March & April 2013
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TMACOG Bylaw Revisions

The TMACOG Leadership Committee proposed changes to the TMACOG bylaws and the General Assembly approved them at the January 29 General Assembly.

• Adding two additional seats to the number of trustees representing TMACOG member special districts and authorities, public school districts, and public universities and colleges. The number of seats is now eight trustees. Seats were added for Suburban Mobility for Regional Transportation (SMART) and for Bowling Green (B.G.) Transit.
The new federal transportation bill makes it policy for TMACOG to include “public agencies that administer or operate major modes of transportation … including representation by providers of public transportation.” Prior to this amendment, TARTA was the only public transit representative on the Board of Trustees.

• The Executive Committee now consists of no fewer than 12 and no more than 19 representatives. Prior to the amendment, the bylaws set Executive Committee members at 12-17 members.

• The Commuter Services Council was dissolved as a programmatic council. Lucas County ended funding for the CommuterLink and Car Buy programs that TMACOG had been administering. The other programs in the Commuter Services Council – Share A Ride and Specialized Transportation – are now administered by TMACOG's Transportation department.

• The Long Range Planning and Resource Development Committee was dissolved as a standing committee. This former committee’s duties and responsibilities have been absorbed by the Leadership Development Committee.

• The Programming and Education Committee was established as a standing, administrative committee and gained a seat on the Executive Committee. This newly created committee previously served as a subcommittee of the Membership Committee. The committee will plan, develop and evaluate current TMACOG member programs and events.

• Effective with the 2014 General Assembly elections, the position of Second Vice Chair will be eliminated and TMACOG officers will consist of Chair and Vice Chair. These officers will serve in the same capacities for the General Assembly, Board of Trustees, and Executive Committee.

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