101.61 Public office compensation advisory commission.

(A)

(1) The public office compensation advisory commission is created. The commission consists of the following nine voting members: two members appointed by the governor; two members appointed by the president of the senate; two members appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives; one member appointed by the minority leader of the senate; one member appointed by the minority leader of the house of representatives; and one member appointed by the chief justice of the supreme court.

(2) The following are not eligible to be appointed as a member of the commission:

(a) An officer or employee of the state or a political subdivision of the state or a spouse, child, sibling, or parent of an officer or employee of the state or a political subdivision of the state;

(b) An individual who, within twelve months before appointment, was a candidate for election to a public office in the state;

(c) An individual who engages during at least a portion of the individual's time to actively advocate legislation on behalf of another including a legislative agent as defined under section 101.70 of the Revised Code, or an executive agency lobbyist as defined under section 121.60 of the Revised Code.

As used in this section, "actively advocate" has the meaning defined in section 101.70 of the Revised Code.

(3) Terms of members of the commission are for two years. Members may not serve more than four consecutive terms. The commission chairperson shall be selected annually not later than the first day of January by vote of at least five members of the commission. Members are not entitled to compensation, but shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of commission duties. A vacancy among the members of the commission shall be filled in the manner prescribed for the original appointment. A member may be removed from the commission only by that member's designated appointing authority and only if the member's designated appointing authority finds that the member is inefficient or derelict in the discharge of the member's duties.

(B)

(1) The public office compensation advisory commission shall meet as necessary to review the current compensation of each public office in the state whose compensation is set by the general assembly under the Ohio Constitution, Section 20 or 31 of Article II, Section 19 of Article III, or Section 6 of Article IV. The commission shall consider relevant factors such as the amount of compensation paid to similarly skilled individuals in the private sector, the amount of compensation paid to individuals in comparable public offices in other states, and the current financial condition of and within this state.

(2) Annually, not later than the fifteenth day of October, the commission, by vote of at least five of its members, shall prepare a proposed compensation plan and a report of the proposed compensation plan detailing the commission's recommendations. Annually, not later than the fifteenth day of October, the commission shall submit the plan and the report to the president and minority leader of the senate and to the speaker and minority leader of the house of representatives.

Added by 132nd General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 296, §1, eff. 12/27/2018.