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H.694

Introduced by Representatives Adams of Hartland and Komline of Dorset

Referred to Committee on

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Subject:  Planning; appropriate municipal panel

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to provide that the municipal development decisions by appropriate municipal panels under the planning and zoning chapter shall be made by a majority of those members voting, a quorum of the body being present.

AN ACT RELATING TO ALLOWING MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT REVIEW DECISIONS TO BE MADE BY MAJORITY VOTE, A QUORUM BEING PRESENT

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  24 V.S.A. § 4461(a) is amended to read:

(a)  Meetings.  An appropriate municipal panel shall elect its own officers and adopt rules of procedure, subject to this section and other applicable state statutes, and shall adopt rules of ethics with respect to conflicts of interest. Meetings of any appropriate municipal panel shall be held at the call of the chairperson and at such times as the panel may determine.  The officers of the panel may administer oaths and compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of material germane to any issue under review.  All meetings of the panel, except for deliberative and executive sessions, shall be open to the public.  The panel shall keep minutes of its proceedings, showing the vote of each member upon each question, or, if absent or failing to vote, indicating this, and shall keep records of its examinations and other official actions, all of which shall be filed immediately in the office of the clerk of the municipality as a public record.  For the conduct of any hearing and the taking of any action, a quorum shall be not less than a majority of the members of the panel, and any action of the panel shall be taken by the concurrence of a majority of the members of the panel voting.



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