HOUSE BILL NO. 4949

June 01, 2021, Introduced by Reps. Griffin and Farrington and referred to the Committee on Financial Services.

A bill to amend 1966 PA 346, entitled

"State housing development authority act of 1966,"

by amending section 21 (MCL 125.1421), as amended by 2000 PA 257.

the people of the state of michigan enact:

Sec. 21. (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 individuals 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 individuals appointed shall be members of the same political party. Upon completion of each term, a person an individual shall be appointed for a term of 4 years, except that a vacancy shall must 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 is appointed and has is qualified. A certificate of appointment or reappointment of a member shall must be filed with the authority and this certificate shall be is 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 must meet both of the following requirements:

(a) The person individual 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 individual is an eligible resident. As used in this subdivision, "eligible resident" means a person an individual whose name appears on the lease of the assisted housing and who is 18 years of age or older.

(3) A person An individual 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 individual as the resident member position.

(4) The powers of the authority shall be are 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 must 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, including any meeting that may be held electronically under section 3a of the open meetings act, 1976 PA 267, MCL 15.263a. Public notice of the time, date, and place of the meeting shall must 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 licensing and regulatory affairs 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 must be performed under the direction and supervision of the director of consumer and industry services.the department of licensing and regulatory affairs.

(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. USC 1437f.