Article - Economic Development
(a) (1) (i) The Commission consists of:
1. not more than 21 voting members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate;
2. two voting members appointed by the President of the Senate of Maryland;
3. two voting members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates;
4. A. one member of the Senate of Maryland, designated by the President of the Senate; and
B. one member of the House of Delegates, designated by the Speaker of the House; and
5. the following representatives of State units and instrumentalities of the State:
A. the Executive Director of the Maryland Economic Development Corporation, or the Executive Director’s designee;
B. the Executive Director of the Maryland Technology Development Corporation, or the Executive Director’s designee;
C. the Secretary or the Secretary’s designee; and
D. the Secretary of Labor, or the Secretary’s designee.
(ii) The Secretary and the Secretary of Labor or their designees, State unit or instrumentality representatives, and members of the General Assembly are nonvoting ex officio members of the Commission.
(iii) A designee under subparagraph (i)5 of this paragraph may be an administrator or a senior official of the unit or instrumentality.
(2) The geographic representation of the Commission shall cover the entire State and shall include at least one representative from:
(i) the upper Eastern Shore;
(ii) the lower Eastern Shore;
(iii) Calvert County, Charles County, or St. Mary’s County;
(iv) Allegany County or Garrett County; and
(v) Carroll County, Frederick County, or Washington County.
(3) When appointing Commission members, the Governor shall consider geographic and industry representation.
(4) The members appointed shall reflect the racial and gender diversity of the population of the State.
(b) The appointed members of the Commission shall have substantial interest or experience in business or knowledge of business and economic development.
(c) The Commission and its members are subject to the Maryland Public Ethics Law.
(d) (1) The term of an appointed member is 3 years.
(2) At the end of a term, an appointed member continues to serve until a successor is appointed and qualifies.
(3) A member appointed after a term has begun serves only for the remainder of the term and until a successor is appointed and qualifies.
(4) The terms of the appointed members are staggered as required by the terms provided for members of the Commission on October 1, 2008.
(5) A member may be removed by the Governor with or without cause.