(A) The purpose of the child care advisory council (the council) is to assist and advise the department in the administration and development of child care according to division (A) of section 5104.08 of the Revised Code.
(B) The council shall be comprised of seven non-voting members and twenty-two voting members appointed by the director of job and family services with the approval of the governor and shall include:
(1) The director of job and family services, the director of mental retardation and developmental disabilities, the director of mental health, the superintendent of public instruction, the director of health, the director of commerce, and state fire marshal who shall serve as nonvoting members. Each nonvoting member may appoint a designee.
(2) Six members representing child care centers subject to licensing, including nonprofit and proprietary. These centers shall represent different geographical areas of the state.
(3) Three members who are representatives of in-home aides, type A homes, certified type B homes, type B homes, or head start programs.
(4) A minimum of three members who are parents, guardians, or custodians of children receiving child care or publicly funded child care in the child's own home, a center, a type A home, a head start program, a certified type B home, or a type B home at the time of appointment.
(5) A minimum of six members who represent county departments of job and family services.
(6) The remaining members who are representatives of the teaching, child development, and health professions and other individuals interested in the welfare of children. At least six members of the council shall not be employees or licensees of child care centers, head start programs, or type A homes, or providers operating certified type B homes, type B homes or in-home aides.
(C) Appointed members shall serve a three-year term. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired terms. A member of the council is subject to removal by the director of job and family services for a willful and flagrant exercise of authority or power that is not authorized by law. This includes refusal or willful neglect to perform any official duty as a member of the council or for being guilty of misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance, or gross neglect of duty as a member of the council.
(D) Members of the council shall serve without compensation, but shall receive reimbursement for necessary expenses.
(E) The council shall have two co-chairpersons. One co-chairperson shall be the director of the department of job and family services or the director's designee, and one co-chairperson shall be elected by the voting members of the council.
(F) The council shall meet at least once in each quarter of each calendar year and at the call of the co-chairpersons. The co-chairpersons or their designee shall send to each member a written notice of the date, time, and place of each meeting.
(G) The council shall advise the director on matters affecting the licensing of child care centers and type A homes and the certification of type B child care homes and in-home aides.
(H) The council may establish guidelines and procedures necessary for the effective operation of council business.
(I) The council shall make an annual report to the director of the department of job and family services that addresses the availability, affordability, accessibility, and quality of action that the council has proposed to the director during the preceding fiscal year. The director shall provide copies of the report to the governor, speaker, and minority leader of the house of representatives, and the president and minority leader of the senate and, on request, shall make copies available to the public.