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 1        AN ACT creating a Food Animal Institute.

 2        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section 1.  Short title.  This Act may be  cited  as  the
 5    Food Animal Institute Act.

 6        Section 5.  Definitions.  As used in this Act:
 7        "Board"  means  the  governing  board  of the Food Animal
 8    Institute.
 9        "Institute" means the Food Animal Institute.
10        "Food animal" includes,  but  is  not  limited  to,  beef
11    cattle,  swine,  sheep,  dairy cattle, turkeys, chickens, and
12    aquaculture products.
13        "Allied agribusiness"  means  any  related  agribusiness,
14    such  as  the feed industry, financial institutions, the food
15    animal or food animal processing industry, farm equipment  or
16    implement   dealers   or   manufacturers,   crop  production,
17    pharmaceuticals, or nutraceuticals.
18        "Non-agribusiness" means conservation groups, dieticians,
19    food processors, consumers, and animal health and  well-being
20    groups.

21        Section  10.  Institute  established;  purpose.  The Food
22    Animal Institute  is  established  to  review  and  encourage
23    research  through  peer  review,  to  publish and disseminate
24    unbiased information about all aspects  of  the  food  animal
25    industry, anticipating issues with a vision for the future of
26    Illinois   agriculture,   and   to   maintain   comprehensive
27    information  systems  for  the improvement and enhancement of
28    all aspects of the food animal industry, all for the  benefit
29    of  the  public, the General Assembly, the Governor's Office,
30    and other State and local government agencies. The  Institute
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 1    must fulfill its purposes with unbiased integrity.

 2        Section  15.  Governing board.  The Institute is governed
 3    by a board of 15 voting members appointed by the Governor who
 4    will ensure unbiased information.   Five  of  the  Governor's
 5    appointees  must  represent  food animal production.  Five of
 6    the Governor's appointees must represent allied  agribusiness
 7    aspects  of the food animal industry.  Five of the Governor's
 8    appointees must represent other, non-agribusiness aspects  of
 9    the food animal industry.
10        The  board  must also include, as non-voting members, the
11    dean or department  chairperson  or  his  or  her  designated
12    representative of the following institutions:  the University
13    of  Illinois  College  of  ACES,  the  University of Illinois
14    College of Veterinary Medicine, Southern Illinois  University
15    College   of   Agriculture,   Western   Illinois   University
16    Agriculture   Department,   and   Illinois  State  University
17    Agriculture Department.

18        Section 20.  Appointment; terms.  Initial  appointees  to
19    the  board  serve  the  following  terms as designated by the
20    Governor:  5 for a term of one year; 5 for a term of 2 years;
21    and 5 for a term of 3  years.   Subsequent  appointees  serve
22    terms of 3 years.  A vacancy is filled by appointment for the
23    remainder  of the unexpired term.  Members may be reappointed
24    to the board.  If the Governor fails to appoint a  member  or
25    to  fill  a  vacancy  within  90  days  after a member's term
26    expires or a vacancy occurs, the remaining board members must
27    make the appointment by majority vote. A member appointed  to
28    fill a vacancy shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired
29    term or until their successor is qualified.

30        Section 25.  Operation of the board.
31        (a)  Upon appointment of the board's initial members, the
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 1    Director  of  Agriculture  shall convene the first meeting of
 2    the board for the purpose  of  selecting  a  chairperson  and
 3    considering  other  matters of business of the Institute. The
 4    board annually thereafter, in January or the first meeting of
 5    each year, must select a chairperson from among  its  number.
 6    Chairpersons  may be re-elected but shall not serve more than
 7    3 consecutive years.  The board meets  at  the  call  of  the
 8    chair.   A  quorum  is  necessary  for action by the board; 8
 9    voting members of the board constitute  a  quorum,  unless  a
10    vacancy exists among the board's voting members. If a vacancy
11    exists,  then a quorum of the board shall consist of a simple
12    majority of the voting members.  Members  of  the  board  may
13    receive  no  compensation but must be reimbursed for expenses
14    incurred in the actual performance of their duties.
15        (b)  The board:
16             (1)  may have and use a common seal  and  alter  the
17        seal at its discretion;
18             (2)  may adopt all necessary resolutions, protocols,
19        and by-laws;
20             (3)  may enter into agreements with and accept funds
21        from  State  or  federal  agencies,  trade  associations,
22        industry organizations, universities and their sub-units,
23        foundations,   and   other   not-for-profit  and  private
24        industries to carry out the purposes of the Institute;
25             (4)  may establish reserve funds and  accounts  that
26        may  be necessary or desirable to accomplish the purposes
27        of the Institute; and
28             (5)  shall have  and  exercise  all  powers  and  be
29        subject  to  all  duties  commonly  incident to boards of
30        directors.

