Chapter 344

Chapter 344

2003 -- H 6587

Enacted 07/17/03

 

 

AN ACT

RELATING TO SPECIAL DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS -- EAST PROVIDENCE

          

     Introduced By: Representatives Dennigan, Rose, Savage, and Moura

     Date Introduced: June 30, 2003

 

 

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

 

      SECTION 1. There is hereby created an East Providence Waterfront District.

     

     Section 1. Findings. The General Assembly finds and declares that:

      (a) Realizing the enormous potential of the East Providence Waterfront requires a

cooperative effort between the City, the State, and private sector leadership because all three (3)

interests are involved and intertwined.

     (b) The East Providence Waterfront initiative is large and complex, includes brownfield

areas, and requires substantial investments of time, energy, and resources that are beyond the

capacity of the City to provide alone without significantly siphoning effort away from other parts

of the City.

     (c) The East Providence Waterfront development project will include a substantial diversity

of uses, thus its implementation will require a wider range of authorities, powers, and expertises

than are present in any current governmental agency with jurisdiction in the project area.

     (d) The East Providence Waterfront development will take place over a substantial period of

time, and consequently it is vital to the project that the administration of the project have

continuity and consistency.

     (e) The East Providence Waterfront development initiative is very high visibility and high

value and will affect the well-being of the people of the City and the metropolitan area for

generations, thus diverse, high quality development is critically important.

      Section 2. Purposes. The purposes of this act are (a) to create a State-local-private

sector partnership to plan, implement, administer, and oversee the development of the East

Providence Waterfront District and (b) to authorize, provide for, and facilitate the consolidated

exercise of development and redevelopment powers existing at the State and local levels.

     Section 3. East Providence Waterfront District Created. The East Providence

Waterfront District is hereby constituted an independent public instrumentality and body

corporate and politic for the purposes set forth in this chapter with a separate legal existence from

the City and from the State and the exercise by the District of the powers conferred by this

chapter shall be deemed and held to be the performance of an essential public function. The

boundaries of the district shall be established by ordinance of the City Council and may be

amended with the approval of the District by ordinance of the City Council. The East Providence

Waterfront District shall oversee, plan, implement, and administer the development of the areas

within the District. It is the intent of the General Assembly by the passage of this chapter to vest

in the District all powers, authority, rights, privileges, and titles which may be necessary to enable

it to accomplish the purposes herein set forth, and this chapter and the powers granted hereby

shall be liberally construed in conformity with those purposes.

     Section 4. Planning. The District shall function and conduct its business and activities

in a manner consistent with plans approved for the district by the City and the Commission, and,

as appropriate or necessary, by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. Such

plans may be prepared without limitation by the District in order to achieve the purposes of this

chapter, and shall be subject to such State and local approvals as are expressly provided for in this

chapter. The district shall conform with the comprehensive plan and land development

regulations of the City. The approved plan for the district shall be considered, in whole or part as

appropriate, for adoption as an element of the state guide plan by the State Planning Council and

for incorporation into a special area management plan, which includes the district, by the Coastal

Resources Management Council.

      Section 5. District governance -- Commission. The powers of the District shall be

exercised by a commission as herein provided.

     (a) Membership of the Commission. There shall be a commission of nineteen (19)

members as follows: five (5) members shall be appointed by the City Council, the terms shall be

four (4) years, with the initial appointments being two (2) for two (2) year terms, two for three (3)

year terms, one (1) for a four (4) year term, who shall be either electors or property owners of the

City or persons engaged in business in the City; five (5) members appointed by the Governor,

with the advice and consent of the Senate, the terms shall be four (4) years, with the one (1) for a

four (4) year term, who shall have expertise in the following areas: architecture, planning, labor,

finance, and commercial real estate development; the Mayor, with the approval of the City

Council, and the Governor shall jointly appoint a member who shall be the chairperson, subject to

the advice and consent of the Senate, who shall have a four (4) year term; in addition to these

voting members, there shall be eight (8) ex officio, non-voting members as follows: the City

Manager, the City Planning Director, the Public Works Director, the Executive Director of the RI

Economic Development Corp, the Director of the Department of Transportation, the Director of

the Department of Environmental Management or an associate director designated by the

director, a member of the Senate appointed by the Senate President, and a member of the House

appointed by the Speaker. In the event of a vacancy occurring in the office of a member by

death, resignation, or otherwise, that vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as an original

appointment, but only for the remainder of the term of the former member. Each member of the

Commission may serve until a successor is appointed and qualified.

