An Act Relating to the Governance of the Maine State Housing Authority
Sec. 1. 30-A MRSA §4723, as amended by PL 2007, c. 101, §1, is further amended to read:
§ 4723. Appointment, qualifications, tenure and meetings of commissioners and directors
Any person who resides within the authority's boundaries or area, and who is otherwise eligible for appointment under this chapter, may be appointed as a commissioner of the authority. This section does not prevent a commissioner from concurrently serving as a commissioner on a renewal authority established by any city with a population of 20,000 or more.
The commissioners who are initially appointed under this section serve for terms of one, 2, 3, 4 and 5 years, respectively, from the date of their appointment. Thereafter, the commissioners are appointed for terms of 5 years, except that all vacancies must be filled for the unexpired terms. All subsequent appointments and appointments to fill a vacancy must be made as provided in this subsection.
(1) In a municipality with housing that is subsidized or assisted by programs of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, at least 2 of the commissioners must be residents of that housing. When tenant associations exist in the housing, the appointing authority shall give priority consideration to nominations made by the associations. The first commissioner appointed to an authority, who is a resident of subsidized or assisted housing, serves for a 4-year term from the date of appointment. Thereafter, the commissioner must be appointed as provided in this subsection.
(2) A certificate of the appointment or reappointment of any commissioner must be filed with the authority. This certificate is conclusive evidence of the due and proper appointment of the commissioner.
The Governor shall appoint the chair of the commissioners from among the 8 gubernatorial appointments. The chair serves as a nonvoting member, except that the chair may vote only to break a tie when the chair's vote will affect the result. The commissioners shall elect a vice-chair of the commissioners from among their number. The commissioners of the Maine State Housing Authority shall establish and revise from time to time policies of the Maine State Housing Authority relating to the following particular matters:
(1) Standards of issuing, servicing and redeeming bonds;
(2) Purchase, sale or commitment to purchase mortgages or notes;
(3) Initiating project construction and accepting properly completed facilities;
(4) Setting and establishing selection and evaluation standards, criteria and procedures under which it will purchase, sell or agree to purchase loans, notes or obligations, having regard among other things to:
(a) Property values;
(b) Local economic conditions and expectancy;
(c) Credit and employment; and
(d) Local housing conditions and needs and the availability of credit resources to meet those needs relative to similar or competing conditions and needs in other localities in the State;
(5) Setting and establishing procedures for the servicing of loans, notes and obligations acquired by it, including the allowance of servicing fees to participating lenders to whom the Maine State Housing Authority may entrust such servicing;
(6) Setting and establishing procedures for the collection of money due from persons liable for payment, as to any loan, note or obligation held by the Maine State Housing Authority, by subrogation or otherwise, and to initiate and maintain any action at law or in equity, including foreclosure proceedings, to enforce payment;
(7) Setting and establishing procedures for the orderly liquidation and disposition of any property acquired by the Maine State Housing Authority through foreclosure or otherwise in full or partial satisfaction of any debt or obligation held by it; and
(8) Establishing and maintaining out of income or otherwise any reserves that the Maine State Housing Authority from time to time determines to be necessary and prudent in addition to those specifically required.
Following reasonable notice to each commissioner, 5 commissioners of the Maine State Housing Authority constitute a quorum for the purpose of conducting its business, exercising its powers and for all other purposes, notwithstanding the existence of any vacancies. Action may be taken by the commissioners upon a vote of a majority of the commissioners present, unless otherwise specified in law or required by its bylaws require a larger number.
(1) The director is the chief administrative officer of the Maine State Housing Authority shall serve on a full-time basis for a 4-year term of office, and until a successor has been appointed and qualified. The Governor commissioners shall establish the rate and amount of compensation of the director. The commissioners are responsible for the performance review and termination of the director. Any decision to terminate the director must be made by an affirmative vote of at least 5 commissioners.
(2) The powers and duties of the Maine State Housing Authority, except those listed in paragraph B, are vested solely in the director of the Maine State Housing Authority. The director of the Maine State Housing Authority or a representative shall attend all meetings of the advisory board or of the commissioners.
(3) The director of the Maine State Housing Authority shall supervise the administrative affairs and technical activities of the Maine State Housing Authority in accordance with the rules and policies established by the commissioners. The director of the Maine State Housing Authority may act in all personnel matters and may employ technical or legal experts and any other officers, agents and employees that the director requires, and shall determine their qualifications, duties and compensation. The director may delegate to the employees and agents any powers and duties that the director considers proper.
(1) Each commissioner, except for the director and the Treasurer of State, serves a 4-year term beginning with the expiration of the term of that person's predecessor, except that a vacancy occurring in a position before the normal expiration of the appointment must be filled as soon as practicable by a new gubernatorial appointee who serves for the remainder of the unexpired term. Each commissioner continues to hold office after the term expires until a successor is appointed. In any instance in which more than one commissioner is serving beyond the original term, any new appointee is deemed to succeed the commissioner whose term expired first.
(2) The Secretary of State shall prepare a certificate evidencing the appointment of each commissioner. An original of this certificate must be provided to the appointee. One authenticated copy must be retained by the Maine State Housing Authority and one by the Secretary of State. An authenticated certificate of appointment is conclusive evidence of the appointment.
Sec. 2. 30-A MRSA §4725, as enacted by PL 1987, c. 737, Pt. A, §2 and Pt. C, §106 and amended by PL 1989, c. 6; c. 9, §2; and c. 104, Pt. C, §§8 and 10, is further amended to read:
§ 4725. Removal of commissioners
A commissioner or director may be removed from office for inefficiency, neglect of duty or misconduct in office after hearing by the legislative body of a city, the selectmen of a town, or the Governor, in the case of the Maine State Housing Authority , the Governor. The commissioner or director must be given a copy of the charges at least 10 days before the hearing and must be given an opportunity to be heard in person or to be represented by counsel. If a commissioner or a director is removed, a record of the proceedings, together with the charges and the findings on the charges, shall must be filed in the office of the clerk or, in the case of the Maine State Housing Authority, in the office of the Secretary of State. This section does not apply to the director of the Maine State Housing Authority, who may be removed by the commissioners pursuant to section 4723, subsection 2, paragraph C.
Sec. 3. Staggered terms. Notwithstanding the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A, section 4723, subsection 2, paragraph D, of the 3 commissioners serving on the Maine State Housing Authority whose terms are scheduled to expire on September 30, 2015, the term of one of those commissioners, determined by the Governor, expires on September 30, 2016, the term of another of these commissioners, determined by the Governor, expires on September 30, 2017 and the term of the 3rd commissioner, determined by the Governor, expires on September 30, 2018.