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House File 542

HOUSE FILE BY DRAKE, MERTZ, DE BOEF, and GREINER Passed House, Date Passed Senate, Date Vote: Ayes Nays Vote: Ayes Nays Approved A BILL FOR 1 An Act relating to the Iowa soybean association, by providing for 2 its board of directors, market development, and providing for 3 an assessment. 4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 5 TLSB 2718HH 81 6 da/gg/14 PAG LIN 1 1 Section 1. Section 185.1, subsections 1 and 8, Code 2005, 1 2 are amended by striking the subsections. 1 3 Sec. 2. Section 185.1, Code 2005, is amended by adding the 1 4 following new subsections: 1 5 NEW SUBSECTION. 1A. "Association" means the Iowa soybean 1 6 association as recognized in section 185.1A. 1 7 NEW SUBSECTION. 5A. "Influencing legislation" means the 1 8 same as defined in 26 C.F.R. } 56.4911 as that section exists 1 9 on the effective date of this Act. 1 10 NEW SUBSECTION. 8A. "National assessment" means the 1 11 assessment on soybeans collected pursuant to 7 U.S.C. ch. 92. 1 12 NEW SUBSECTION. 8B. "Net market price" means the sales 1 13 price received by a producer for soybeans after adjustments 1 14 for any premium or discount based on grading or quality 1 15 factors. 1 16 NEW SUBSECTION. 12A. "Secretary" means the secretary of 1 17 agriculture. 1 18 NEW SUBSECTION. 13A. "State assessment" or "assessment" 1 19 means an excise tax on each bushel of soybeans marketed in 1 20 this state which is imposed pursuant to a promotional order as 1 21 provided in this chapter. 1 22 Sec. 3. Section 185.1, subsections 2, 9, 10, and 12, Code 1 23 2005, are amended to read as follows: 1 24 2. "Board" means the Iowa soybean promotion association 1 25 board of directors established by this chapter. 1 26 9. "Producer" means any individual, firm, corporation, 1 27 partnership, or association a person engaged in this state in 1 28 the business of producing and marketing in their the person's 1 29 name at least two hundred fifty bushels of soybeans in the 1 30 previous marketing year. 1 31 10. "Promotional order" means an order administered 1 32 pursuant to this chapter which establishes a program for the 1 33 promotion, research, and market development of soybeans and 1 34 provides for an a state assessment to finance the program. 1 35 12. "Sale" or "purchase" includes but is not limited to 2 1 the pledge or other encumbrance of soybeans as security for a 2 2 loan extended under a federal price support loan program. 2 3 Sale and actual delivery of the soybeans under the federal 2 4 price support loan program occurs when the soybeans are 2 5 marketed following redemption by the producer or when the 2 6 soybeans are forfeited in lieu of loan repayment. If the 2 7 soybeans are forfeited in lieu of repayment, the purchase 2 8 price of the soybeans is the principal amount of the loan 2 9 extended and the state assessment shall be collected at the 2 10 time of loan settlement. 2 11 Sec. 4. NEW SECTION. 185.1A RECOGNITION OF IOWA SOYBEAN 2 12 ASSOCIATION. 2 13 The corporation known as the Iowa soybean association 2 14 incorporated under the laws of this state shall be entitled to 2 15 the benefits of this chapter by filing each year with the 2 16 secretary a verified proof of its organization, the names of 2 17 its officers, and any other information required by the 2 18 secretary. 2 19 Sec. 5. NEW SECTION. 185.1B DUTIES AND OBJECTS OF THE 2 20 ASSOCIATION. 2 21 The Iowa soybean association shall aid in the promotion of 2 22 the soybean industry through research, education, public 2 23 relations, promotion, and market development projects and 2 24 programs as directed by the board to accomplish its purposes 2 25 as provided in section 185.11. 2 26 Sec. 6. Section 185.3, Code 2005, is amended to read as 2 27 follows: 2 28 185.3 BOARD ESTABLISHED == ELECTIONS. 2 29 If a majority of the producers voting in the referendum 2 30 election approve the passage of the promotional order, an The 2 31 Iowa soybean promotion association board of directors shall be 2 32 established administer this chapter. 2 33 1. The board shall consist of one director directors who 2 34 are producers residing in Iowa at the time of the election. 2 35 The directors shall include all of the following: 3 1 a. Four producers who are elected from the state at large. 3 2 b. One producer who is elected from each district in the 3 3 state, except that. However, two producers shall be elected 3 4 from a district producing more than an average of twenty=five 3 5 million bushels of soybeans in the three previous marketing 3 6 years is entitled to two directors. 3 7 A producer shall be entitled to vote in the election 3 8 regardless of whether the producer is a member of the 3 9 association. 