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TITLE 4AGRICULTURE
PART 1TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
CHAPTER 23TEXAS COMMODITY LAW
SUBCHAPTER AGENERAL PROVISIONS
DIVISION 2CERTIFICATION OF COMMODITY ORGANIZATIONS
RULE §23.22Election Plan Required

(a) Prior to an election or referendum, an election plan must be submitted to the Department for approval. The election plan must include:

  (1) the notice to be printed in newspaper and industry publications, as prescribed or approved by the Commissioner;

  (2) a list of newspapers and industry publications where notices will be published, giving preference to the areas of the greatest production of the specific commodity;

  (3) an election timeline, including publication of newspaper and industry notices, notices to county agents, referendum date and canvassing date;

  (4) draft ballot;

  (5) draft press release announcing referendum;

  (6) draft board member petition; and

  (7) information on whether balloting will be conducted by mail or in person.

(b) The Commissioner must be notified of biennial board elections and/or referenda to increase assessments at least 90 days prior to the election date. All election and referendum notices must be made in the same manner described in the initial referendum. In the case of a referendum adding new territory, notices will be handled in the same manner as the original referendum.


Source Note: The provisions of this §23.22 adopted to be effective November 5, 2017, 42 TexReg 6002

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