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Maine Aeronautical Advisory Board
Bylaws - Revised 10-22-2012
ARTICLE I Name and Origin
- The name of this organization is the Maine Aeronautical Advisory Board and
shall be referred to herein as the MAAB, or the Board.
- The Maine Aeronautical Advisory Board is an advisory board within the Maine
Department of Transportation, authorized and established pursuant to 6 M.R.S.A.
sect. 302 and 5 M.S.R.A. sect. 12004-1 (81).
ARTICLE II Duties and Purpose
- The statutory duties of the Board are to advise the Maine Department of
Transportation on matters relating to aeronautics and recommendations for
change to the aeronautical laws and comments upon the present and future needs
of that service.
ARTICLE III Membership
- The membership of the board consists of at least seven (7) members; one person
from an airport association in the State appointed by the association’s board of
directors; one person from a pilot’s association in the State appointed by the
association’s board of directors; and the remaining members appointed by the
Commissioner of Transportation.
- All members shall serve a term of two years. Vacancies in membership must be
filled in the same manner as the original appointment. The Commissioner of
Transportation, or his or her designee, shall serve as secretary of the board.
ARTICLE IV Meetings and Voting
- The board shall meet at the call of the chair, or at the call of at least three (3)
members of the board, and there must be at least one meeting held a year.
- The date, time, and place of the regular annual meeting shall be set by the Chair in
conjunction with the Secretary, with the advice and consent of the Board. The
last meeting of each calendar year will be designated as the annual meeting. All
members physically in attendance at meetings are eligible to vote on any matter
brought before the Board. A quorum for the conduct of business shall consist of
either a simple majority or one-half of the total number of board members at that
time. In the absence of a quorum, no formal action shall be taken except to
adjourn the meeting to a subsequent date.
- As a best-practice goal, MAAB will try to meet quarterly, the date, time and place
of the meetings to be scheduled in conjunction with Department of Transportation
- Special meetings may be called by the Chair or at the call of at least three (3)
- The latest edition of The Modern Rules of Order: A Guide for Conducting
Business Meetings shall govern the deliberations of the Board in all cases where
they do not conflict with these bylaws.
- All meetings of the Board are public proceedings as defined in Maine’s Freedom
of Access Act, 1 M.R.S.A. sect. §401 et seq. (hereinafter, the “FOAA”) Meetings
shall be open to the public, publicized in a manner reasonably calculated to afford
the public an opportunity to attend, and conducted in accordance with the FOAA.
Meetings shall be held in a location that is handicapped-accessible.
ARTICLE V Officers
- The officers shall be Chair, Vice Chair, and Executive Chair who shall be
members of the Board. The Chair shall be nominated and elected by a simple
majority of Board members at the Annual Meeting, normally held in October. The
terms of office shall be one year, beginning in October of the year the election
- The duties of the Chair shall be to preside at the meetings of the MAAB; to
schedule, make arrangements for, and prepare the agenda for the meetings in
conjunction with Department of Transportation staff; and to appoint
subcommittees as needed to conduct business of the Board.
- The Vice Chair shall perform such duties as may be prescribed by the Chair or
Board and in the absence of the Chair exercise all power and duties of the Chair.
- The Executive Chair is filled by the immediate past Chair of the MAAB. The
Executive Chair shall advise the Chair on all matters pending before the MAAB.
The establishment of this position is intended to help ensure a smooth transition
between the leadership and to provide a wider breadth of Board history. This
position is voluntary and in the event the immediate past Chair declines to serve
as Executive Chair, the position will remain unfilled. In the event the present
Chairman is re-elected, a second election shall be conducted to select an
Executive Chair who can bring another perspective to the Board discussions.
- Resignation from the Board must be in writing and submitted to the Secretary.
Vacancies in membership must be filled in the same manner as the original
appointment, as set by statute at 6 M.R.S.A. sect. 302 (2). A Board member may
be asked to resign from the Board for excess absences of three (3) or more
ARTICLE VI Amendments
- These by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds majority of members present at
an Annual Meeting. Final adoption is subject to Department of Transportation
legal review and Commissioner approval.
These By-Laws were approved at a meeting of the Advisory Board on
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