3 10 2. The following persons shall serve on the board as 3 11 nonvoting, ex officio directors: 3 12 a. The secretary or the secretary's designee. 3 13 b. The dean of the college of agriculture of Iowa state 3 14 university of science and technology or the dean's designee. 3 15 c. The director of the department of economic development 3 16 or the director's designee. 3 17 d. Any other person that the board appoints. 3 18 Sec. 7. Section 185.5, Code 2005, is amended to read as 3 19 follows: 3 20 185.5 NOTICE OF ELECTION FOR DIRECTORS. 3 21 Notice of elections for directors of the board in a 3 22 district shall be given by the board by publication in a 3 23 newspaper of general circulation in the district and in any 3 24 other reasonable manner as determined by the board and shall 3 25 set forth the period of time for voting, voting places 3 26 procedures, and other information the board deems necessary. 3 27 Sec. 8. Section 185.6, Code 2005, is amended to read as 3 28 follows: 3 29 185.6 WHO ELECTED. 3 30 In districts electing one director, the candidate receiving 3 31 the highest number of votes shall be elected. In districts 3 32 electing two directors, producers shall vote for two 3 33 directors, and the two candidates receiving the highest number 3 34 of votes shall be elected. If the election results in a tie 3 35 vote, the board shall appoint a director from among the 4 1 candidates who received the same number of votes. 4 2 Sec. 9. Section 185.7, Code 2005, is amended to read as 4 3 follows: 4 4 185.7 TERMS. 4 5 Director terms A director's term shall be for three years 4 6 and no. A director of the board shall not serve for more than 4 7 three complete consecutive full terms. 4 8 Sec. 10. Section 185.8, Code 2005, is amended to read as 4 9 follows: 4 10 185.8 ELECTIONS. 4 11 The board shall administer elections for its directors of 4 12 the board with the assistance of the secretary. Prior to the 4 13 expiration of a director's term of office, the board shall 4 14 appoint a nominating committee for the district represented by 4 15 that director. The nominating committee shall consist of five 4 16 producers who are residents of the district from which a 4 17 director must be elected. The nominating committee shall 4 18 nominate two resident producers as candidates for each 4 19 director position for which an election is to be held. 4 20 Additional candidates may be nominated by a written petition 4 21 of one hundred producers. Procedures governing the time and 4 22 place of filing shall be adopted and publicized by the board. 4 23 A place shall not be reserved on the ballot for write=in 4 24 candidates, and votes cast for write=in candidates shall not 4 25 be counted. 4 26 Sec. 11. Section 185.9, Code 2005, is amended to read as 4 27 follows: 4 28 185.9 VACANCIES == REMOVAL. 4 29 1. The board shall by appointment fill an unexpired term 4 30 if a vacancy occurs in the board. 4 31 2. The secretary may remove a director for any reason 4 32 enumerated in section 66.1A. 4 33 Sec. 12. Section 185.11, subsection 1, Code 2005, is 4 34 amended to read as follows: 4 35 1. Enter into contracts or agreements with recognized and 5 1 qualified agencies or organizations for the development and 5 2 carrying out of Provide for research and education programs 5 3 directed toward better and more efficient production, 5 4 marketing, and utilization of soybeans and soybean products. 5 5 Sec. 13. Section 185.13, unnumbered paragraph 1, Code 5 6 2005, is amended to read as follows: 5 7 The board may shall carry out its purposes as provided in 5 8 section 185.11. The board shall administer this chapter, 5 9 including by doing all of the following: 5 10 Sec. 14. Section 185.13, subsections 2 and 4, Code 2005, 5 11 are amended to read as follows: 5 12 2. Establish Acquire and establish offices, incur 5 13 expenses, and enter into any contracts or agreements necessary 5 14 to carry out the purposes of this chapter. 5 15 4. Enter into arrangements for collection of the state 5 16 assessment on soybeans marketed in this state. 5 17 Sec. 15. Section 185.13, Code 2005, is amended by adding 5 18 the following new subsection: 5 19 NEW SUBSECTION. 6. Administer the soybean checkoff 5 20 account as provided in section 185.26. 5 21 Sec. 16. Section 185.14, Code 2005, is amended to read as 5 22 follows: 5 23 185.14 PER DIEM AND EXPENSES. 