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H.R. 2971 (100th): Uniform Cotton Classing Fees Act of 1987

The text of the bill below is as of Aug 20, 1987 (Passed Congress).

101 STAT. 728                      PUBLIC LAW 100-108—AUG. 20, 1987

                    Public Law 100-108                                                        '\.:': .
                    100th Congress                                             ^
                                                        An Act
 Aug. 20, 1987      To provide continuing authority to the Secretary of Agriculture for recovering costs
  [H.R. 2971]                 associated with cotton classing services, and for other purposes.
                      Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
Uniform Cotton       United States of America in Congress assembled.
Classing Fees
Act of 1987.        SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
ffrSt^urai ^'"^        That this Act may be cited as the "Uniform Cotton Classing Fees
commodities.        Act 01 1987 .
7 u s e 471 note.
Effective date.         Effective for the period beginning on the date of enactment of this
                     Act and ending September 30, 1992, section 3a of the Cotton Statis-
                     tics and Estimates Act (7 U.S.C. 473a) is amended—
                            (1) by amending the first sentence to read as follows:
                      „g "Effective for the fiscal years ending September 30, 1987,
                      " September 30, 1988, September 30, 1989, September 30, 1990,
                          September 30, 1991, and September 30, 1992, the Secretary of
                          Agriculture shall make cotton classification services available
                          to producers of cotton and shall provide for the collection of
                          classification fees from participating producers, or agents who
                          voluntarily agree to collect and remit the fees on behalf of
                            (2) in the second sentence by striking out the proviso and
                          inserting in lieu thereof the following: "Provided, That (1) the
                          uniform per bale classification fee to be collected from pro-
                          ducers, or their agents, for such classification service in any year
                          shall be the uniform fee collected in the previous year, exclusive
                          of adjustments to such fee made in the previous year under
                          clauses (2), (3), and (4) of this proviso, and as may be adjusted by
                          the percentage change in the Implicit Price Deflator for Gross
                          National Product as indexed during the most recent twelve-
                          month period for which statistics are available; (2) the fee
                          calculated in accordance with clause (1) for a crop year may be
                          increased by an amount not to exceed 1 per centum for every
                          100,000 running bales, or portion thereof, that the Secretary
                          estimates will be produced in such crop year below the level of
                          12,500,000 running bales, or decreased by an amount not to
                          exceed 1 per centum for every 100,000 running bales, or portion
                          thereof, that the Secretary estimates will be produced in such
                          crop year above the level of 12,500,000 running bales; (3) adjust-
                          ments made under clause (2) shall not exceed 15 per centum,
                          except when the Secretary estimates that income generated by
                          fees, surcharges, and other sources of income will not provide an
                          ending accumulated operating reserve for a fiscal year of at
                          least 10 per centum of the estimated cost of operating the
                          program; (4) if the Secretary projects an accumulated operating
                    ' . reserve at the end of a fiscal year of less than 25 per centum of
     •""               "' the estimated cost of operating the program, the Secretary may

PUBLIC LAW 100-108—AUG. 20, 1987 101 STAT. 729 add a special surcharge, not to exceed 5 cents per bale, ap- plicable to such fiscal year, to ensure sufficient funds are avail- able; (5) notwithstanding the previous clauses, the Secretary, to the extent practicable, shall not establish a fee which, when combined with all other sources of revenue and adjusted for * expenses, would result in a projected operating reserve of more than 25 per centum; (6) the Secretary should continue to recog- ''•' nize that central billing and collection can reduce administra- tive costs, and offer appropriate discounts where practicable; and (7) the Secretary shall announce the uniform classification fee and any surcharge for the crop not later than June 1 of the , year in which the fee applies, except that for fiscal year 1987, such announcement shall be made as soon as practicable follow- ing enactment of this proviso."; £ind > (3) in the third sentence by striking out "clauses (1) and (2)" and inserting in lieu thereof the following: "clauses (1), (2), and (3)". SEC. 3. STUDY ON PROCESSING CERTAIN COTTON GRADES. 7 USC 473a note. (a) STUDY.—The Secretary of Agriculture shall conduct a study, and perform such testing as necessary, of the differences between processing efficiency and product quality for Light Spotted and White grade cottons. The Secretary shall also conduct a survey and research to determine why an incresising proportion of the cotton crop is being classified as Light Spotted. (b) REPORT.—Not later than October 1, 1988, the Secretary shall submit an initial report describing the results of the studies re- quired under subsection (a) to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutri- tion, and Forestry of the Senate. A final report shall be submitted to such committees as soon as practicable after submission of the initial report. Approved August 20, 1987. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—H.R. 2971: HOUSE REPORTS: No. 100-242 (Comm. on Agriculture). CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 133 (1987): July 27, considered and passed House. Aug. 5, considered and passed Senate.