Public Health Law Section 243*2
Health equity council
1.Appointment of members. There shall be established in the office of health equity a health equity council to consist of the commissioner and fourteen members to be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. Membership on the council shall be reflective of the diversity of the state’s population including, but not limited to, the various underserved populations throughout the state.
2.Terms of office; vacancies.
a.Unless specified otherwise in the bylaws of the health equity council, the terms of office of members of the health equity council may be up to six years. The members of the health equity council shall continue in office until the expiration of their terms and until their successors are appointed and have qualified. Such appointments shall be made by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, within one year following the expiration of such terms.
b.Vacancies shall be filled by appointment by the governor for the unexpired terms within one year of the date upon which such vacancies occur. Any vacancy existing on the effective date of paragraph c of this subdivision shall be filled by appointment within one year of such effective date.
c.In making appointments to the council, the governor shall seek to ensure that membership on the council reflects the diversity of the state’s population including, but not limited to the various underserved populations throughout the state.
a.The health equity council shall meet as frequently as its business may require, and at least twice in each year.
b.The governor shall designate one of the members of the public health and health planning council as its chair.
c.A majority of the appointed voting membership of the health equity council shall constitute a quorum.
4.Compensation and expenses. The members of the council shall serve without compensation other than reimbursement of actual and necessary expenses.
5.Powers and duties. The health equity council shall, at the request of the commissioner, consider any matter relating to the preservation and improvement of health status among the state’s underserved populations, and may advise the commissioner on any recommendations relating to the preservation and improvement of health equity. * NB There are 2 § 243’s
Section 243*2 — Health equity council,
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/PBH/243*2 (updated Aug. 19, 2022; accessed Dec. 2, 2023).