     (b) The commissioners shall receive no compensation for the performance of their duties

under this chapter, but each commissioner shall be reimbursed for his or her reasonable expenses

incurred in carrying out those duties. A commissioner may engage in private employment, or in a

profession or business.

     (c) The chairperson shall designate a vice chairperson who shall serve at the pleasure of

the chairperson. Seven (7) voting commissioners shall constitute a quorum, and any action to be

taken by the District under the provisions of this chapter may be authorized by resolution

approved by a majority of the commissioners present and entitled to vote at any regular or special

meeting at which a quorum is present. A vacancy in the membership of the Commission shall not

impair the right of a quorum to exercise all of the rights and perform all of the duties of the

commission.

     (d) The Commission shall appoint a secretary and such additional officers and staff

members as they shall deem appropriate and shall determine the amount of reasonable

compensation, if any, each shall receive. The Commission may vest in an executive director or

the director's subordinates the authority to appoint additional staff members and to determine the

amount of compensation each individual shall receive.

     (e) No full-time employee shall during the period of his or her employment by the

District engage in any other private employment, profession, or business, except with the

approval of the board of directors.

     (f) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, it shall not be or constitute a conflict

of interest for a director, officer, or employee of any financial institution, investment banking

firm, brokerage firm, commercial bank, trust company, building-loan association, architecture

firm, insurance company, or any other firm, person, or corporation to serve as a commissioner,

nor shall any contract or transaction between the District and a financial institution, investment

banking firm, brokerage firm, commercial bank, trust company, building-loan association,

architecture firm, insurance company, or other firm, person, or corporation be void or voidable by

reason of that service as director of the District . If any commissioner, officer, or employee of the

District shall be interested either directly or indirectly, or shall be a director, officer, or employee

of or have an ownership interest (other than as the owner of less than one percent (1%) of the

shares of a publicly-held corporation) in any firm or corporation interested directly or indirectly

in any contract with the Commission, that interest shall be disclosed to the Commission and set

forth in the minutes of the Commission, and the Commissioner, officer, or employee having that

ownership interest shall not participate on behalf of the Commission in the authorization of that

contract. Interested commissioners may be counted in determining the presence of a quorum at a

meeting of the Commission which authorizes the contract or transaction.

     (g) Any action taken by the Commission under the provisions of this chapter may be

authorized by vote at any regular or special meeting, and each vote shall take effect immediately.

All meetings shall be open to the public and all records shall be a matter of public record except

that if a majority of the Commission decides, consistent with the requirements of the open

meetings law, that it would be in the best interests of the District and the City and/or the State to

hold an executive session in private, then the Commission is authorized to transact any business

as allowable under law at that executive session in private, and the record of the executive session

shall not become a matter of public record until the transaction discussed has in the opinion of the

Commission been completed.

     (h) Employees of the District shall not, by reason of their employment, be deemed to be

employees of the State or the City for any purpose, any other provision of the general laws,

charter, or ordinance to the contrary notwithstanding.

     Section 6. Powers of the Commission. The Commission shall have all the rights and

powers necessary or convenient to carry out and effectuate this chapter, including, but not limited

to, the rights and powers:

     (1) To sue and be sued, complain and defend, in its corporate name.

     (2) To have a seal which may be altered at pleasure and to use the seal by causing it, or a

facsimile of the seal, to be impressed or affixed, or in any other manner reproduced.

     (3) To purchase, take, receive, lease, or otherwise acquire, own, hold, improve, use, and

otherwise deal in and with, real or personal property, or any interest in real or personal property,

wherever situated.

     (4) To sell, convey, mortgage, pledge, lease, exchange, transfer, and otherwise dispose of

all or any part of its property and assets for any consideration and upon any terms and conditions

as the Commission shall determine.

     (5) To make contracts and guarantees and incur liabilities, borrow money at any rates of

interest as the Commission may determine.

     (6) To make and execute agreements of lease, conditional sales contracts, installment

sales contracts, loan agreements, mortgages, construction contracts, operation contracts, and other

contracts and instruments necessary or convenient in the exercise of the powers and functions of

the Commission granted by this chapter.

     (7) To lend money for its purposes, invest and reinvest its funds, and at its option to take

and hold real and personal property as security for the payment of funds so loaned or invested.

