73-36-19. Board powers and duties

(1) The State Board of Registration for Foresters shall have the following powers and duties:

(a) To adopt rules and regulations governing the holding of its meetings, hearings, applications for licenses and any and all other duties provided by this chapter.

(b) To establish and promulgate standards of practice and a code of ethics for registered foresters and provide for the enforcement thereof.

(c) To establish minimum requirements for professional continuing education.

(d) To prepare a biennial roster showing the names, business addresses and such other information as the board may deem necessary of all foresters registered under this chapter, and to provide copies to the registered foresters and the public. A copy of the roster shall be filed with the Secretary of State of the State of Mississippi on or before April 1 in the year such roster is prepared.

(e) To issue, suspend or revoke licenses and to take all actions necessary.

(2) At any hearing before the board, any member may administer oaths to witnesses appearing before the board. If any person shall refuse to testify or to produce any books, papers or documents, the board may present its petition to any court of competent jurisdiction within the state setting forth the facts, and then the court, in a proper case, may issue its subpoena to the person requiring his attendance before the court and to testify or to produce such books, papers and documents as may be deemed necessary and pertinent thereto. Any person failing or refusing to obey the subpoena of the court may be proceeded against in the same manner as for refusal to obey any other subpoena of the court.

(3) The board shall keep a record of its proceedings and a register of all applications for registration. The register shall show the name, age and residence of each applicant, the date of the application and the board’s action on the application and any other information as may be deemed necessary by the board. The board shall submit an annual report to the Governor and a report to the regular session of the Legislature. The report to the Legislature shall include a financial statement of the transactions of the board during the year.

Laws 1977, Ch. 475, § 9; Laws 1983, Ch. 326, § 10; Laws 1991, Ch. 330, § 10, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1999, Ch. 445, § 9, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2000, Ch. 601, § 7, eff. July 1, 2000. Reenacted by Laws 2004, Ch. 416, § 10, eff. July 1, 2004. Brought forward by Laws 2023, H.B. No. 787, § 11, eff. July 1, 2023.

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