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Subchapter 002 : Establishment and Organization(Cite as: 10 V.S.A. § 311)
§ 311. Establishment and Organization
(a) There is created and established a body politic and corporate to be known as the “Vermont Housing and Conservation Board” to carry out the provisions of this chapter. The Board is constituted a public instrumentality exercising public and essential governmental functions, and the exercise by the Board of the powers conferred by this chapter shall be deemed and held to be the performance of an essential governmental function of the State. The Board is exempt from licensure under 8 V.S.A. chapter 73.
(b) The Board shall consist of the following 11 members:
(1) The Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets or designee.
(2) The Secretary of Human Services or designee.
(3) The Secretary of Natural Resources or designee.
(4) The Executive Director of the Vermont Housing Finance Agency or designee.
(5) Three public members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, who shall be residents of the State and who shall be experienced in creating affordable housing or conserving and protecting Vermont’s agricultural land and forestland, historic properties, important natural areas, or recreational lands, one of whom shall be a representative of lower income Vermonters and one of whom shall be a farmer as defined in 32 V.S.A. § 3752(7).
(6) One public member appointed by the Speaker of the House, who shall not be a member of the General Assembly at the time of appointment.
(7) One public member appointed by the Senate Committee on Committees, who shall not be a member of the General Assembly at the time of appointment.
(8) Two public members appointed jointly by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate as follows:
(A) One member from the nonprofit affordable housing organizations that qualify as eligible applicants under subdivision 303(4) of this title who shall not be an employee or board member of any of those organizations at the time of appointment.
(B) One member from the nonprofit conservation organizations whose activities are eligible under subdivision 303(3) of this title who shall not be an employee or member of the board of any of those organizations at the time of appointment.
(c) The public members shall serve terms of three years beginning February 1 of the year of appointment. However, two of the public members first appointed by the Governor shall serve initial terms of one year; and the public members first appointed by the Speaker and Committee on Committees shall serve initial terms of two years. A vacancy occurring among the public members shall be filled by the respective appointing authority for the balance of the unexpired term. A member may be reappointed.
(d) Annually, the Board shall elect from among its public members a chair and vice chair. The Board may elect officers as it may determine. Meetings shall be held at the call of the Chair or at the request of three members. A majority of the sitting members shall constitute a quorum and action taken by the Board under the provisions of this chapter may be authorized by a majority of the members present and voting at any regular or special meeting.
(e) Members other than ex officio members shall be entitled to per diem authorized under 32 V.S.A. § 1010 for each day spent in the performance of their duties and each member shall be reimbursed from the Fund for his or her reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out his or her duties under this chapter.
(f) The Board shall employ the Executive Director to administer, manage and direct the affairs and business of the Board, subject to the policies, control, and direction of the members. The Board may employ technical experts and other officers, agents, and employees as are necessary to effect the purposes of this chapter, and may fix their qualifications, duties, and compensation. The Board shall use the Office of the Attorney General for legal services. (Added 1987, No. 88, § 1, eff. June 11, 1987; amended 1987, No. 203 (Adj. Sess.), § 18, eff. May 27, 1988; 1995, No. 190 (Adj. Sess.), § 1(b); 2003, No. 42, § 2, eff. May 27, 2003; 2009, No. 1 (Sp. Sess.), § E.813; 2009, No. 156 (Adj. Sess.), §§ E.810.1, E.810.2; 2011, No. 142 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. May 15, 2012.)