Maine Revised Statutes

§10151. Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council

1. Appointment.  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 or the commissioner's designee is a nonvoting, ex officio member of the advisory council, but may vote to break a tie.
An employee of the department may not serve as a member of the advisory council prior to the expiration of one year from that employee's last day of employment with the department. A Legislator may not serve as a member of the advisory council. A former Legislator who was a member of the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over fisheries and wildlife matters may not serve as a member of the advisory council prior to the expiration of one year from that former Legislator's last day of membership on that committee.
[ 2013, c. 375, §1 (AMD) .]
2. 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); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF) .]
3. Expenses.  The members of the advisory council are entitled to compensation as provided in Title 5, chapter 379.
[ 2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF) .]
4. Duties.  The advisory council shall:
A. [2013, c. 375, §2 (RP).]
B. [2013, c. 375, §2 (RP).]
C. Hold regular meetings with the commissioner or the deputy commissioner to provide information and advice on enhancing fisheries and wildlife resource management in the State; [2013, c. 375, §2 (NEW).]
D. Form stakeholder groups with relevant areas of expertise to obtain information and make recommendations on enhancing fisheries and wildlife resource management in the State; [2013, c. 375, §2 (NEW).]
E. Convene stakeholder group meetings at least annually in areas of the State where deer populations need to be enhanced; [2013, c. 375, §2 (NEW).]
F. Attend public hearings on rules proposed by the commissioner and make recommendations based on public and stakeholder input regarding those rules; and [2013, c. 375, §2 (NEW).]
G. Provide and present a written annual summary of the advisory council's activities and accomplishments to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over inland fisheries and wildlife matters. [2013, c. 375, §2 (NEW).]
[ 2013, c. 375, §2 (RPR) .]
5. Meetings.  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); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF) .]
6. Officers.  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); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF) .]
7. Quorum.  A quorum is a majority of the current members of the advisory council.
[ 2013, c. 408, §6 (NEW) .]
8. Advisory council actions.  An affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the advisory council present at a meeting or polled is required for any action.
[ 2013, c. 408, §6 (NEW) .]
9. Attendance at meetings.  If a member of the advisory council is not present for 3 consecutive meetings, that member may be replaced.
[ 2013, c. 408, §6 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2003, c. 414, §A2 (NEW). 2003, c. 414, §D7 (AFF). 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF). 2011, c. 668, §2 (AMD). 2013, c. 375, §§1, 2 (AMD). 2013, c. 408, §6 (AMD).