31        Section  30.  Institute  expenses.  Operating  staff  and
32    expenses  of   the   Institute   shall   be   provided   from
33    appropriations   made  by  the  General  Assembly  for  those
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 1    purposes.  The  board  shall  have  the  authority   to   pay
 2    administrative  expenses  including salary, wages, and fringe
 3    benefits; operation and maintenance expenses, travel, supply,
 4    and printing expenses, rental and  rental  related  expenses,
 5    and costs of capital purchases and improvements; contract and
 6    contractual  expenses;  and other expenses deemed appropriate
 7    by the board. The board is  authorized  to  establish  a  fee
 8    structure  and  charge  fees for publications and duplicating
 9    expenses. Revenue from those fees shall be deposited into the
10    Food Animal  Institute  Fund.  No  charges  or  fees  may  be
11    authorized  or  charged to members of the General Assembly or
12    the Governor's Office.

13        Section 35.  Report.  The Institute must report  annually
14    on  January  1  to  the  Governor,  the Clerk of the House of
15    Representatives, and the Secretary of  the  Senate  upon  the
16    Institute's activities in the preceding 12 months. The report
17    shall be a public record open for inspection at the office of
18    the  Institute  and,  among  other  matters, shall include an
19    assessment of the current state of the food  animal  industry
20    in  Illinois  and  recommendations  for  new  initiatives and
21    efforts to further enhance and best position the food  animal
22    industry in Illinois.

23        Section  40.  Food Animal Institute Fund. The Food Animal
24    Institute Fund is created as a  special  fund  in  the  State
25    treasury.  Grants,  State  appropriations,  fees,  and  other
26    moneys   obtained   by   the   Food   Animal  Institute  from
27    governmental entities, private  sources,  foundations,  trade
28    associations,   industry  organizations,  and  not-for-profit
29    organizations for use  in  furthering  the  purposes  of  the
30    Institute  may be deposited into the Fund. Moneys in the Fund
31    may be used by the Institute, subject to  appropriation,  for
32    undertaking  projects, programs, and other activities and for
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 1    the operating and other  expenses  of  the  Institute  as  it
 2    fulfills its duties and responsibilities.

 3        Section  45.  Use of funds. The Institute, from the funds
 4    appropriated  to  it,  shall:  (i)  collect  and  disseminate
 5    research data, results, or conclusions and disseminate it  to
 6    the  public, the General Assembly, State agencies, and others
 7    who request it; (ii) provide unbiased  analysis  of  research
 8    findings,  including  economic  impacts  on the State and the
 9    food animal industry; (iii) provide, where needed,  for  peer
10    review  of  research  and  research  proposals for scientific
11    merit, objectives, methods, and procedures;  (iv)  coordinate
12    its  activities  with public research and education programs;
13    and (v) initiate other activities  that  are  reasonable  and
14    necessary  to  fulfill  the responsibilities of the Institute
15    under this Act.

16        Section 95.  The State Finance Act is amended  by  adding
17    Section 5.541 as follows:

18        (30 ILCS 105/5.541 new)
19        Sec. 5.541.  The Food Animal Institute Fund.

20        Section  99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect upon
21    becoming law.

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