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State Advisory Board on Alcohol-Related Problems   

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(a) There is a State Advisory Board on Alcohol-Related Problems to the department which shall consist of 15 members, of which five members shall be appointed by the Governor, five members by the Senate Rules Committee, and five members by the Speaker of the Assembly.

(b) The members shall be appointed for terms that commence on January 1, 1976. Of the members first appointed by the Governor, the Senate Rules Committee, and the Speaker, two out of each five appointments, as selected by the appointing power, shall hold office for three years, two out of each five, as selected by the appointing power, shall hold office for two years, and one out of each five, as selected by the appointing power, shall hold office for one year. After these initial terms, each member shall be appointed for a term of three years. A member of the board may be replaced by the appointing power, upon recommendation of the board, for failure to attend board meetings.

(c) Members shall have a professional or personal interest in, and commitment to, alleviating alcohol problems. It is the intent of the Legislature that the appointing powers make appointments that include representatives from various economic, social, and occupational groups, and allow for geographic distribution throughout the state. No member of the board may be an employee or member of the board of directors of an organization which is a direct recipient of any state funds pursuant to a contract with a department, which shall include compensation for contracted services or membership on an advisory body or board of directors of such recipient organization. No spouse of any person described in the preceding sentence may be a member of the board.

(d) The board shall meet at least once every three months and may meet as often as required, as a full board or in committees, to implement this section. All meetings of the board, and any committees thereof, shall be open to the public and adequate notice shall be provided in advance to interested persons.

(e) The members shall select the chair of the board annually and adopt bylaws as appropriate to carrying out its duties.

(f) Members of the board shall serve without compensation, but shall receive reimbursement for travel and other necessary expenses actually incurred in the performance of their official duties.

(g) The board shall advise the director on the major policy issues relating to the implementation by the department of this part and on any other related matters the director refers to it, shall encourage public understanding of the nature of alcohol problems, and encourage support throughout the state for development and implementation of effective alcohol programs. Upon request of the chair of the board, the director shall respond in writing to the board regarding each of its recommendations.

(h) The board shall participate in the regulations process pursuant to Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 11835) of this part.

(i) The department shall provide for appropriate training to the board members relating to their charge so as to assure their understanding of the state-funded alcohol program. It is the intent of the Legislature that each member of the board learn about the elements of the alcohol program and the nature of alcohol problems in his or her county of residence in order to assist him or her in understanding the major policies to be examined by the board.

(j) The board shall submit an annual report to the department and Legislature in January of each year which describes its accomplishments and includes its recommendations regarding the department's role in alleviating alcohol problems.

(k) The board shall review the annual state reports pursuant to subdivision (f) of Section 11998.2, and shall submit its comments and recommendations regarding the reports to the Director of Alcohol and Drug Programs.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 42, Sec. 2.)