(a) There is created the Medical Licensure Commission composed of seven physicians, each of whom shall be either a doctor of medicine or a doctor of osteopathy and be licensed to practice medicine or osteopathy in this state. The members of the commission shall be appointed as follows: Two physicians shall be appointed by the Lieutenant Governor; two physicians shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; and the remaining three physicians shall be appointed by the Governor. Each member of the commission shall be a citizen of this state and the membership of the commission shall be inclusive and reflect the racial, gender, geographic, urban/rural, and economic diversity of the state. The members shall serve a five-year term with no limit as to the number of terms a member can serve. In order to stagger the terms, the initial appointment shall be as follows: The two members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor shall serve a five-year term, the two members appointed by the Speaker shall serve a four-year term, one member appointed by the Governor shall serve a three-year term, one member appointed by the Governor shall serve a two-year term, and one member appointed by the Governor shall serve a one-year term.
(b) Within 30 days following October 1, 1995, the Governor shall appoint one public member to the commission for an initial term of five years and thereafter shall appoint successor public members to serve terms of five years. There shall be no limitation upon the number of terms a public member may serve. The public member shall continue to serve beyond the expiration of his or her current term until a successor has been appointed. No public member shall be a licensee of the commission or hold a professional degree in any health care field or practice as a licensed health care professional. The public member shall be entitled to participate and vote in all matters before the commission.