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§ 25-53-7. Members of authority; terms; vacancies; surety bond; restriction on beneficial interest in business or body engaged in information business; legislative designees authorized to attend meetings.

(1)  The membership of the authority shall be composed of five (5) members to be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The initial terms of the members shall be for one (1), two (2), three (3), four (4) and five (5) years, respectively, and thereafter all terms shall be for five (5) years. The initial appointments to the reconstituted authority shall be made no later than June 30, 1984, for terms to begin on July 1, 1984. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as original appointments for the unexpired portion of the term vacated. Each member of the authority shall have a minimum of four (4) years' experience in an information technology-related executive position or prior service as a member of the authority. 

(2)  Each member of the authority shall be required to furnish a surety bond in the minimum amount of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00) to be approved by the secretary of state, conditioned according to law and payable to the State of Mississippi, before entering upon his duties. The premiums on such bonds shall be paid from any funds available to the authority for such purpose. 

(3)  No member of the authority, nor its executive director, shall, during his term as such member or director, have any substantial beneficial interest in any corporation or other organization engaged in the information technology business either as manufacturer, supplier, lessor, or otherwise. All members and the executive director shall fully disclose in writing any such beneficial interest, and such disclosure shall be entered on the minutes of the authority. 

(4)  The Lieutenant Governor may designate one (1) Senator and the Speaker of the House of Representatives may designate one (1) Representative to attend any meeting of the authority. The appointing authorities may designate an alternate member from their respective houses to serve when the regular designee is unable to attend such meetings of the authority. Such legislative designees shall have no jurisdiction or vote on any matter within the jurisdiction of the authority. For attending meetings of the authority, such legislators shall receive per diem and expenses which shall be paid from the contingent expense funds of their respective houses in the same amounts as provided for committee meetings when the Legislature is not in session; however, no per diem and expenses for attending meetings of the authority will be paid while the Legislature is in session. No per diem and expenses will be paid except for attending meetings of the authority without prior approval of the proper committee in their respective houses. 

Sources: Codes, 1942, §§ 8946-62, 8946-64; Laws,  1968, ch. 499, §§ 2, 4; Laws, 1970, ch. 466, §§ 2, 4; Laws, 1984, ch. 488, §§ 281, 282; Laws, 1995, ch. 622, § 4, eff from and after July 1, 1995.