5 24 Each member director of the board shall receive a per diem 5 25 as specified in section 7E.6 and actual expenses in performing 5 26 official board functions not to exceed forty days per year. 5 27 No member A director of the board shall not be a salaried 5 28 employee of the board or any organization or agency which is 5 29 receiving funds moneys from the board. The board shall meet 5 30 at least once every three months, and at such other times as 5 31 deemed necessary by the board four times each year. 5 32 Sec. 17. Section 185.20, Code 2005, is amended to read as 5 33 follows: 5 34 185.20 PRODUCERS ONLY TO VOTE. 5 35 Only producers are eligible to vote in an election for 6 1 directors or a referendum election and only in the district in 6 2 which they reside. A producer shall sign an affidavit 6 3 furnished by the secretary at the time of voting certifying 6 4 the producer's eligibility to vote. Each qualified producer 6 5 shall be entitled to one vote. 6 6 Sec. 18. Section 185.21, Code 2005, is amended to read as 6 7 follows: 6 8 185.21 ASSESSMENT. 6 9 1. An A state assessment which is adopted upon the 6 10 initiation of a promotional order shall be collected during 6 11 the effective period of the promotional order, and shall be of 6 12 no force or effect upon termination of the promotional order. 6 13 2. The board shall determine and set the assessment rate. 6 14 Assessments pursuant to the promotional order The state 6 15 assessment shall be paid into the soybean promotion fund 6 16 established in section 185.26. 6 17 3. An The rate of the state assessment shall not exceed be 6 18 as follows: 6 19 a. If the national assessment is being collected, the rate 6 20 of the state assessment shall be one=quarter of one percent of 6 21 the net market price of the soybeans marketed in this state 6 22 and sold to a first purchaser. The net market price is the 6 23 sales price received by a producer for soybeans after 6 24 adjustments for any premium or discount based on grading or 6 25 quality factors. The rate of assessment shall be determined 6 26 by the board. The board shall determine the effective date of 6 27 a rate change. 6 28 b. If the national assessment is not being collected, the 6 29 rate of the state assessment shall be one=half of one percent 6 30 of the net market price of soybeans marketed in this state. 6 31 Sec. 19. Section 185.22, Code 2005, is amended to read as 6 32 follows: 6 33 185.22 PROMOTIONAL ORDER. 6 34 After a promotional order has been issued, the first 6 35 purchaser at the time of payment for soybeans shall show the 7 1 total amount of state assessment deducted from the sale on the 7 2 purchase invoice. 7 3 Sec. 20. Section 185.23, Code 2005, is amended to read as 7 4 follows: 7 5 185.23 DEDUCTION OF ASSESSMENT. 7 6 The state assessment shall be deducted from the purchase 7 7 price of soybeans at the time of sale, and forwarded to the 7 8 board by the first purchaser in the manner and at intervals 7 9 determined by the board. 7 10 Sec. 21. Section 185.24, Code 2005, is amended to read as 7 11 follows: 7 12 185.24 TERMINATION OF A PROMOTIONAL ORDER. 7 13 If a promotional order is not extended as determined by a 7 14 referendum the secretary and the board shall terminate the 7 15 promotional order in an orderly manner as soon as practicable. 7 16 After all funds moneys collected from the state assessment are 7 17 expended, the board shall cease to function. Any funds 7 18 remaining one year following the termination of a promotional 7 19 order shall be disbursed by the board to the Iowa soybean 7 20 association remain in existence as provided in its articles of 7 21 incorporation or bylaws. The directors shall no longer be 7 22 elected as required in this chapter. The ex officio directors 7 23 shall no longer serve on the board. The board shall cease to 7 24 administer this chapter, and the board shall no longer carry 7 25 out its duties or exercise its powers as provided in this 7 26 chapter. However, if a future referendum passes, the board 7 27 shall be reorganized by the secretary and members the 7 28 directors then serving on the board shall be deemed to be the 7 29 same directors who served on the board when the promotional 7 30 order was terminated. The directors shall serve out their 7 31 terms as though there had been no lapse of time between the 7 32 two effective orders. 7 33 Sec. 22. Section 185.26, Code 2005, is amended to read as 7 34 follows: 7 35 185.26 ADMINISTRATION OF MONEYS. 8 1 1. Assessments The state assessment collected by the board 8 2 from a sale of soybeans shall be deposited in a special fund 8 3 known as the soybean promotion fund, in the office of the 8 4 treasurer of state. The fund may also contain any gifts, or 8 5 federal or state grant received by the board. Moneys 8 6 collected, deposited into the fund, and transferred to the 8 7 board, as provided in this chapter, shall be subject to audit 8 8 by the auditor of state. The department of administrative 8 9 services shall transfer moneys from the fund to the board for 8 10 deposit into an account known as the soybean checkoff account 8 11 which shall be established by the board in a qualified 8 12 financial institution. The department shall transfer the 8 13 moneys into the account as provided in a resolution adopted by 8 14 the board. However, the