- There is hereby created an agency of the party States to be known as the "Interstate Mining Commission", hereinafter called "the Commission". The Commission shall be composed of one commissioner from each party State who shall be the Governor thereof. Pursuant to the laws of the party State, each Governor shall have the assistance of an advisory body (including membership from mining industries, conservation interests, and such other public and private interests as may be appropriate) in considering problems relating to mining and in discharging the responsibilities as a Commissioner on the Commission. In any instance where a Governor is unable to attend a meeting of the commission or perform any other function in connection with the business of the Commission, he/she shall designate an alternate, from among the members of the advisory body required by this paragraph, who shall represent him/her and act in his/her place and stead. The designation of an alternate shall be communicated by the Governor to the Commission in such manner as its bylaws may provide.
- The Commissioners shall be entitled to one vote each on the Commission. No action of the Commission making a recommendation pursuant to Article IV-3, IV-7, and IV-8 or requesting, accepting or disposing of funds, services, or other property pursuant to this paragraph, Article V (g), V (h), or VII shall be valid unless taken at a meeting at which a majority of the total number of votes on the Commission is cast in favor thereof. All other action shall be by a majority of those present and voting: provided that action of the Commission shall be only at a meeting at which a majority of the Commissioners, or their alternates, is present. The Commission may establish and maintain such facilities as may be necessary for the transaction of its business. The Commission may acquire, hold, and convey real and personal property and any interest therein.
- The Commission shall have a seal.
- The Commission shall elect annually, from among its members, a Chairman, a Vice-chairman, and a Treasurer. The Commission shall appoint an Executive Director and fix his/her duties and compensation. Such Executive Director shall serve at the pleasure of the Commission. The Executive Director, the Treasurer, and such other personnel as the Commission shall designate shall be bonded. The amount or amounts of such bond or bonds shall be determined by the Commission.
- Irrespective of the civil service, personnel or other merit system laws of any of the party States, the Executive Director, with the approval of the Commission, shall appoint, remove or discharge such personnel as may be necessary for the performance of the Commission's functions, and shall fix the duties and compensation of such personnel.
- The Commission may establish and maintain independently or in conjunction with a party State, a suitable retirement system for its employees. Employees of the Commission shall be eligible for social security coverage in respect of old age and survivor's insurance provided that the Commission takes such steps as may be necessary pursuant to the laws of the United States, to participate in such program of insurance as a governmental agency or unit. The Commission may establish and maintain or participate in such additional programs of employee benefits as it may deem appropriate.
- The Commission may borrow, accept or contract for the services of personnel from any State, the United States, or any other governmental agency, or from any person, firm, association or corporation.
- The Commission may accept for any of its purposes and functions under this Compact any and all donations, and grants of money, equipment, supplies, materials and services, conditional or otherwise, from any State, the United States, or any other governmental agency, or from any person, firm, association or corporation, and may receive, utilize and dispose of the same. Any donation or grant accepted by the Commission pursuant to this paragraph or services borrowed pursuant to paragraph (g) of the Article shall be reported in the annual report of the Commission. Such report shall include the nature, amount and conditions, if any, of the donation, grant or services borrowed and the identity of the donor or lender.
- The Commission shall adopt bylaws for the conduct of its business and shall have the power to amend and rescind these bylaws. The Commission shall publish its bylaws in convenient form and shall file a copy thereof and a copy of any amendment thereto, with the appropriate agency or officer in each of the party States.
- The Commission annually shall make to the Governor, legislature and advisory body required by Article V (a) of each party State a report covering the activities of the Commission for the preceding year, and embodying such recommendations as may have been made by the Commission. The Commission may make such additional reports as it may deem desirable.
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