Whenever, by any law, the director of any state department is
made a member of a state board, commission, or committee, or of the
governing body of any state agency or authority, the director may
designate a deputy director of that department holding a position
specified in subdivision (f) or (g) of Section 4 of Article VII of
the California Constitution to act as such member in his or her place
and stead, to all intents and purposes as though the director were
personally present, including the right of the deputy to be counted
in constituting a quorum, to participate in the proceedings of the
board, commission, committee, or other governing body, and to vote
upon any and all matters. Not more than one director shall be
represented by such a deputy at any meeting or session of a board,
commission, committee, or other governing body. The director so
designating such a deputy shall be responsible for the acts of the
deputy acting under such designation in the same manner and to the
same extent that the director is responsible for the acts of the
deputy performing his or her official duties as deputy director of
the department.