NO. 42.  AN ACT RELATING TO ELEVATING THE COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND MARKETS TO A CABINET LEVEL POSITION.

(H.349)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  3 V.S.A. chapter 46 is added to read:

CHAPTER 46.  AGRICULTURE

§ 2350.  AGENCY AND SECRETARY CREATED

(a)  The department of agriculture, food and markets is hereby elevated to an agency.  The commissioner of agriculture, food and markets is hereby elevated to a secretary who shall be a member of the governor’s cabinet.

(b)  The secretary of agriculture, food and markets shall prepare and submit to the house and senate committees on agriculture and government operations by January 15, 2004 for their review a report on the agency’s progress in developing a plan for the reorganization of the agency of agriculture, food and markets.  Notice of the submission of the report shall be provided to all members of the general assembly.  The plan shall articulate the goals, objectives, functions, and structure proposed for the agency.  The secretary may propose an appropriate agency name.

Sec. 2.  STATUTORY REVISIONS

The legislative council is directed to codify this act into Title 3 in conformance with existing Vermont Statutes Annotated format.  When applicable, the terms “commissioner of agriculture, food and markets,” “commissioner of agriculture,” or “commissioner” in the Vermont Statutes Annotated shall be substituted by the terms “secretary of agriculture, food and markets,” “secretary of agriculture,” or “secretary,” respectively; and when applicable, the terms “department of agriculture, food and markets,” “department of agriculture,” or “department” shall be substituted by the terms “agency of agriculture, food and markets,” “agency of agriculture,” or “agency,” respectively.

Sec. 3.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect on passage.

Approved:  May 27, 2003