§49-9-17. Public-private partnerships; funding.
(a) In furtherance of its mission, the clearinghouse council
is authorized to enter into contracts or joint venture agreements
with federal and state agencies; with nonprofit corporations
organized pursuant to the corporate laws of this state or other
jurisdictions that are qualified under section 501(c)(3) of the
Internal Revenue Code; and with other organizations that conduct
research, make grants, improve educational programs and work for
the prevention of missing or exploited children and to locate
missing children. All contracts and joint venture agreements must
be approved by a majority vote of the council. The council may
also enter into such contractual agreements for consideration or
recompense to it even though such entities are funded from sources
other than the state. Members of the council are not prohibited
from sitting on the boards of directors of any contracting private
nonprofit corporation, foundation or firm: Provided, That members
of the council shall not be exempt from any of the provisions of
chapter six-b of this code.
(b) The council shall solicit and is authorized to receive and
accept gifts or grants from private foundations, corporations,
individuals, devises and bequests or from other lawful sources.
Such funds shall be paid into a special account in the state
treasury for the use and benefit of the council.