(A) The technical advisory council temporarily may suspend the operation of a marketing program, or any part of a program, for any reason upon recommendation by the operating committee of the program for a period of not more than twelve consecutive months.
(B) At least once in each five years of operation, or at any time upon written petition by the lesser of one hundred or ten per cent of the independent producers in this state, the council shall hold a hearing as prescribed in Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to consider the continuation of the program.
(C) Not later than thirty days after the close of any hearing to consider the continuation of a marketing program, the council shall recommend continuation or termination of the program, shall give public notice, and shall notify each independent producer of record, all parties appearing at the hearing, and other interested parties of the recommendation.
(D) When the council recommends termination of a marketing program, within forty-five days the council shall conduct a referendum to determine whether independent producers favor the proposed termination. Independent producers favor the termination of the program if a majority of the independent producers who vote in the referendum vote in favor of termination of the program.
Effective Date: 12-18-1997