sale in Vermont.
secretary, upon receiving a petition for a referendum from any itemized group
referred to in subsection (a) of this section, shall establish a committee of
members of that group as provided in subsection (c) of this section. The
committee shall direct the secretary to send secret ballots to all producers or
distributors who are members of that group and tally the results of the vote.
(c) The voting
committee shall consist of the following:
(1) two members
from the group referred to in subdivision (a)(1) of this section;
members from the group referred to in subdivision (a)(2) of this section; and
(3) two members
from the group referred to in subdivision (a)(3) of this section.
producers and distributors referred to in subsection (a) shall be eligible to
vote only on a referendum which relates to an assessment on a group of which
they are a member. A referendum shall be considered approved by a majority of
the members of that group who participate in the vote.
(e) Any time
after two years from the effective date of a previous referendum vote by a
particular group to continue or discontinue the assessment, members of the
group as provided in subsection (a) may petition the secretary to determine
whether the assessment on that group should continue or discontinue. The
referendum shall be conducted and the results determined in accordance with the
provisions of this section. A referendum to recommend an assessment program should
be conducted in the same manner.
administration costs associated with the referendum vote shall be assessed
against the Vermont dairy promotion fund. (Added 1979, No. 101 (Adj. Sess.), §
9; amended 1981, No. 198 (Adj. Sess.), § 9, eff. April 22, 1982; 1989, No. 256
(Adj. Sess.), § 8, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; 2003, No. 42, § 2, eff. May 27, 2003;
2011, No. 39, § 7, eff. May 19, 2011.)