Amendment #53 to H.3382

Massport Amendment 2

Mr. Basile of Boston move that the bill be amended by striking sections 25 and 26 in their entirety and inserting in place thereof the following:





Said Section 36 of chapter 465 of the Acts of 1956, as amended by section 128 of chapter 25 of the acts of 2009, is hereby amended by striking said section in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following:-



Section 36. (a) There shall be an advisory board to the authority consisting of 1 voting representative of each of the following cities and towns: Braintree, Bedford, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Cohasset, Concord, Everett, Hingham, Hull, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Melrose, Medford, Milton, Nahant, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, Weymouth, Winthrop and Worcester; provided, further, that the city of Boston shall have 7 voting representatives, 1 of whom shall be a resident of the Beacon Hill or South End sections of the city of Boston, 1 of whom shall be a resident of the East Boston section of the city of Boston, 1 of whom shall be a resident of the Dorchester or Roxbury sections of the city of Boston, 1 of whom shall be a resident of the Charlestown section of Boston, 1 of whom shall be a resident of the South Boston section of the city of Boston, 1 of whom shall be a resident of the Roslindale or Hyde Park sections of the city of Boston, and 1 of whom shall be a resident of the 3 West Roxbury or Jamaica Plain sections of the city of Boston. The members of the advisory board shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of each city or town.

(b) Said advisory board shall meet six times a year; or at a special meeting called by the authority; or if a majority of board members choose to do so. A quorum of the advisory board shall consist of a simple majority of voting members present, and the advisory board may act, except as otherwise provided in paragraph (f), by affirmative casting of a majority of the votes represented in the quorum. The advisory board shall be deemed to be a governing body for the purposes of, and shall be subject to, sections 18 to 25, inclusive, of chapter 30A of the General Laws. The first meeting of said board shall take place before July 1, 2013.

(c) Said advisory board shall annually elect a chairperson, a vice-chairperson, a secretary and such officers as said advisory board might determine. Each officer may be removed by a two-thirds vote of the advisory board without cause. In the event of a vacancy, said board shall fill the vacancy for the unexpired term. Each member of said advisory board shall serve without compensation.

(d) The advisory board shall:

(i) make recommendations to the authority on annual current expense expenditure budgets submitted to the advisory board under paragraph (g);

(ii) hold hearings, which may be held jointly with the authority at the discretion of the advisory board and said authority, on matters relating to said authority;

(iii) review the annual report of the authority and to prepare comments thereon to the authority and the governor, and to make such examinations of the reports on the authority’s records and affairs as the advisory board deems appropriate; and

(iv) make recommendations to the governor and the general court respecting the authority and its programs.

(e) Within 30 days of receiving any proposed current expense budget of the authority or within 30 days of receiving any proposed amended expense budget of the authority, the advisory board shall hold a public hearing on matters relating to said budget for the purpose of ascertaining, for subsequent report to the authority if necessary, the views of the public thereon.

(f) The advisory board may incur annual expenses, not to exceed $100,000 for office and related expenses. Said annual expenses shall be paid by the authority.

(g) The authority shall provide any information including, but not limited to, annual current expense expenditure budgets and capital expenditure reports, requested by the advisory board which are necessary for the discharge of its duties; provided, however, that the advisory board shall not be granted access to any information if it be determined by the executive director of the authority and the director of security for the authority that the release of such information would be detrimental to public safety, or if providing such information would be in violation of any federal statute or regulation of the Federal Aviation Administration or other federal agency; provided, further, that said determination shall be made in writing which shall be delivered to the advisory board within 2 business days.