     (8) To acquire or contract to acquire, from any person, firm, corporation, municipality,

the federal government, or the State, or any agency of either the federal government or the State,

by grant, purchase, lease, gift, condemnation, or otherwise, or to obtain options for the acquisition

of any property, real or personal, improved or unimproved, and interests in land less than the fee

thereof; and to own, hold, clear, improve, develop, and rehabilitate, and to sell, assign, exchange,

transfer, convey, lease, mortgage, or otherwise dispose or encumber that property for the

purposes of carrying out the provisions and intent of this chapter, for any consideration as the

Commission shall determine, and with the approval of the city council and the Rhode Island

Economic Development Corporation to retain a master developer for all or any portion of a

project.

     (9) To conduct its activities, carry on its operations, and have offices and exercise the

powers granted by this chapter, within or outside of the state.

     (10) To elect or appoint officers and agents of the District, and define their duties and fix

their compensation.

     (11) To make and alter by-laws, not inconsistent with this chapter, for the administration

and regulation of the affairs of the District, and those by-laws may contain provisions

indemnifying any person who is or was a commissioner, officer, employee, or agent of the

District.

     (12) To be a promoter, partner, member, associate, or manager of any partnership,

enterprise, or venture within the district and to engage in promotional, marketing, and similar

activities for the benefit of the district.

     (13) To enter into contracts, agreements, and cooperative agreements with the City and

its agencies and instrumentalities and the State and its agencies and instrumentalities for the

sharing of personnel and other resources.

     (14) To have and exercise all powers necessary or convenient to effect its purposes;

provided, however, that the District shall not have any power to create, empower or otherwise

establish any corporation, subsidiary corporation, corporate body, any form of partnership, or any

other separate entity without the express approval and authorization of the City Council and the

General Assembly.

      Section 7. Additional general powers. In addition to the powers of the District

otherwise provided herein, the District shall have the powers set forth below and shall be subject

to the limitations herein set forth. Except as may be expressly limited by action of the District at

a regular or special meeting, the Commission shall have the powers necessary to put into effect

the powers of the District as set forth below and as herein limited.

      (a) The District is authorized and empowered to fix, revise, charge, collect, and abate

fees, rates, rents, assessments, delinquency charges, and other charges for its services, and other

services, facilities, and commodities furnished or supplied by it including penalties for violations

of such regulations as the District may from time to time promulgate under this chapter. Fees,

rates, rents, assessments, delinquency charges, and other charges of general application shall be

adopted and revised by the District in accordance with procedures to be established by the

District for assuring that interested persons are afforded notice and an opportunity to present data,

views, and arguments. The District shall hold at least one public hearing on its schedule of fees,

rates, and charges or any revision thereof prior to adoption, notice of which shall be published in

a newspaper of substantial circulation in the district at least fifteen (15) days in advance of the

hearing, and notice of the hearing shall be provided to the City Council. No later than the date of

such publication the District shall make available to the public the proposed schedule of fees,

rates, and charges. Fees, rates, rents, assessments, abatements, and other charges established by

the District shall not be subject to supervision or regulation by any department, division, district,

board, bureau, or agency of the State or any of its political subdivisions. In order to provide for

the collection and enforcement of its fees, rates, rents, assessments, and other charges, the District

is hereby granted all the powers and privileges with respect to such collection and enforcement

held by the City of liens for unpaid taxes.

     (b) In order provide for the consolidated and coordinated, efficient and effective exercise

of public development powers affecting or benefiting the East Providence Waterfront, the District

shall have the powers of:

     (1) A Special Development District as provided for in chapter 45-24.4, with the approval

of the City Council.

     (2) A Redevelopment Agency as provided for in chapters 45-31, 45-31.1, 45-31.2, 45-32,

and 45-33 with the approval of the City Council, within areas of the district which are part of an

enterprise zone as provide for in chapter 42-64.3. Within the district, the term "blighted area and

substandard area" shall be deemed to include areas where the presence of hazardous materials, as

defined in section 23-19.14-2, impairs the use, reuse, or redevelopment of impacted sites.

     (3) A Municipal Public Buildings Authority as provided for in chapter 45-50, with the

approval of the City Council.

     (4) A subsidiary of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, with the

approval of the Economic Development Corporation, and the enactment of this chapter shall

constitute the approval of the General Assembly as required by section 42-64-7.1.

     (c) For the benefit of the district, the District shall have the power to enter into

agreements with the City of East Providence for (1) the exercise of powers for tax increment

financing as provided for in chapter 45-33.2, (2) the imposition of impact fees as provided for in

chapter 45-22.4 in order to provide infrastructure capacity to or make physical improvements

within the district, or (3) approval within the district of a District Management Authority as

provided for in chapter 45-59, for purposes of undertaking activities consistent with an approved

plan or plans for the district.