department is only required to 8 15 transfer moneys once during each day and only during hours 8 16 when the offices of the state are open. From moneys 8 17 collected, deposited, and transferred to the board soybean 8 18 checkoff account as provided in this section, the board shall 8 19 first pay the costs of referendums, elections, and other 8 20 expenses incurred in the administration of this chapter, 8 21 before moneys may be expended for the purpose of market 8 22 development to carry out the purposes of the board as provided 8 23 in section 185.11. The association shall strictly segregate 8 24 moneys in the soybean checkoff account from all other moneys 8 25 of the association. Moneys in the soybean checkoff account 8 26 shall be expended exclusively for the purposes of the board as 8 27 provided in section 185.11. The account shall be subject to 8 28 audit by the auditor of state. 8 29 2. The fiscal year of the association shall commence on 8 30 October 1 and end on September 30. 8 31 Sec. 23. Section 185.27, Code 2005, is amended to read as 8 32 follows: 8 33 185.27 REFUND OF ASSESSMENT. 8 34 A producer who has sold soybeans and had an the state 8 35 assessment deducted from the sale price may, by application in 9 1 writing to the board, secure a refund in the amount deducted. 9 2 The refund shall be payable only when the application shall 9 3 have been is made to the board within sixty days after the 9 4 deduction. Application forms shall be given by the board to 9 5 each first purchaser when requested and the first purchaser 9 6 shall make the applications available to any producer. Each 9 7 application for refund by a producer shall have attached 9 8 thereto proof of assessment deducted. The proof of assessment 9 9 may be in the form of a duplicate or certified copy of the 9 10 purchase invoice by the first purchaser. The board shall have 9 11 thirty days from the date the application for refund is 9 12 received to remit the refund to the producer. 9 13 Sec. 24. Section 185.29, Code 2005, is amended to read as 9 14 follows: 9 15 185.29 REMISSION OF EXCESS FUNDS REMAINING MONEYS. 9 16 After the board has paid the costs of elections, 9 17 referendum, necessary board expenses, and administrative 9 18 costs, at least seventy=five percent of the remaining moneys 9 19 collected, deposited in the fund, and transferred to the board 9 20 soybean checkoff account as provided in this chapter, section 9 21 185.26 shall be expended by the board for market development 9 22 activities, including developing and expanding new markets for 9 23 soybeans and soybean products worldwide. The moneys shall 9 24 only be used for research, promotion, and education in 9 25 cooperation with qualified agencies as is necessary to carry 9 26 out its purposes as provided in section 185.11. 9 27 Sec. 25. Section 185.34, Code 2005, is amended to read as 9 28 follows: 9 29 185.34 NOT A STATE AGENCY. 9 30 1. The Iowa soybean promotion board shall association is 9 31 not be a state agency. 9 32 2. a. Except as provided in paragraph "b", the board is 9 33 not a state agency or a governmental entity as defined in 9 34 section 8A.101, public employer as defined in section 20.3, or 9 35 an authority or instrumentality of the state. 10 1 b. The board is deemed to be all of the following: 10 2 (1) A department for purposes of chapter 11. 10 3 (2) A public body for purposes of chapter 12C. Moneys 10 4 deposited into the soybean checkoff account as established in 10 5 section 185.26 shall be deemed to be public funds under 10 6 chapter 12C. 10 7 (3) An agency for purposes of an appeal from its final 10 8 decision under chapter 17A. A person who is aggrieved or 10 9 adversely affected by the board's final agency action is 10 10 entitled to judicial review as provided in section 17A.19. 10 11 (4) A governmental body for purposes of chapter 21. 10 12 Sec. 26. NEW SECTION. 185.35 POLITICAL ACTIVITY == 10 13 INFLUENCING LEGISLATION PROHIBITED. 10 14 1. Except as provided in subsection 2, all of the 10 15 following shall apply: 10 16 a. The board shall not expend any moneys on political 10 17 activity or on any attempt to influence legislation. 10 18 b. It shall be a condition of any allocation of moneys 10 19 that an organization receives from the board, that the 10 20 organization shall not expend the moneys on a political 10 21 activity or on an attempt to influence legislation. 10 22 2. Subsection 1 does not apply to a communication or 10 23 action taken by the board if any of the following applies: 10 24 a. The board may communicate or take action directed to an 10 25 appropriate government official or government relating to the 10 26 marketing of soybeans or soybean products to a foreign 10 27 country. 10 28 b. The communication or action relates to the prevention, 10 29 modification, or elimination of trade barriers. 