§ 5-20.7-4. Creation of board Composition Appointment, terms, and compensation of members.
(a)(1) Within the department of business regulation, there is created the Rhode Island real estate appraisers board which shall consist of ten (10) members to be appointed by the governor. Six (6) of the board members shall be practicing appraisers and, for the initial board appointment, shall be members in good standing of one of the following professional associations or the successor associations: the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, the Society of Real Estate Appraisers, the International Right of Way Association, the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers, or the International Association of Assessing Officers. Where possible, at least one but not more than two (2) appraiser appointments shall be from the membership of each of these professional organizations.
(2) One board member shall be a member of the general public, and shall not be engaged in the practice of real estate appraisal. One board member shall hold a real estate license under chapter 20.5 of this title and shall not be a state-certified real estate appraiser. One member shall be a representative of the Rhode Island banking industry. The director of the department of business regulation or his or her designee shall serve at all times as a member of the board ex officio without voting privileges.
(3) The term of office of the initial members and the powers of the initial board expire on December 31, 1991.
(b) Commencing January 1, 1992, and subsequently, the board shall consist of ten (10) members:
(1) Six (6) members shall be state-certified appraisers:
(i) Two (2) appraiser members shall be appointed for a term of three (3) years;
(ii) Two (2) members for a term of two (2) years; and
(iii) Two (2) members for a term of one year;
(2) One board member shall be a member of the general public, appointed for a term of three (3) years, and shall not be engaged in the practice of real estate appraisal;
(3) One board member shall hold a real estate license under chapter 20.5 of this title, appointed for a term of two (2) years and shall not be a state-certified real estate appraiser;
(4) One member shall be a representative of the Rhode Island banking industry and shall be appointed for a term of one year; and
(5) The director of the department of business regulation, or his or her designee, shall serve at all times as a member of the board ex officio without voting privileges.
(c)(1) Successors of all members shall each be appointed for terms of three (3) years and until their successors are appointed and qualified by subscribing to the constitutional oath of office, which shall be filed with the secretary of state. Members to fill vacancies shall be appointed for the unexpired term. No member shall be appointed to succeed himself or herself for more than two (2) terms. Upon qualification of the appointed members, the board shall organize by selecting from its members a chairperson and vice-chairperson with a term of office of one year.
(2) The board shall meet not less than once each month or as necessary in order to conduct its business, the dates and times of which shall be decided by a vote of the members.
(3) Each real estate appraiser member of the board appointed as of January 1, 1992, must be a state-certified real estate appraiser. At least one-half (1/2) of the appraiser members shall hold the general appraisal certificate and not less than two (2) shall hold the residential appraisal certificate.
(4) Upon expiration of their terms, members of the board shall continue to hold office until the appointment and qualification of their successors. The appointing authority may remove a member for cause.
(5) A quorum of the board is a majority of the voting members of the board members appointed and/or sitting, whichever is less, with at least three (3) of these members required to be appraiser members.
(6) The department of business regulation, with the assistance of the board, shall implement a program for recertification on or before July 1, 1992, and establish any reasonable rules and regulations that are appropriate to insure that the examination, education, and experience requirements of certificate and license holders meet the public interest and the minimum standards of the Appraisal Foundation.
(d) The board shall adopt a seal of any design that it prescribes. Copies of all records and papers in the office of the board, duly certified and authenticated by its seal, shall be received in all courts with like effect as the original. All records of the board shall be open to public inspection under any reasonable rules and regulations that it prescribes.
(e) No member of the board shall receive compensation for his or her official duties on the board but shall be reimbursed for his or her actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of his or her official duties.
(P.L. 1990, ch. 424, § 1; P.L. 1991 ch. 335, § 1; P.L. 1992, ch. 275, § 1; P.L. 1997, ch. 341, § 1; P.L. 1997, ch. 366, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 117, art. 21, § 6.)