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Title 30: Public Service

Chapter 1: APPOINTMENT, GENERAL POWERS AND DUTIES

30 V.S.A. § 3. Public service board



§ 3. Public service board

(a) The public service board shall consist of a chairperson and two members. The chairperson and each member shall not be required to be admitted to the practice of law in this state.

(b) The chairperson shall be nominated, appointed and confirmed in the manner of a superior judge.

(c) Members of the board other than the chairperson shall be appointed in accordance with this subsection. Whenever a vacancy occurs, public announcement of the vacancy shall be made. The governor shall submit at least five names of potential nominees to the judicial nominating board for review. The judicial nominating board shall review the candidates in respect to judicial criteria and standards only and shall recommend to the governor those candidates the board considers qualified. The governor shall make the appointment from the list of qualified candidates. The appointment shall be subject to the consent of the senate.

(d) The term of each member shall be six years. Any appointment to fill a vacancy shall be for the unexpired portion of the term vacated. A member wishing to succeed himself or herself in office may seek reappointment under the terms of this section.

(e) Notwithstanding section 2004 of Title 3, or any other provision of law, members of the board may be removed only for cause. When a board member, who hears all or a substantial part of a case, retires from office before such case is completed, he or she shall remain a member of the board for the purpose of concluding and deciding such case, and signing the findings, orders, decrees and judgments therein. A retiring chairperson shall also remain a member for the purpose of certifying questions of law if appeal is taken. For such service he or she shall receive a reasonable compensation to be fixed by the remaining members of the board and necessary expenses while on official business.

(f) A case shall be deemed completed when the board enters a final order therein even though such order is appealed to the supreme court and the case remanded by that court to the board. Upon remand the board then in office may in its discretion consider relevant evidence including any part of the transcript of testimony in the proceedings prior to appeal.

(g) The chairperson shall have general charge of the offices and employees of the board. (Amended 1959, No. 329 (Adj. Sess.), § 39(b), (c), eff. March 1, 1961; 1979, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. Feb. 1, 1981; 1985, No. 108 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. March 25, 1986; 1993, No. 21, § 1, eff. May 12, 1993.)