§19-1C-3. Livestock Care Standards Board.
(a) On July 1, 2010, there is hereby created the Livestock Care Standards Board.

(b) Prior to July 1, 2010, the Governor shall appoint, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, the following eleven members:

(1) One member who is a veterinarian licensed in this state engaging in large animal practice, for a term of two years;

(2) The dean of the agriculture department of a college or university located in this state, for a term of three years;

(3) One member representing a county humane society that is organized under state law, for a term of four years;

(4) One member who is knowledgeable about food safety in this state, for a term of five years;

(5) Two members of the public representing West Virginia consumers, one for a term of two years and one for a term of four years;

(6) Two members representing state agricultural organizations that represent farmers, one of whom must be a member of the largest organization in the state representing farmers for a term of three years, and the other must be a member of a statewide livestock organization, for a term of five years; and

(7) Three members representing family farms engaged in animal production, at least two of whom are family farmers, for the following terms: one for three years, one for four years and one for five years.

(c) After the initial appointment terms, the appointment term is five years. Appointed members may be reappointed for additional terms.

(d) Commencing July 1, 2010, the board consists of the following thirteen members:

(1) The Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture or his or her designee, ex officio non-voting, who is the chairperson of the board;

(2) The Director of the Animal Health Division, ex officio non-voting;

(3) One member who is a veterinarian licensed in this state engaging in large animal practice;

(4) The dean of the agriculture department of a college or university located in this state;

(5) One member representing a county humane society that is organized under state law;

(6) One member who is knowledgeable about food safety in this state;

(7) Two members of the public representing West Virginia consumers;

(8) Two members representing state agricultural organizations that represent farmers, one of whom must be a member of the largest organization in the state representing farmers, and the other must be a member of a statewide livestock organization; and

(9) Three members representing family farms engaged in animal production, at least two of whom are family farmers.

(e) All members must be residents of this state during their terms. No more than seven members of the board may be of the same political party and no more than five may be from the same congressional district at any given time.

(f) All appointed members serve until their successor has been appointed and qualified. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the remainder of the unexpired term.