2019 Mississippi Code
Title 73 - Professions and Vocations
Chapter 4 - Auctioneers
§ 73-4-7. Mississippi Auctioneer Commission; creation; powers and duties generally; qualifications, terms, and compensation of members
(1) The Mississippi Auctioneer Commission is created, and it shall have the authority to make such rules and regulations as are reasonable and necessary for the orderly regulation of the auctioneering profession and the protection of the public, which rules and regulations are not inconsistent with the Mississippi Constitution of 1890 and state laws. The commission shall have the following powers:
(a) The power to set reasonable license fees, to collect and hold such fees and to disburse such fees in any manner not inconsistent with this chapter.
(b) The power to make such rules and regulations as will promote the orderly functioning of the auction profession and ensure the protection of the public.
(c) The power to hire and retain such staff and support personnel as are necessary to conduct business and assure compliance with this chapter.
(d) The power to conduct investigations, hold hearings, subpoena witnesses, make findings of fact and otherwise enforce the disciplinary provisions contained in this chapter.
(2) The Mississippi Auctioneer Commission shall consist of five (5) members, one (1) from each congressional district, who shall be appointed by the Governor. All appointees shall possess the following minimum qualifications:
(a) An appointee shall be a citizen of Mississippi.
(b) An appointee shall have been engaged as an auctioneer for a period of not less than five (5) years immediately preceding his appointment.
(c) An appointee shall be of good reputation, trustworthy and knowledgeable in the auction profession.
An individual may not act as a member of the commission while holding another elected or appointed office in either the state or federal government or while owning a school or other facility to train individuals to be auctioneers.
(3) In order to assure continuity, the Governor shall appoint the initial members of the commission for the following terms:
(a) The member appointed from the First Congressional District shall serve a term of one (1) year;
(b) The member appointed from the Second Congressional District shall serve a term of two (2) years;
(c) The member appointed from the Third Congressional District shall serve a term of three (3) years;
(d) The member appointed from the Fourth Congressional District shall serve a term of four (4) years; and
(e) The member appointed from the Fifth Congressional District shall serve a term of five (5) years.
Subsequent terms shall be for five (5) years, except for interim appointments to fill unexpired terms which shall be only for the unexpired term.
(4) Each member of the commission shall receive a per diem as provided by Section 25-3-69 per meeting and shall be reimbursed for ordinary and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of official duties as provided in Section 25-3-41.