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The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council, established by Title 5, section 12004-G, subsection 20 and referred to in this Part as the "advisory council," consists of 10 members representing the 16 counties of the State in the following manner: one member representing Androscoggin County, Kennebec County and Sagadahoc County; one member representing Aroostook County; one member representing Cumberland County; one member representing Franklin County and Oxford County; one member representing Hancock County; one member representing Knox County, Lincoln County and Waldo County; one member representing Penobscot County; one member representing Piscataquis County and Somerset County; one member representing Washington County; and one member representing York County. Members of the advisory council are appointed by the Governor, subject to review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over fisheries and wildlife matters and to confirmation by the Legislature. The commissioner is a nonvoting, ex officio member of the advisory council, but may vote to break a tie.
Length of terms
Appointments are for a term of 3 years and until successors are appointed and qualified. A person may not serve more than 2 consecutive 3-year terms. On the death, resignation or removal from office of any person appointed to the advisory council, the Governor shall appoint a member to serve for the unexpired term. [2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (new); c. 614, §9 (aff).]
The members of the advisory council are entitled to compensation as provided in Title 5, chapter 379. [2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (new); c. 614, §9 (aff).]
The advisory council shall perform the following duties.
All regular and special meetings of the advisory council must be public meetings and must be held in a public meeting place convenient for the public. Public comment must be accepted at regular and special meetings of the advisory council. Comments may be restricted to subjects before the advisory council at the meeting and consistent with any applicable requirements and limitations of the Maine Administrative Procedure Act. Public notice of all regular and special advisory council meetings must be published in a daily newspaper of general circulation in the geographic area where the meeting is scheduled at least 7 days and not more than 21 days prior to the meeting. That notice must include an agenda or statement of purpose of the meeting. That notice may be combined with any other notice of the meeting required by law. [2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (new); c. 614, §9 (aff).]
At the meeting held in May of each year, the advisory council may elect one member as chair and one member as vice-chair. [2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (new); c. 614, §9 (aff).]
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