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Alabama Code Title 31. Military Affairs and Civil Defense § 31-5-3

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(a) The State Board of Veterans' Affairs shall consist of the Governor, as chair, and representatives, to serve for a term of four years from the date of their respective appointments, who shall be selected from the memberships of the Alabama Department of the American Legion, the United Spanish American War Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of WWI of the USA, Incorporated, the Vietnam Veterans of America, AMVETS, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the American Ex-Prisoners of War, Incorporated, the Alabama Alliance of the Military Officers Association of America, Inc., and the Marine Corps League, the nomination of the representatives to be made by the executive committees or similar governing bodies of the respective organizations on the following ratio of the membership as it existed on July 1 of the year in which the appointment is to be made by the Governor in a manner whereby there shall be one representative from each of the organizations for the first 7,500 resident members or fraction thereof, and one additional representative from each organization for each additional 7,500 resident members or fraction thereof. The total memberships of the respective organizations shall be determined on July 1 of the year in which the representatives shall be designated from the state enrollment of each organization as duly verified for correctness by the adjutant or a similar officer of the organization. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the executive committees or similar governing bodies of the above-named organizations shall each nominate to the Governor three veterans who are members of the organizations, for each place on the board to which the organizations are entitled to have a nominee. The nominations shall also include, in representative proportions, veterans of every war which are included in the membership of the organizations. The board shall have authority to grant representation on the board, and on the same basis of membership as provided in this section, to any organization of veterans of the Second World War having a national charter authorized by an act of Congress and operating through local organizations in Alabama. The membership of the board shall be inclusive and reflect the racial, gender, geographic, urban/rural, and economic diversity of the state.

(b) The state board, in conference with the State Service Commissioner, shall be responsible for the adoption of policies, rules, and regulations for its government and for the government of the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

(c) The state board, subject to Section 31-5-6, shall have and exercise all rule-making powers of the department, and may make regulations not inconsistent therewith or with state law that it deems necessary for carrying out this chapter. The board also may alter, repeal, or amend the regulations or any of them. This rule-making power shall include the establishment and promulgation of rules and regulations, including amendments and repeals thereof, with respect to the manner of performance of all functions and duties of the department and the various officers and employees thereof, including the selection and appointment of all service commissioners. All rules and regulations shall be furnished to the Personnel Board, and in accordance therewith, a list of eligibles shall be established therefrom. Competition for places on the eligible lists shall be limited to persons meeting qualifications and requirements set up in the rules and regulations. The rules and regulations shall have the force and effect of law and prima facie evidence thereof may be given in all courts and proceedings by the production of what purports to be an official printed copy of the regulations, alterations, repeal, or amendment.

(d) The state board may establish and operate through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs a state veterans’ cemetery and make application to the government of the United States, or any subdivision, agency, or instrumentality thereof, for funds for the purpose of establishing the cemetery. The department may enter into agreements with any subdivision of the state for assistance in operating the cemetery. The department shall own the land on which the cemetery is located. The department may accept federal grant funds, funding from state subdivisions, donations from private sources, and federal plot allowance payments. All of these funds shall be deposited into the Veterans’ Assistance Fund and may be used only for the establishment, operation, and maintenance of a veterans’ cemetery. The department may accept suitable cemetery land, in accordance with federal veterans’ cemetery grant guidelines, from the federal government, state government, state subdivisions, private sources, and any other source wishing to transfer land for use as a veterans’ cemetery. No funds will be used for these projects from the Education Trust Fund. The State Service Commissioner may execute deeds and other instruments of conveyance for the department. Any deed of cemetery property to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs prior to August 1, 2012, is ratified and confirmed.

(e) The state board shall have the power, and it shall be its duty, to fix the salaries and minimum standards of service and personnel of all service commissioners, and subject to the state Merit System, where applicable, to fix salaries and minimum standards of service and personnel, according to the schedules and rules prescribed by the State Personnel Board, for other employees and personnel.

(f) The state board shall hold meetings at times and places to be prescribed by rules of the state board or as may be designated by the chair.

(g) The presence of a majority of the members at any regular or special meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of all business.

(h) Members of the state board shall be entitled to a per diem, not exceeding twenty-five dollars ($25) per day, to be fixed by the board, and the amount of their traveling and other necessary expenses actually paid out while in attendance at the meetings of the state board or on the business of the state department.

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