Section 9-21-3

Definitions; diversity requirement on board.

For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms have the following meanings:

(1) Board means the Alabama Board for Aquatic Plant Management and shall include the following members:

a. The Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources or his or her designee.

b. The Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Industries or his or her designee.

c. The Director of the Department of Environmental Management or his or her designee.

d. The Director of the Department of Economic and Community Affairs or his or her designee;

e. The department head of the Auburn University College of Agriculture School of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures or his or her designee.

f. A representative of the United States Corps of Engineers designated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

g. A member appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

h. A member appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

i. A member appointed by the Governor who represents the recreational sport fishing industry.

The membership of the board shall be inclusive and reflect the racial, gender, geographic, urban/rural, and economic diversity of the state. The board shall annually report to the Legislature by the second legislative day of each regular session the extent to which the board has complied with the diversity provisions of this subsection.

(2) Aquatic plant is any plant growing in, or closely associated with, the aquatic environment and includes floating, emersed, submersed, and ditch bank species, as determined by the board.

(3) Waters of the Tennessee River means bodies of public water located within the Tennessee River Basin or its tributaries.

(4) Cooperative Extension System means the primary outreach organization for the land-grant functions of Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities.

(Act 2013-384, p. 1442, §3.)