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Except for the addition of two members and the rearrangement of the Commission's staffing, structurally the Commission has changed little since its inception in 1973. As with children, the Commission's early years were its most formative, defining its purpose and molding its character. In a later chapter we shall consider the charges of the Commission's critics. Many of its critics seek to be helpful and offer positive suggestions.

Equally, many fail to understand the character and purpose of the Commission as revealed by its history and thus they ask of the Commission what it cannot give and what it was not designed to accomplish.
Rules & Procedures

The State Environmental Commission attempts to meet at least once a month, but, like any other governmental agency, it is constrained by its budget. The budget is one factor in determining the number of meetings per year; another is the schedule of the Commissioners, since each has a busy schedule associated with his or her full-time occupation and personal commitments.

Because the number of times the Commission meets per year varies, the Commission has no set dates for its meetings.
Thus, meetings are scheduled as needed. In recent years, Commission meetings have been convened five or six times annually.

The Commission is required to notify the public at least 30 days prior to a meeting. Notice must be given of Commission meetings in newspapers around the state once a week for 3 weeks. This process provides those who wish to appear before the Commission with ample time to prepare evidence for their presentation.

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