113.56 ABLE account program advisory board.

(A) There is hereby created the ABLE account program advisory board, consisting of nine members, composed of the following:

(1) The director of developmental disabilities or the director's designee;

(2) One member of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives;

(3) One member of the senate appointed by the president of the senate;

(4) One member appointed by the governor who is a representative of an intellectual or developmental disability advocacy organization;

(5) One member appointed by the governor who is a representative of a service provider for individuals with disabilities;

(6) One member appointed by the governor who is the parent of a child with a disability and who has significant experience with disability issues;

(7) One member appointed by the governor who is a person with a disability and who has significant experience with disability issues;

(8) Two members appointed by the governor who have significant experience in finance, accounting, investment management, or other areas that may assist the board in carrying out its duties.

(B) Terms of office of the appointed members described in divisions (A)(4) to (8) of this section are for four years, which shall end on the thirty-first day of December. Terms of office of the appointed members described in divisions (A)(2) and (3) of this section shall be for the term of the general assembly. Any member may be reappointed, provided the member continues to meet all other eligibility requirements. Vacancies shall be filled in the manner provided for original appointments. Any such member appointed to fill a vacancy before the expiration of the term for which the predecessor was appointed shall hold office as a member for the remainder of that term. Appointed members of the board serve at the pleasure of the member's appointing authority and may be removed only by that authority.

(C) The member described in division (A)(1) of this section shall call the first meeting of the ABLE account program advisory board, which shall occur not later than sixty days after the effective date of the enactment of this section. At the board's first meeting, members of the board shall elect a chairperson. If a vacancy occurs in the office of chairperson, members shall elect a new chairperson. The board shall meet at least four times each year or more frequently at the call of the chairperson. The board is a public body for purposes of section 121.22 of the Revised Code.

(D) A vacancy on the board does not impair the right of the other members to exercise all the functions of the board. The presence of a majority of the members of the board constitutes a quorum for the conduct of business of the board. The concurrence of at least a majority of the members of the board is necessary for any action to be taken by the board. On request to the treasurer of state, each member of the board shall be reimbursed for the actual and necessary travel expenses incurred in the performance of the member's official duties.

(E)

(1) The board shall do all of the following:

(a) Review the work of the treasurer of state related to the program;

(b) Advise the treasurer on the program as requested by the treasurer;

(c) Make recommendations to the treasurer for the improvement of the program;

(d) On or before the thirty-first day of December of each year, in consultation with the treasurer of state, prepare a report of the board's activities and recommendations and deliver that report to the governor, speaker of the house of representatives, and president of the senate.

(2) The board may prepare reports of the board's activities and recommendations in addition to the report described in division (E)(1)(d) of this section. The board shall deliver such a report to the governor, speaker of the house of representatives, and president of the senate.

(F) The treasurer of state shall provide the board with the resources necessary to conduct its business. The board may accept uncompensated assistance from individuals, research organizations, and other state agencies.

Cite as R.C. § 113.56

Added by 131st General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 155, §1, eff. 10/15/2015.