A. The occupational health and safety review commission is hereby established. The commission shall be composed of three members who shall be appointed by the governor, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, from among persons who by reason of training, education or experience are qualified to carry out the functions of the commission under the Occupational Health and Safety Act [50-9-1 NMSA 1978]. One member each shall be chosen to reflect the views of labor, industry and of the general public. The governor shall designate one of the members of the commission to serve as chairman.
B. Terms of commission members shall be six years except that members of the commission first taking office shall serve as designated by the governor at the time of appointment: one for a term of two years, one for a term of four years and one for a term of six years. A vacancy caused by death, resignation or removal of a member prior to the expiration of the term for which he was appointed shall be filled only for the remainder of such unexpired term. A member of the commission may be removed by the governor for inefficiency, neglect of duty or malfeasance in office.
C. For the purpose of carrying out its functions under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, two members of the commission shall constitute a quorum and official action can be taken only on the affirmative vote of at least two members.
D. Every official act of the commission shall be entered of record and its hearings and records shall be open to the public. The commission is authorized to make such rules as are necessary for the orderly transaction of its proceedings.
E. The commission may order testimony to be taken by deposition in any proceedings pending before it. Any person whose testimony may be material may be compelled to appear and testify, and to produce books, papers or documents in the same manner as witnesses may be compelled to appear and testify and produce like documentary evidence before the commission.
F. The commission may designate a hearing officer to take evidence in the hearing. The commission will then make its decision based on the evidence in the transcript of the hearing proceedings.
G. Members of the commission shall be reimbursed as provided in the Per Diem and Mileage Act [10-8-1 NMSA 1978].
Source: Inventory of Statutory Executive Boards and Commissions, Legislative Council Service 2010 Update