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Section 75653. (Added by Stats. 1994, Ch. 69, Sec. 60.)
Cite as: Cal. Food & Agric. Code §75653.

(a)Upon a finding by a two-thirds vote of the membership of the commission that the operation of this chapter has not tended to effectuate its declared purposes, the commission may recommend to the secretary that the operation of this chapter be suspended. However, any suspension shall not become effective until the expiration of the current marketing year.

(b)The secretary shall, upon receipt of the recommendation, or may, after a public hearing to review a petition filed with the secretary requesting a suspension signed by not less than 20 percent of the eligible producers by number who produced not less than 20 percent of the total volume of apples in the immediately preceding marketing year, hold a referendum to determine if the operations of the commission shall be suspended. However, the secretary shall not hold a referendum as a result of the petition unless the petitioner shows, by a preponderance of evidence, in a manner prescribed by the secretary, that the operation of this chapter has not tended to effectuate its declared purposes.

(c)The secretary shall establish a referendum period, which shall not be less than 10 days or more than 60 days in duration. The secretary may prescribe additional procedures as may be necessary to conduct the referendum. At the close of the established referendum period, the secretary shall tabulate the ballots filed during the period. The secretary shall suspend the operation of this chapter if the secretary finds that at least 40 percent of the total number of persons from the list established by the secretary have participated in the referendum and that either one of the following has occurred:

(1)Sixty-five percent or more of the eligible producers who voted in the referendum voted in favor of suspension, and the eligible producers so voting produced and marketed a majority of the total quantity of apples in the preceding marketing year by all of the eligible producers who voted in the referendum.

(2)A majority of the eligible producers who voted in the referendum voted in favor of suspension, and the eligible producers so voting produced and marketed 65 percent or more of the total quantity of apples in the preceding marketing year by all of the eligible producers who voted in the referendum.





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