(a) There shall be a pest control board of nine members. Six members of the board shall be appointed by the governor; of which four shall have been for a period of not less than five years preceding the date of their appointment, licensed pest control operators actively engaged in the business of pest control; and two shall be public members. Three members of the board shall serve on an ex officio, voting basis: the chairperson of the board of agriculture or the chairperson's representative, the director of health or the director's representative, and the chairperson of the department of plant and environmental protection sciences of the college of tropical agriculture and human resources of the University of Hawaii or the chairperson's representative. No two members of the board shall be employed by or associated with the same business firm engaged in pest control.
(b) Except for members of the board first appointed, no one, except the ex officio and public members, shall be eligible for appointment who does not at the time of the member's appointment hold a valid and unexpired license to operate as a pest control operator. [L 1972, c 134, pt of §1; am L 1982, c 204, §8; am L 1983, c 124, §17; gen ch 1985; am L 1991, c 16, §5; am L 1992, c 202, §129; ree L 1993, c 322, §11; am L 2016, c 55, §16]