     Section 8. Electors and elections. (a) Electors. The electors of the district shall include

electors of the City and/or owners of real property of the city and/or district ratepayers.

     (b) Elections. In the event that exercise of any powers of the District requires approval

by vote within the district, the District shall have the power to organize and conduct such election

in a manner consistent with requirements of law and in conjunction with the City, as necessary or

appropriate.

     Section 9. Records; Reports; Inspection. The District shall at all times keep full and

accurate accounts of its receipts, expenditures, disbursements, assets, and liabilities, which shall

be open to inspection by any officer or duly appointed agent of the State or the City. The District

shall report annually on a) its finances and b) on the activities undertaken, the progress made in

meeting goals and objectives set forth in its plans, and its proposed activities for the next year.

Copies of these reports shall be submitted to the Governor, the Speaker of the House, the

President of the Senate, the Mayor as president of the City Council, and the City Manager. The

District shall conform with the open meetings law, 42-46, and the open records law, chapter 38-2,

in the same manner as required of the City, and, the Commission and the employees of the

District shall be subject to the Code of Ethics set forth in chapter 36-14.

      Section 10. Termination or dissolution of district. Upon termination or dissolution

of the District, the title to all funds and other properties owned by it which remain after payment

of all bonds and notes and other obligations and liabilities of the District shall vest in the City.

      Section 11. Inconsistent laws or ordinances inoperative. Except as otherwise

provided herein, any provisions of any special law and part of any special law and all ordinances

and parts of ordinances pertaining to development within the district which are inconsistent with

the provisions of this chapter shall be inoperative and cease to be effective. The provisions of this

chapter shall be deemed to provide an exclusive, additional, alternative, and complete method for

the doing of the things authorized hereby and shall be deemed and construed to be supplemental

and additional to, and not in derogation of, powers conferred upon the District by law and on the

city by its charter; provided, however, that insofar as the express provisions of this chapter are

inconsistent with the provisions of any general or special law, administrative order or regulation,

or ordinance of the City, the provisions of this chapter shall be controlling.

      Section 12. Pledge not to alter rights of district. The State does hereby pledge to

and agree with the holders of the bonds, notes, and other evidences of indebtedness of the District

that the State and the City will not limit or alter rights hereby vested in the District, which affect

the capacity or ability of the District to meet its obligations regarding bonds, notes or other forms

of indebtedness, until the bonds, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness, together with interest

thereon, with interest on any unpaid installment of interest and all costs and expenses in

connection with any actions or proceedings by or on behalf of the bondholders and noteholders,

are fully met and discharged.

      SECTION 2. Section 42-64-7.1 of the general laws in chapter 42-64 entitled "Rhode

Island Economic Development Corporation" is hereby amended to read as follows:

      42-64-7.1. Subsidiaries. -- (a) (1) The parent corporation shall have the right to exercise

and perform its powers and functions, or any of them, through one or more subsidiary

corporations whose creation shall be approved and authorized by the general assembly.

      (2) Express approval and authorization of the general assembly shall be deemed to have

been given for all legal purposes on July 1, 1995 for the creation and lawful management of a

subsidiary corporation created for the management of the Quonset Point/Davisville Industrial

Park, that subsidiary corporation being managed by a board of directors, the members of which

shall be constituted as follows: (i) two (2) members who shall be appointed by the town council

of the town of North Kingstown; (ii) two (2) members who shall be residents of the town of North

Kingstown appointed by the governor; (iii) four (4) members who shall be appointed by the

governor; (iv) the chairperson, who shall be the executive director of the economic development

corporation; and (v) non-voting members, who shall be the members of the general assembly

whose districts are comprised in any part by areas located within the town of North Kingstown.

Upon receipt of approval and authorization from the general assembly, the parent corporation by

resolution of the board of directors may direct any of its directors, officers, or employees to create

subsidiary corporations pursuant to chapter 1.1 or 6 of title 7 or in the manner described in

subsection (b); provided, that the parent corporation shall not have any power or authority to

create, empower or otherwise establish any corporation, subsidiary corporation, corporate body or

any form of partnership or any other separate entity, without the express approval and

authorization of the general assembly.

