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Section 274. The department is authorized to establish and promulgate all rules and regulations, including those pertaining to labeling and sterilization, necessary to carry out the provisions of sections two hundred and seventy to two hundred and seventy-six, inclusive. The department is further authorized to establish further definitions for filling material.

There shall be within the department an advisory board consisting of seven members to be appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the council, and upon the recommendation of the department. Two of said members shall be designated in their original appointments to serve for one year, two for two years and three for three years. Upon the expiration of the term of a member, his successor shall be appointed in the manner aforesaid for three years. Such persons shall be recommended by the department on the basis of their qualifications, as determined by their business and civic interests and affiliations, to represent both the industry and the consumer.

Members of the advisory board shall serve without compensation, and shall meet quarterly and at other times at the discretion of the chairman. They shall receive their necessary travel and other expenses when engaged in the work of the board.

The director of the division directly responsible for the enforcement of this law shall appoint a chairman of the advisory board and shall designate an employee of the division to be secretary.

The board shall:—

(a) Act entirely in an advisory capacity, except as provided in section two hundred and seventy-one. A majority of the members of the board present and voting shall constitute the basis for an official action or recommendation of said board.

(b) Consider all matters submitted to it by the director.

(c) On its own initiative recommend to the department such rules and regulations and any changes thereon which the advisory board may deem important and necessary.

(d) Co-operate in the preparation of rules and regulations supplemental to the provisions of this law.

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