10 30 Sec. 27. Chapter 185A, Code 2005, is repealed. 10 31 Sec. 28. Sections 185.10 and 185.25A, Code 2005, are 10 32 repealed. 10 33 Sec. 29. TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS. 10 34 1. a. The secretary of agriculture shall establish a 10 35 transition Iowa soybean association board of directors by 11 1 appointing initial directors to the board. The directors 11 2 shall take office as soon as possible after the effective date 11 3 of this Act. The initial directors shall serve until the 11 4 first directors are elected pursuant to this section. The 11 5 board shall administer the provisions of this chapter in the 11 6 same manner as a board constituted pursuant to section 185.3. 11 7 The initial directors are not required to post a bond as 11 8 provided in section 185.30. 11 9 b. On or before July 15 following the enactment of this 11 10 Act, the Iowa soybean association shall appoint a nominating 11 11 committee. On or before July 30 following the enactment of 11 12 this Act, the nominating committee shall nominate two 11 13 producers as candidates for each position as director on the 11 14 board. Additional candidates may be nominated by written 11 15 petition. The petition must include the signatures of at 11 16 least one hundred producers. The petition must be delivered 11 17 to the initial board on or before August 15 following the 11 18 enactment of this Act. The procedure governing the place and 11 19 filing of contents of the petition shall be widely publicized 11 20 by the Iowa soybean association. 11 21 c. The election shall be conducted in conformance with 11 22 section 185.3, as amended by this Act. Producers shall vote 11 23 by ballot for the directors of the board on or before August 11 24 31 following the enactment of this Act. The secretary of 11 25 agriculture shall canvass the ballots and announce the elected 11 26 directors on or before September 15 following the enactment of 11 27 this Act. The elected directors shall as soon as possible 11 28 conduct an organizational meeting at which meeting the terms 11 29 of the initial directors shall cease. 11 30 2. a. Any agreement made by the Iowa soybean promotion 11 31 board prior to the effective date of this Act shall continue 11 32 in full force and effect until it expires by its terms or is 11 33 amended, terminated, or supplemented by the affirmative action 11 34 of the Iowa soybean association board. 11 35 b. Any rule, regulation, form, order, or directive adopted 12 1 or promulgated by the Iowa soybean promotion board or the 12 2 department of agriculture and land stewardship on behalf of 12 3 the board which is in effect on the effective date of this Act 12 4 shall continue in full force and effect until amended, 12 5 repealed, or supplemented by the affirmative action of the 12 6 Iowa soybean association board or the department of 12 7 agriculture and land stewardship. 12 8 EXPLANATION 12 9 GENERAL. This bill provides for the administration of 12 10 provisions relating to the marketing of soybeans under Code 12 11 chapter 185, which provides for an assessment of one quarter 12 12 of 1 percent of the net market price of soybeans marketed in 12 13 this state, and imposed upon the first purchasers of soybeans, 12 14 the so=called "checkoff". Moneys collected from the checkoff 12 15 are deposited into the state treasury and deposited into a 12 16 special account under the authority of the board for use in 12 17 supporting research, education, and promotional efforts, 12 18 referred to as "market development". 12 19 The bill abolishes that board and replaces it with the Iowa 12 20 soybean association's board of directors. The bill also 12 21 recognizes a checkoff imposed pursuant to federal law. It 12 22 distinguishes these two excise taxes by referring to the 12 23 checkoff imposed pursuant to a promotional order under Code 12 24 chapter 185 as the "state assessment" and the checkoff imposed 12 25 under federal law as the "national assessment". 12 26 ELECTION AND TENURE. Much of the bill concerns procedures 12 27 for conducting elections to the board, and tenure of 12 28 directors. The bill provides for the election of voting 12 29 directors and the appointment of nonvoting, ex officio 12 30 directors to serve on the board. The voting directors must be 12 31 Iowa producers. Four producers must be elected from the state 12 32 at large and one producer must be elected from each district. 12 33 There is one exception. A district which produces more than 12 34 an average of 25 million bushels of soybeans during the 12 35 previous three years elects two directors. It removes a 13 1 requirement that an affidavit signed by the producer must be 13 2 furnished to the secretary of agriculture. 