Section 9-17-175

Alabama Propane Education and Research Council.

(a) The qualified industry organization shall select members of the council from nominations made by retail marketers and wholesalers operating in the State of Alabama. Vacancies in the unfinished terms of council members shall be filled in the same manner as were the original appointments.

(b) The council shall consist of nine members, with six members representing retail marketers, two members representing wholesalers, and one public member. Other than the public member, council members shall be full-time employees or owners of businesses in the propane gas industry. No employee of the qualified industry organization shall serve as a member of the council and no member of the council may serve concurrently as an officer of the board of directors of the qualified industry organization or as a member of the Alabama LP Gas Board. Only one person at a time from any company or its affiliate may serve on the council.

(c) Council members shall receive no compensation for their services. However, council members may be reimbursed for expenses relating to their service upon approval by a majority vote of the council.

(d) Council members shall serve terms of three years and may not serve more than two full consecutive terms. Members filling unexpired terms may not serve more than a total of two full consecutive terms plus any unexpired term. Former members of the council may be returned to the council if they have not been members for a period of two years. Initial appointments to the council shall be for terms of one, two, and three years staggered to provide for the selection of three members each year. An initial appointment, whether for a term of one, two, or three years, shall be treated as a full term for purposes of the consecutive term limit. Council members shall be subject to Senate confirmation and shall serve until replaced. The membership of the council shall be inclusive and reflect the racial, gender, geographic, urban/rural, and economic diversity of the state.

(e) The council shall develop programs and projects and enter into contracts or agreements to fulfill the purposes of this article.

(f) The council may select from among its members a chair and other officers as necessary, may establish committees and subcommittees for the council, and shall adopt rules and bylaws for the conduct of business and the implementation of this article.

(g) The council may employ an executive director to serve as chief executive officer and other employees as it deems necessary. The council may enter into contracts with, use facilities and equipment of, or employ personnel of the qualified industry organization in carrying out its responsibilities under this section. It shall determine the compensation and duties of each and protect the handling of council funds through fidelity bonds.

(h) At the beginning of each fiscal year, the council shall prepare a budget plan for the next fiscal year, including the probable cost of all programs, projects, and contracts and a recommended rate of assessment sufficient to cover the costs. The council will make available to the Secretary of State and the propane gas industry in Alabama the proposed budget for review and comment.

(i) The council shall keep minutes, books, and records that clearly reflect all of the acts and transactions of the council and make public the information. The books of the council shall be reviewed or audited by a certified public accountant at least once each fiscal year and at other times as the council may designate. Copies of the review or audit shall be provided to all members of the council and the Secretary of State and to other members of the industry upon request.

(Act 2009-580, p. 1707, §6.)