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An Act Concerning the Agricultural Department and College of Agriculgture and Mechanic Arts.

1897 Public Laws: Chapter 85

Public Laws and Resolutions of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1897 - Pages 130-131.
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The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That chapter three hundred and seventy-four (374) of the public laws of 1895, be and the same is hereby repealed.

Sec. 2. That the Department of Agriculture shall be under the control and supervision of a Board of Sixteen Commissioners and the President of the State Farmers' Alliance shall be one of this number, and the President of the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts shall be ex officio a member of the Board, and of the other fourteen one shall be selected from each Congressional district, and the other five from the State at large, and nominated by the Governor to the Senate and confirmed by that body. The terms of five of the Commissioners shall be for two years, the terms of five of the Commissioners shall be for four years, and the terms of the other four shall be for six years, to be designated by the Governor in his nominations.

Sec. 3. That the management and control of the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, and the care and preservation of all its property, shall reside with, and be vested in the Board of Commissioners; and so much of section three of chapter four hundred and ten (410) of the public laws of 1887, being an Act entitled, "An Act Supplemental to Chapter Three Hundred and Eight, (308) of the Laws of 1885, entitled 'An Act to Establish and Maintain an Industrial School,'" as provides for a Board of Trustees consisting in part of five persons appointed by the Governor, is hereby repealed, and the Board of Trustees mentioned in said section three, and the offices of Trustees thereby created, are hereby abolished; and the Board of Agriculture as authorized, provided for, and called into existence by section one of chapter three hundred and seventy-four (374) of the public laws of 1885 [sic, 1895] are hereby abolished, and any other law under which any member of the Board of Agriculture now owes his appointment, whether said appointment was made by the Governor, by the General Assembly, or otherwise, is hereby repealed, and the Trustees or others appointed or elected thereunder are hereby abolished; it being the intention of this Act to abolish and destroy the existence of the entire Board of Agriculture as it now exists, and to substitute therefor the Board of sixteen Commissioners as herein provided.

Sec. 4. The Board of Commissioners herein established shall have all the powers and perform all the duties heretofore exercised, authorized, and required of the Board of Trustees and Board of Agriculture, not inconsistent nor in conflict with this Act, in relation to, and in control and supervision, management and direction of the Department of Agriculture and the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts and chapter four hundred and ten (410) of the public laws of 1887, and chapter three hundred and forty-eight (348) of the public laws of 1891 not inconsistent or in conflict with this Act are hereby re-enacted and continued in full force and vigor.

Sec. 5. That immediately upon the ratification of this Act the Secretary of State shall furnish the Governor a certified copy thereof, and immediately upon confirmation by the Senate the Secretary of State shall notify each Commissioner of his appointment, and the Commissioners shall assemble in the City of Raleigh on Tuesday the ninth day of March next, and shall proceed to organize under this Act and enter upon the discharge of their duties. The number and time of meeting of the Board shall be fixed by the Board, and the members shall receive four dollars ($4.00) per diem and traveling expenses.

Sec. 6. All vacancies occurring under this Act shall be filled by the appointment of the Governor and confirmation by the Senate if that body is in session at the time of the filling the vacancy, if the Senate is not in session when the vacancy is to be filled, the Governor shall appoint and the appointee shall hold until his successor is confirmed by the Senate: and if the Senate should fail to confirm any nomination, the Governor shall within ten days after the adjournment of the Senate fill the vacancy.

Sec. 7. It is not the intention of the General Assembly that the commissioners herein provided for, shall be officers within the meaning of Section seven (7) of Article fourteen (14) of the Constitution, and they are declared to be special Commissioners for the special purposes of this Act.

Sec. 8. All laws inconsistent or in conflict with this Act are hereby repealed.

Sec. 9. This Act shall be in force from its ratification.

In the General Assembly read three times and ratified, this the 18th Day of February, 1897.

Daniel L. Russell, Jr., Governor
Charles A. Reynolds, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
A.F. Hileman, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office of Secretary of State,
Raleigh, April 28th, 1897.

I, Cyrus Thompson, Secretary of State, hereby certify that
the foregoing (manuscript) are true copies of the original acts
and resolutions on file in this office.

Cyrus Thompson,
Secretary of State.



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