Title 52 - Oil & Gas Code

§52-420.23. Commission membership - Appointment - Qualifications - Geographical distribution - Employment - Term of office - Vacancies - Chairperson - Travel reimbursement.


          A. The Liquefied Petroleum Gas Research, Marketing and Safety Commission shall be composed of at least twelve (12) members. The twelve members shall be LP gas dealers who are holders of a permit from the State Liquefied Petroleum Gas Administration; four to be appointed by the Governor, four to be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and four to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Governor, President Pro Tempore of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives shall make appointments of the LP gas dealers from a list of names submitted by the Oklahoma Propane Gas Association.

          B. The members of the Commission shall:

                    1. Be at least twenty-five (25) years of age;

                    2. Be a resident of the State of Oklahoma; and

                    3. Have at least five (5) years of active experience in the LP gas industry.

          C. The membership of the Commission shall be distributed geographically so that each quadrant of the state is represented equally. Each appointing authority shall make one appointment from each quadrant of the state. The boundaries of the quadrants shall be Interstate 35 and Interstate 40. A person shall be considered as representing a quadrant of the state if the person's permanent residence is located in the quadrant.

          D. Not more than two members of the Commission shall be employed by or represent the same person, business, corporation or entity or any subsidiary of an entity.

          E. The initial term of office for members of the Commission shall be as follows: three members for one (1) year, three members for two (2) years and six members for three (3) years.

           For the initial appointments which shall be made by September 1, 1994, each appointing authority shall make one appointment for a one-year term, one appointment for a two-year term and two appointments for three-year terms. Thereafter, the terms of the members shall be for three (3) years.

          F. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term of office in the same manner as the original appointment. The dealer members may be removed from office by a majority vote of the three appointing authorities in a manner as provided by law.

          G. After October 1, 1994, the members of the Commission appointed pursuant to subsection A of this section may by majority vote appoint a maximum of three members representing companies which provide goods and services to propane dealers. These additional members shall have full voting rights and privileges and will serve three-year terms. They may be removed from the Commission by a majority vote of the LP gas dealer members of the Commission appointed pursuant to subsection A of this section.

          H. The Commission shall at its first meeting elect one of its members as chairperson, who shall preside over meetings of the Commission and perform any other duties as may be required by the Commission.

          I. No member of the Commission shall receive a salary or reimbursement for duties performed as a member of the Commission, however members are eligible to receive travel reimbursement as provided in the State Travel Reimbursement Act.

Added by Laws 1994, c. 146, § 4, eff. July 1, 1994.