STATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY ACT OF 1966 (EXCERPT)
Act 346 of 1966
125.1421 Michigan state housing development authority; creation; composition; appointment, qualifications, and terms of members; vacancy; expenses; certificate of appointment or reappointment; designated resident members; powers vested in members; quorum; actions of authority; findings of fact; meetings; chairperson and vice-chairperson; officers, agents, and employees; delegation of powers and duties; relationship to department of consumer and industry services; “section 8” defined.
(1) There is created a public body corporate and politic to be known as the “Michigan state housing development authority”. The authority shall consist of 3 heads of principal departments of the executive branch of the state government and 4 persons appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. Excluding the 3 heads of principal departments of the executive branch of state government and the designated resident member described in subsection (2), not more than 2 of the persons appointed shall be members of the same political party. Upon completion of each term, a person shall be appointed for a term of 4 years, except that a vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term. A member of the authority shall not receive compensation for services but is entitled to the necessary expenses, including traveling expenses, incurred in the discharge of the member's duties. Each member shall hold office until a successor has been appointed and has qualified. A certificate of appointment or reappointment of a member shall be filed with the authority and this certificate shall be conclusive evidence of the proper appointment of that member.
(2) If federal law requires designation of a resident member on the authority, the number of gubernatorially appointed members, in addition to the 3 heads of principal departments, increases from 4 to 5. One of the 5 gubernatorially appointed members shall be the designated resident member. The resident member shall meet both of the following requirements:
(a) The person is an individual directly assisted by a federal housing program administered through the authority. As used in this subdivision, “directly assisted” means residing in federally-supported public housing or receiving section 8 tenant-based assistance. Directly assisted does not include a state-financed housing assistance program, section 8 project-based assistance, or section 8 new construction assistance.
(b) The person is an eligible resident. As used in this subdivision, “eligible resident” means a person whose name appears on the lease of the assisted housing who is 18 years of age or older.
(3) A person who no longer meets either requirement of subsection (2)(a) or (b) is removed from the authority for cause upon the appointment of another person as the resident member position.
(4) The powers of the authority shall be vested in the members in office. A majority of the members of the authority constitutes a quorum for the purpose of conducting the authority's business, for exercising the authority's powers, and for other purposes, notwithstanding the existence of any vacancies. Action may be taken by the authority upon a vote of a majority of the members present, unless the bylaws of the authority require a larger number, except that to the extent required by federal law, the resident member shall only take part in, vote on, and exercise the powers of the authority concerning decisions related to the administration, operation, and management of federal public housing programs and section 8 tenant-based assistance programs. The resident member shall not take part in, vote on, or exercise the powers of the authority in a matter that uniquely applies to the resident member and is not generally applicable to all residents. In the absence of fraud, a determination of the authority with respect to findings of fact made by the authority acting within the scope of its powers is conclusive, except with respect to the approval of the municipal finance commission or its successor agency as required by law.
(5) Meetings of the members of the authority may be held anywhere in this state. The business that the authority may perform shall be conducted at a public meeting of the authority held in compliance with the open meetings act, 1976 PA 267, MCL 15.261 to 15.275. Public notice of the time, date, and place of the meeting shall be given in the manner required by the open meetings act, 1976 PA 267, MCL 15.261 to 15.275.
(6) The authority shall elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson. The authority shall employ an executive director, legal and technical experts, and other officers, agents, and employees, permanent and temporary, as the authority requires, and shall determine their qualifications, duties, and compensation. The authority may delegate to 1 or more agents or employees those powers or duties as the authority considers proper.
(7) The authority shall be within the department of consumer and industry services and shall exercise the authority's prescribed statutory powers, duties, and functions independently of the head of that department. However, the budgeting, procurement, and related functions of the authority shall be performed under the direction and supervision of the director of consumer and industry services.
(8) As used in this section, “section 8” means section 8 of the United States housing act of 1937, chapter 896, 88 Stat. 662, 42 U.S.C. 1437f.
History: 1966, Act 346, Eff. Mar. 10, 1967
Am. 1968, Act 343, Imd. Eff. July 19, 1968
Am. 1970, Act 129, Imd. Eff. July 29, 1970
Am. 1977, Act 161, Imd. Eff. Nov. 8, 1977
Am. 1979, Act 49, Imd. Eff. July 7, 1979
Am. 1981, Act 173, Imd. Eff. Dec. 10, 1981
Am. 1983, Act 49, Imd. Eff. May 16, 1983
Am. 2000, Act 257, Imd. Eff. June 29, 2000
Compiler's Notes: For transfer of powers and duties of Michigan state housing development authority from department of energy, labor, and economic growth to department of treasury, see E.R.O. No. 2010-2, compiled at MCL 124.194.
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