13 3 The bill eliminates a requirement that the board establish 13 4 voting places and provides that the board must establish 13 5 voting procedures for the election. The bill prohibits a 13 6 reserved place on a ballot for write=in candidates and 13 7 provides that write=in candidates are not counted when 13 8 tabulating the results of an election. The bill amends a 13 9 provision which refers to director tenure. Currently, a 13 10 director cannot serve for more than three consecutive terms. 13 11 The bill provides that the director cannot serve for more than 13 12 three full terms. The bill provides that the secretary of 13 13 agriculture may remove a director for grounds specified in 13 14 Code section 66.1A, which includes neglect of office, 13 15 misconduct, maladministration, corruption, extortion, 13 16 conviction of a felony, and intoxication. 13 17 REIMBURSEMENT AND PROCEDURES. The bill amends a provision 13 18 that entitles a director to receive a per diem and actual 13 19 expenses, but for not more than 40 days. Under the bill, a 13 20 director may claim compensation for any number of days. It 13 21 requires the board to meet four times each year. 13 22 CHECKOFF. The bill provides that if the national checkoff 13 23 is not being collected, the rate of the state assessment is 13 24 automatically increased from one=quarter of 1 percent to one= 13 25 half of 1 percent of the net market price. 13 26 CONTINUANCE OF THE BOARD. The bill provides that if a 13 27 promotional order is not extended by referendum (see Code 13 28 section 185.24), the board remains in existence as provided in 13 29 its articles of incorporation or bylaws. However, the 13 30 directors are no longer required to be elected as provided in 13 31 the bill and the ex officio directors are no longer required 13 32 to serve on the board. The board is required to wind down its 13 33 affairs under the Code chapter until the checkoff moneys are 13 34 expended. If a new promotional order passes by referendum, 13 35 the board must be reorganized by the secretary of agriculture 14 1 and the new directors must serve out the remaining terms of 14 2 their predecessors as if there had not been an interruption. 14 3 SOYBEAN CHECKOFF ACCOUNT. The bill names the board's 14 4 special account where checkoff moneys are deposited the 14 5 soybean checkoff account. The bill provides that the 14 6 association must strictly segregate moneys in the account from 14 7 all other moneys of the association. Moneys in the account 14 8 must be expended exclusively for the purposes of market 14 9 development and administration of the Code chapter. The bill 14 10 provides that the account is subject to state audit. 14 11 NOT A STATE AGENCY. The bill provides that the board is 14 12 not considered a governmental entity, except for limited 14 13 purposes, including state auditing practices under Code 14 14 chapter 11, deposit and investment requirements under Code 14 15 chapter 12C, and for purposes of appealing an administrative 14 16 action under Code chapter 17A. 14 17 POLITICAL ACTIVITY AND INFLUENCING LEGISLATION RESTRICTED. 14 18 The bill provides that generally the board cannot expend 14 19 moneys collected pursuant to Code chapter 185 on a political 14 20 activity and cannot expend moneys in an attempt to influence 14 21 legislation. There is an exception. It does not apply to 14 22 communication or action which relates to foreign trade. 14 23 TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS. A number of transitional 14 24 provisions are included relating to the election of the board 14 25 of directors. The secretary appoints an initial board before 14 26 an election is conducted as provided in the bill. Producers 14 27 must vote by ballot for the new directors of the board, on or 14 28 before August 31, following the enactment of the bill. The 14 29 secretary of agriculture must announce the results of the 14 30 election on or before September 15. Once the elected 14 31 directors meet, the initial directors' terms cease. The bill 14 32 provides that any agreement is not affected by the mere 14 33 assumption of authority by a new board. In addition, any 14 34 rule, regulation, form, order, or direction promulgated by the 14 35 Iowa soybean promotion board or the department of agriculture 15 1 and land stewardship continues to be effective. 15 2 ELIMINATION OF PROVISIONS == SPECIAL REFERENDUM ABOLISHED. 15 3 The bill eliminates Code chapter 185A, which recognized the 15 4 Iowa soybean association. It also eliminates Code section 15 5 185.10, which includes provisions referring to ex officio 15 6 members, and Code section 185.25A, which requires a special 15 7 referendum to increase the rate of the checkoff or extend a 15 8 promotional order. 15 9 LSB 2718HH 81 15 10 da:rj/gg/14
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