§5F-2-5. Independent appeal boards.

(a) The Legislature finds and declares that it may be desirable and appropriate for certain boards and commissions created by the Legislature which may be called upon to review, adjudicate or reverse administrative actions and decisions of agencies of the state to be fiscally and functionally independent of the agency or agencies reviewed, to issue rules and manage day-to-day operations independently, and to function as independent and autonomous instrumentalities of the state.

(b) To achieve this purpose, the governor may by executive order provide for the transfer from the departments and agencies of the state of any or all of the following boards or commissions which are appellate bodies or were otherwise established to be independent decisionmakers:

(1) Human rights commission provided for in article eleven, chapter five of this code;

(2) Workers compensation appeals board and office of judges provided for in article five, chapter twenty-three of this code;

(3) Air quality board provided for in article two, chapter twenty-two-b of this code;

(4) Environmental quality board provided for in article three, chapter twenty-two-b of this code;

(5) Surface mine board provided for in article four, chapter twenty-two-b of this code;

(6) Board of appeals provided for in article five, chaptertwenty-two-a of this code; and

(7) Shallow gas well review board provided for in article eight, chapter twenty-two-c of this code.

(c) Upon any transfer by executive action authorized in subsection (b) of this section, the governor may provide for administrative support by a department or agency of the state to the board or commission transferred in the same manner as is provided by a department secretary and for liaison with the office of the governor with respect to budgetary and administrative matters through a department or agency of the state: Provided, That nothing in this section shall be construed to affect the existence, powers, authority and duties of independent boards and commissions or the membership, terms and qualifications of members of such boards and commissions.

(d) The authority to make transfers as provided in subsection (a) of this section shall expire on the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-five. Upon the exercise of the powers granted in subsection (b) of this section, the governor shall submit to the Legislature a report setting forth the reorganization implemented by executive action pursuant to this section, any recommendations for further reorganization requiring legislative action and drafts of any recommended legislation for consideration by the Legislature during the regular session in the year one thousand nine hundred ninety-five to conform this code to the reorganization implemented by executive action.

(e) Upon transfers as authorized in subsection (a) of this section, the governor may transfer the funds appropriated to the department or agency of the state attributable to the functions of the board or commission transferred in order to implement the transfer: Provided, That the authority to transfer funds under this section shall expire on the thirtieth day of June, one thousand nine hundred ninety-five: Provided, however, That no funds may be transferred from a special revenue account, dedicated account, capital expenditure account or any other dedicated account or fund for any use or purpose other than the purpose for which the account or fund is dedicated.

(f) Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect the consolidation of legal, technical and support personnel and of procedures of the air quality board, environmental quality board and surface mining board provided for in article one, chapter twenty-two-b of this code.