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PUBLIC LAW 95-000—MMMM. DD, 1977

PUBLIC LAW 95-35—JUNE 1, 1977

91 STAT. 175

Public Law 95-35 95th Congress An Act Granting the consent of Congress to the Mississippi-Louisiana Bridge construction compact. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the consent of Congress is given to the Mississippi-Louisiana Bridge construction compact entered into between the States of Mississippi and Louisiana, which compact reads as follows: "Mississippi-Louisiana Bridge Construction Compact" "Article I. The purpose of this compact is to promote the construction of a bridge connecting the States of Mississippi and Louisiana at or near Natchez, Mississippi, and Vidalia, Louisiana, and to establish a joint interstate authority to assist in these efforts. "Article II. This compact shall become effective immediately as to the States ratifying it whenever the States of Louisiana and Mississippi have ratijfied it and Congress has given consent thereto. "Article III. The States which are parties to this compact (hereinafter referred to as 'party States') do hereby establish and create a joint agency which shall be known as the Mississippi-Louisiana Bridge Authority (hereinafter referred to as the 'authority'). The membership of such authority shall consist of the Governor of each party State, one representative each from the Mississippi State Hignway Department and the Louisiana Department of Highways, five other citizens of each party State, to be appointed by the Governor thereof. The appointive members of the authority shall serve for terms of four years each. Vacancies on the authority shall be filled by appointment by the Governor for the unexpired portion of the term. The members of the authority shall not be compensated for service on the authority, but each of the appointed members shall be entitled to actual and reasonable expenses incurred in attending meetings, or incurred otherwise in the performance of his duties as a member of the authority. The members of the authority shall hold regular quarterly meetings and such special meetings as its business may require. They shall choose annually a chairman and vice chairman from among their members, and the chairmanship shall rotate each year among the party States in order of their acceptance of this compact. The secretary of the authority (hereinafter provided for) shall notify each member in writing of all meetings of the authority in such a manner and under such rules and regulations as the authority may prescribe. The authority shall adopt rules and regulations for the transaction of its business; and the secretary shall keep a record of all its business and shall furnish a copy thereof to each member of the authority. It shall be the duty of the authority, in general, to promote, encourage, and coordinate the efforts of the party States to secure the development of the JNIississippi-Louisiana Bridge at or near Natchez, Mississippi, and Vidalia, Louisiana. Toward this end, the authority shall have power to hold hearings; to conduct studies and surveys of" all problems, benefits, and other matters associated with the construction of the Mississippi-Louisiana Bridge, and to make reports thereon; to acquire, by gift, grant, or otherwise, from local. State, Federal, or private sources

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June 1, 1977 [H.R. 3662] MississippiLouisiana Bridge Construction Compact. Congressional consent.