      (b) As used in this section, 'subsidiary public corporation' means a corporation created

pursuant to the provisions of this section. The person or persons directed by the resolution

referred to in subsection (a) shall prepare articles of incorporation setting forth: (1) the name of

the subsidiary public corporation; (2) the period of duration, which may be perpetual; (3) the

purpose or purposes for which the subsidiary public corporation is organized which shall not be

more extensive than the purposes of the corporation set forth in 42-64-5; (4) the number of

directors (which may, but need not be, more than one) constituting the initial board of directors

and their names and business or residence addresses; (5) the name and business or residence

address of the person preparing the articles of incorporation; (6) the date when corporate

existence shall begin (which shall not be earlier than the filing of the articles of incorporation

with the secretary of state as provided in this subsection); (7) any provision, not inconsistent with

law, which the board of directors elect to set forth in the articles of incorporation for the

regulation of the internal affairs of the subsidiary public corporation; and (8) a reference to the

form of authorization and approval by the general assembly and to the resolution of the board of

directors authorizing the preparation of the articles of incorporation. Duplicate originals of the

articles of incorporation shall be delivered to the secretary of state. If the secretary of state finds

that the articles of incorporation conform to the provisions of this subsection, the secretary shall

endorse on each of the duplicate originals the word 'Filed,' and the month, day and year of the

filing; file one of the duplicate originals in his or her office; and a certificate of incorporation to

which the secretary shall affix the other duplicate original. No filing fees shall be payable upon

the filing of articles of incorporation. Upon the issuance of the certificate of incorporation or upon

a later date specified in the articles of incorporation, the corporate existence shall begin and the

certificate of incorporation shall be conclusive evidence that all conditions precedent required to

be performed have been complied with and that the subsidiary public corporation has been duly

and validly incorporated under the provisions hereof. The parent corporation may transfer to any

subsidiary public corporation any moneys, real, personal, or mixed property or any project in

order to carry out the purposes of this chapter. Each subsidiary public corporation shall have all

the powers, privileges, rights, immunities, tax exemptions, and other exemptions of the parent

corporation except to the extent that the articles of incorporation of the subsidiary public

corporation shall contain an express limitation and except that the subsidiary public corporation

shall not have the condemnation power contained in 42-64-9, nor shall it have the powers

contained in, or otherwise be subject to, the provisions of 42-64-12 and 42-64-13(a), nor shall

it have the power to create, empower or otherwise establish any corporation, subsidiary

corporation, corporate body, any form of partnership, or any other separate entity, without the

express approval and authorization of the general assembly.

      (c) Any subsidiary corporation shall not be subject to the provisions of 42-64-8(a), (c),

and (d), except as otherwise provided in the articles of incorporation of the subsidiary

corporation.

      (d) The corporation, as the parent corporation of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation,

shall not be liable for the debts or obligations or for any actions or inactions of the Rhode Island

Airport Corporation, unless the corporation expressly agrees otherwise in writing.

      (e) The East Providence Waterfront District shall, with the approval of its commission

and the board of directors of the corporation, be a subsidiary of the corporation for the purposes

of exercising such powers of the corporation as the board of directors shall determine, and

notwithstanding the requirements of paragraph (b) above, the act creating the District shall be

deemed fully satisfactory for the purposes of this section regarding the establishment of

subsidiary public corporations, and the express approval and authorization of the general

assembly shall be deemed to have been given for all legal purposes for the creation and lawful

management of a subsidiary corporation created for the purposes of implementing the purposes

of the District.

      SECTION 3. Section 45-24.4-4 of the general laws in chapter 45-24.4 entitled "Special

Development Districts" is hereby amended to read as follows:

      45-24.4-4. Special development districts authorized. -- For the purposes stated in 45-

24.4-1, the city council of any city has the authority to establish, designate, lay out, and define, as

special development districts, areas that are or may be or have been the subject of or substantially

affected by combined federal, state, local, and private action in connection with railroad

relocation projects and/or railroad abandonment actions, in the same manner as cities are

presently empowered to establish, designate, lay out, and define zoning districts.

      SECTION 4. Section 45-31-9 of the general laws in chapter 45-31 entitled

"Redevelopment Agencies" is hereby amended to read as follows:

      45-31-9. Agencies created. -- (a) There is created in each community a redevelopment

agency to be known as the redevelopment agency of the community.

      (b) Redevelopment agencies may also be created by public law for the purposes of

exercising the powers set forth in chapters 31-33 of this title, provided an ordinance of the

legislative body of the community authorizes the exercise of the provisions of the public law for

the purposes of these chapters. The provisions of sections 45-31-12, 45-31-13, 45-31-14, 45-31-

15, and 45-31-21 that are inconsistent with such a public law shall be deemed to be superceded by

the public law and not applicable to the redevelopment agency thereby created, upon adoption

ordinance putting into effect the purposes of the public law. Where authorized by such a special

act, the term "blighted area and substandard area" shall be deemed to include areas where the

presence of hazardous materials, as defined in section 23-19.14-2, impairs the use, reuse, or

redevelopment of impacted sites.

