The commissioner shall appoint a Terminal Illness Advisory Committee, hereafter referred to as the committee, to consult with the department in the administration of this act. The committee shall be composed of 11 persons representing hospitals and medical schools, voluntary agencies interested in terminal illness, local public health agencies, physicians licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, and the general public. Each member shall hold office for a term of 4 years and until his successor is appointed and qualified, except that the terms of the members first taking office shall expire, as designated at the time of appointment, two at the end of the first year, three at the end of the second year, three at the end of the third year, and three at the end of the fourth year, after the date of appointment. Any person appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed shall be appointed for the remainder of such term. The committee shall meet as frequently as the secretary deems necessary, but not less than once each year. The committee members shall receive no compensation but shall be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in carrying out their duties as members of this committee.
L.1972, c. 193, s. 5, eff. Dec. 20, 1972.