There is established the Alabama Real Estate Appraisers Board. The board shall consist of nine members, one of whom shall be a qualified individual from the general public, seven of whom shall be real property appraisers, and, beginning on October 1, 2011, one of whom shall be a representative of an appraisal management company. Each member of the board, except for the representative of the appraisal management company, shall be a citizen of this state and no less than two of the nine board members shall be of a minority race. The overall membership of the board shall be inclusive and reflect the racial, gender, geographic, urban/rural, and economic diversity of the state. The Governor shall appoint the members of the Real Estate Appraisers Board. One appraiser member shall be appointed from each United States Congressional District in this state. The term of each board member shall be three years; except that, of the members first appointed, three shall serve three years, three shall serve two years, and three shall serve for one year. The representative of the appraisal management company, whose term begins on October 1, 2011, shall be selected from a list of three candidates submitted to the Governor by the Real Estate Valuation Advocacy Association, or its successor organization. This member shall serve a term of three years. Notwithstanding the foregoing, and notwithstanding the method of electing a chairperson specified below, if the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989, Pub. L. No. 101-73, Title XI - Real Estate Appraisal Reform Amendments and any amendment thereto or regulations issued thereunder - prohibit the board from consisting of a majority of real property appraisers, or require a different method of selecting a chairperson; then the board shall promptly come into compliance with the federal law and at least one representative of an appraisal management company shall hold a position on the board. The board may not exceed a total of nine members, and the chairperson shall be selected as required by Pub. L. No. 101-73 and regulations thereunder. In such event, the existing appraiser members with the shortest remaining terms shall vacate their positions as necessary to achieve the composition of the new board, and if it becomes necessary to vacate a position held by two or more appraiser members with equivalent terms, the Governor shall determine which appraiser member shall vacate the position, but no hold over terms shall extend for more than 180 days. Upon expiration of their terms, members of the board shall continue to hold office until the appointment and qualifications of their successors and confirmation by the state Senate. No person shall serve as a member of the board for more than two consecutive terms. The appointing authority may remove a board member for misconduct, incapacity, incompetence, or neglect of duty after the board member so charged has been served with a written statement of charges and has been given an opportunity to be heard. Absence from any three consecutive meetings without cause acceptable to the Governor and the board shall be deemed cause for removal. The public members of the board and spouses of the members shall not be engaged in the practice of real property appraising. The board shall meet at least once each calendar quarter to conduct its business. Places of future meetings shall be decided by the vote of the members at meetings. Written notice shall be given to each member of the time and place of each meeting of the board at least 10 days before the scheduled date of the meetings. The members of the board shall elect a chairperson from among the members to preside at board meetings. A quorum of the board shall consist of five board members with at least four of such members being appraiser members. Each member of the board shall receive compensation to be set by the board in an amount not to exceed three hundred dollars ($300) per month for attendance of board meetings. In addition, each member of the board shall be entitled to a per diem allowance on board meeting days as authorized by the board, not to exceed the current per diem allowance for state employees, except that no out-of-state travel or mileage reimbursement for travel beyond Alabama borders shall be made for attendance at board meetings. The board shall be independent, separate, and distinct from any agency, person, or other state official whose responsibilities include licensing real estate brokers, real estate salesmen, or real estate companies.