From time to time the commissioner may appoint any advisory committee to assist the department with its duties and responsibilities.
(1) An advisory committee may exist for no more than 3 years, but may be reestablished as necessary.
(2) Each person serving on an advisory committee shall serve at the pleasure of the commissioner.
(3) Each advisory committee, whether created by the commissioner or the Legislature, including technical councils, shall be governed by the following provisions, in addition to those specified for that committee:
(a) Composition.—Membership and appointments of advisory committees shall be made by the commissioner in accordance with the criteria set forth in the provisions establishing the committee.
(b) Powers and duties.—Each advisory committee shall have the power and duty to:
1. Consider and study the entire field relating to its area of responsibility.
2. Consider all matters submitted to it by the commissioner or the division directors.
3. Submit proposed legislation and rules to the commissioner.
4. Advise and consult with the commissioner and the division directors of the department, at their request or upon its own initiative, regarding the promulgation, administration, and enforcement of all laws and rules relating to its area of responsibility.
5. Suggest policies and practices for the conduct of departmental business which shall be duly considered by the commissioner or division directors.
(4) The advisory committee shall meet at least annually and elect a chair, a vice chair, and a secretary for 1-year terms.
(5) Each advisory committee shall meet at the call of its chair, at the request of a majority of its membership, at the request of the department, or at the times prescribed by its rules of procedure.
(6) The department shall provide administrative and staff support services to the committee and shall provide suitable space in the offices of the department for the meetings and records of the committee.
(7) In conducting its meetings, each advisory committee shall use accepted rules of procedure. The secretary shall keep a complete record of the proceedings of each meeting, which shall show the names of the members present and the actions taken. These records shall be kept on file with the department, and records and other documents about matters within the jurisdiction of the advisory committee shall be subject to inspection by the members of the advisory committee.
(8) A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum, and action by a majority of a quorum shall be official.
(9) Members of each advisory committee shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses as provided in s. 112.061.