      SECTION 5. Sections 45-50-3, 45-50-5, 45-50-6, and 45-50-7 of the general laws in

chapter 45-50 entitled "Municipal Public Buildings Authorities" are hereby amended to read as

follows:

      45-50-3. Legislative findings - Applicability of chapter - Resolution of need required

for authority to function. -- (a) It is declared that a need exists to authorize all municipalities

which issue significant amounts of general obligation debt or which have large operating budgets

to possess powers enabling the implementation of alternative financing techniques.

      (b) This chapter applies to any municipality which has during the three (3) calendar

years preceding adoption of the resolution provided for in subsection (c) (d);

      (1) Issued in the aggregate in excess of sixty million dollars ($60,000,000) in general

obligation debt (excluding tax and revenue anticipation debt and long term advanced refunding

bonds); or

      (2) Had an annual operating budget in excess of thirty-nine million dollars ($39,000,000).

      (c) This chapter also applies to any municipality that has been expressly authorized by

public law to approve the establishment of such an authority for the purposes of undertaking

projects, as defined by this chapter, within a specified district of the municipality.

      (c) (d) The authority of any city or town shall not transact any business or exercise any

powers under this chapter, unless and until the city or town council, by resolution, declares, at any

time, that there is need for an authority to function in the city or town, and the public finance

management board, created by 42-10.1-1, shall, by resolution, approve the creation of each

authority. Neither the state nor the public finance management board shall have any liability as a

result of the performance of the duty or exercise of the power described in this chapter.

      (d) (e) Any authority created under this chapter is subject to the provisions of chapter 2

of title 38 ('Access to Public Records') and chapter 46 of title 42 ('Open Meetings') and, in

addition, the members of the authority are subject to the provisions of chapter 14 of title 36

('Code of Ethics').

      45-50-5. Appointment of authority members. -- When the council of a city or town

first adopts a resolution as provided for in 45-50-3, the elected chief executive officer, in cities

and towns having a popularly elected chief executive officer, shall appoint five (5) resident

electors of the city or town as members of the authority. The appointments shall be subject to

approval by the city or town council where required by the charter. In cities and towns where

there is no popularly elected chief executive officer, the city or town council shall appoint five (5)

resident electors of the city or town as members of the authority. Provided, however, that the

provisions of this section shall not apply to an authority authorized pursuant to subsection 45-50-

3(c), in which case the public law providing for the exercise of the powers of the authority by a

body corporate and politic shall apply and be considered definitive.

      45-50-6. Tenure of authority members. -- The members who are first appointed shall

be designated to serve for terms of one, two (2), three (3), four (4), and five (5) years,

respectively. Thereafter, members shall be appointed as aforesaid for a term of office of five (5)

years, except that all vacancies occurring during a term shall be filled for the unexpired term. A

member shall hold office until his or her successor has been appointed and qualified. Provided,

however, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to an authority authorized pursuant to

subsection 45-50-3(c), in which case the public law providing for the exercise of the powers of

the authority by a body corporate and politic shall apply and be considered definitive.

      45-50-7. Officers and quorums. -- The authority shall elect one of its members as

chairperson and another as vice chairperson and shall also elect a secretary and a treasurer. Three

(3) members of the authority constitutes a quorum and the vote of three (3) members is necessary

for any action taken by the authority. No vacancy in the membership of the authority shall impair

the right of a quorum to exercise all the rights and perform all the duties of the authority.

Provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to an authority authorized

pursuant to subsection 45-50-3(c), in which case the public law providing for the exercise of the

powers of the authority by a body corporate and politic shall apply and be considered definitive.

      SECTION 6. Construction of act. This act, being necessary for the orderly development

of the State and the City, shall be liberally construed to effect the purposes hereof.

      SECTION 7. Severability. This act shall be construed in all respects to meet all

constitutional requirements. In carrying out the purposes and provisions of this act, all steps shall

be taken which are necessary to meet constitutional or other legal requirements whether or not

these steps are expressly required by statute. If, after the application of the provisions of this

section, any of the provisions of this act, or its application to any circumstances, shall be held

unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, that decision shall not affect or impair the

validity of the application of those provisions to other circumstances or the validity of any of the

other provisions of this act.

      SECTION 8. This act shall take effect upon passage.       

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