A. There is created a "mining safety board", referred to in Chapter 69, Article 8 NMSA 1978 as the "board", consisting of thirteen members. The members of the board shall represent and balance management and non-management employees at coal, metal-nonmetal and sand and gravel operations throughout New Mexico. The members of the board shall be appointed by the governor for terms of six years or until their successors are appointed and qualified. Vacancies shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term by the governor in the same manner as the original appointments. Members absent for three or more consecutive meetings shall be considered inactive. The chair of the board shall ask the governor's office to appoint a new member to the board if a current member becomes inactive. The inspector and the secretary of energy, minerals and natural resources shall be ex-officio members of the board but shall have no vote.
B. Voting members of the board shall receive compensation pursuant to the Per Diem and Mileage Act [10-8-1 NMSA 1978]. The inspector is authorized and directed to provide the board with such clerical, technical, legal and other assistance as shall be necessary to permit the board to perform its duties as provided in the Mining Safety Act [69-8-1 NMSA 1978].
Source: Inventory of Statutory Executive Boards and Commissions, Legislative Council Service 2010 Update