2019 Tennessee Code
Title 13 - Public Planning and Housing
Chapter 30 - Tennessee Local Land Bank Program
§ 13-30-106. Quorum for transaction of business -- Officers -- Rules and regulations -- Removal of board members -- Compensation -- Meetings -- Majority approval for actions of the board -- No proxy voting.
(a) A majority of the board of the corporation shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business. Unless a greater number or percentage is required by state law, the vote of a simple majority of the directors present at any meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the action of the corporation. To the extent permitted by applicable law, the corporation may permit any or all directors to participate in an annual, regular or special meeting by, or conduct the meeting through the use of, any means of communication by which all directors participating may simultaneously hear each other during the meeting. A director participating in a meeting by this means is deemed to be present in person at the meeting.
(b) The members of the board of directors shall select annually from among themselves a chair, a vice chair, a treasurer, and such other officers as the board may determine, and shall establish their duties as may be regulated by rules adopted by the board.
(c) The board shall establish rules and requirements relative to the attendance and participation of members in its meetings, regular or special. Such rules and regulations may prescribe a procedure whereby, should any member fail to comply with such rules and regulations, such member may be disqualified and removed automatically from office by no less than a majority vote of the remaining members of the board, and that member's position shall be vacant as of the first day of the next calendar month. Any person removed under this subsection (c) shall be ineligible for reappointment to the board, unless such reappointment is confirmed unanimously by the board.
(d) Any citizen or group of citizens upon collection of a petition having a clearly worded purpose, of at least twenty (20) verified signatures of qualified voters registered in the jurisdiction in which the board operates may present to the local government legislative body a resolution calling for the removal of any board member. The local government legislative body shall have the power, upon timely and due consideration of the citizen petition and a response from the board, to remove or retain the cited board member by simple majority vote. Removal from the board of directors of any public official shall not, in and of itself, impair the public official or municipal or county employee in that person's other duties.
(e) Board members shall serve without compensation, shall have the power to organize and reorganize the executive, administrative, clerical, and other departments of the corporation and to fix the duties, powers and compensation of all employees, agents and consultants of the corporation. The board may reimburse any member for expenses actually incurred in the performance of duties on behalf of the corporation.
(f) The board shall meet in regular session according to a schedule adopted by the board, and also shall meet in special session as convened by the chair or upon written notice signed by a majority of the members. The presence of a majority of the total membership of the board shall constitute a quorum.
(g) All actions of the board shall be approved by the affirmative vote of a majority of the members of that board present and voting. However, no action of the board shall be authorized on the following matters unless approved by a majority of the total board membership:
(1) Adoption of bylaws and other rules and regulations for conduct of the business of the corporation;
(2) Hiring or firing of any employee or contractor of the corporation. This function may, by majority vote, be delegated by the board to a specified officer or committee of the corporation, under such terms and conditions, and to the extent, that the board may specify;
(3) The incurring of debt;
(4) Adoption or amendment of the annual budget; and
(5) Sale, lease, encumbrance, or alienation of real property, improvements or personal property with a value of more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000).
(h) Vote by proxy shall not be permitted. Any member may request a recorded vote on any resolution or action of the board.