AUGUSTA — The Maine State Senate has given final approval and sent to the governor a bill to shift oversight of the Maine State Housing Authority.

Senate Majority Leader Jon Courtney’s bill, LD 1778, gives the authority’s board of commissioners oversight authority and the power to review, compensate, or remove the agency’s director. Present law gives the director broader powers and duties.

The bill also establishes staggered terms for the commissioners.

Passage came a week after the current director, Dale McCormick, submitted her resignation after coming under fire from some commissioners.

The bill is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage.

The quasi-independent housing authority issues bonds to finance single-family and multiple-family housing for low- and moderate-income families.

Read the bill: “An Act Relating to the Governance of the Maine State Housing Authority.”