Section 2-8-354

Nonprofit association.

(a) Any Alabama nonprofit association of shrimpers and seafood fishermen organized for the promotion and betterment of the shrimp and seafood industry may apply to the board for certification and approval, for the purpose of conducting a referendum among shrimpers and seafood fishermen of the state, on the question of levying an assessment and collecting, expending, and utilizing the assessment for the purpose or purposes authorized under this article and as stated in the referendum. Any nonprofit association who substantially or fairly represents shrimpers and seafood fishermen and who is approved or certified by the board may execute or carry out a promotional program pursuant to this article.

(b) Upon any nonprofit association of shrimpers and seafood fishermen filing an application with the board, the board, within 30 days thereafter, shall meet and consider the application. If the board is satisfied that the applicant is fairly representative of the shrimp and seafood fishermen of the state, and the board finds and determines that the application is in conformity with this article, the board shall certify the association as a duly delegated and authorized association and shall certify that the association may conduct among the shrimpers and seafood fishermen, either singularly or jointly, of the state a referendum for the purpose set forth in its application.

(Act 2004-301, p. 427, §5.)