§19-12-4. Detection and abundance surveys; findings of
commissioner; eradication and suppression.
The commissioner shall cause detection and abundance surveys
to be made for plant pests or other insects or noxious weeds of a
highly injurious nature that may be present in the state to
determine the necessity for establishing control practices. When
the commissioner determines that a new and dangerous plant pest
or other insect or noxious weed exists within the state or that
an established pest or weed requires control and the nature of
the pest or weed dictates immediate action, he shall proceed with
a plan of eradication or suppression.