(a) The organizational meeting of the board shall be set no later than October 1, 2014, by the Chief Executive Officer of the SEIB. The first order of business at the organizational meeting shall be the election of a chair and vice chair by majority vote of the membership of the board. The Chief Executive Officer of the SEIB shall call the meeting to order and preside only until the chair and vice chair are elected. Thereafter, the board shall annually elect a chair and vice chair by majority vote of the membership of the board, provided that any chair or vice chair may be re-elected and serve successive terms as chair or vice chair.
(b) A majority of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business and each member shall be entitled to one vote on all matters. Except where otherwise provided, a majority vote of the board members present shall be necessary for a decision by the board. The board shall keep a record of all of its proceedings which shall be open to public inspection and shall at all times comply with Alabama's Open Meetings Law, Chapter 25A of Title 36.
(c) Board members shall serve without compensation for their services, but shall be reimbursed from the program for all necessary expenses that they may incur through service on the board.
(d) The board shall be a state agency and shall constitute a body corporate for the purpose of providing for and participating in the management of the program. The board shall have all powers and privileges of a corporation and may enforce all existing rights and claims, and hold its cash and securities and other property in trust for the purpose for which received; provided, however, the board, its officers, and its employees shall be immune from suit to the same extent as the state, its agencies, officers, and employees.
(e) The board shall be exempt from payment of all fees and all taxes levied by the State of Alabama or any of its subdivisions.