135.22 Annual continuing education programs for treasurers.

(A) For purposes of this section:

(1) "Treasurer" has the same meaning as in section 135.01 of the Revised Code, but does not include a county treasurer or the treasurer of state. "Treasurer" includes any person whose duties include making investment decisions with respect to the investment or deposit of interim moneys.

(2) "Subdivision" has the same meaning as in section 135.01 of the Revised Code.

(B) To enhance the background and working knowledge of treasurers in investments, cash management, the collection of taxes, ethics, and in any other subject area that the treasurer of state determines is reasonably related to the duties of a treasurer, the treasurer of state shall provide annual continuing education programs for treasurers. A treasurer annually shall complete the continuing education programs described in this section, unless the treasurer annually provides a notice of exemption described in division (E) of this section.

(C) The treasurer of state shall determine the manner, content, and length of the continuing education programs after consultation with appropriate statewide organizations of local government officials.

(D) Upon successful completion of a continuing education program required by this section, the treasurer of state shall issue a certificate indicating that the treasurer has successfully completed the continuing education program prescribed by the treasurer of state. The treasurer of state shall forward to the auditor of state any certificates issued pursuant to this division by the treasurer of state. The auditor of state shall maintain in the auditor's records any certificates forwarded by the treasurer of state pursuant to this division. As part of the auditor of state's audit of the subdivision conducted in accordance with section 117.11 of the Revised Code, the auditor of state shall report whether the treasurer is in compliance with this section of the Revised Code.

(E) Division (B) of this section does not apply to any treasurer who annually provides a notice of exemption to the auditor of state. The notice shall be certified by the treasurer of state and shall provide that the treasurer is not subject to the continuing education requirements set forth in division (B) of this section, because the treasurer invests or deposits public moneys in the following investments only:

(1) Interim deposits pursuant to division (B)(3) of section 135.14 or section 135.145 of the Revised Code;

(2) No-load money market mutual funds pursuant to division (B)(5) of section 135.14 of the Revised Code;

(3) The Ohio subdivision's fund pursuant to division (B)(6) of section 135.14 of the Revised Code.

(F) In carrying out the duties required by this section, the treasurer of state may charge the subdivision served by the treasurer a registration fee that will meet actual and necessary expenses in connection with the training of the treasurer, including instruction fees, site acquisition costs, and the cost of course materials. Any necessary personal expenses of a treasurer incurred as a result of attending the continuing education courses shall be borne by the subdivision represented by the treasurer.

(G) The treasurer of state may allow any other interested person to attend any of the continuing education programs that are held pursuant to this section, provided that before attending any such continuing education program, the interested person has paid to the treasurer of state the full registration fee set for the continuing education program.

(H) All funds collected pursuant to this section shall be paid into the county treasurer education fund created pursuant to section 321.46 of the Revised Code, and the actual and necessary expenses of the treasurer of state in conducting the continuing education programs required by this section shall be paid from this fund.

(I) The treasurer of state may adopt reasonable rules not inconsistent with this section for the implementation of this section.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Effective Date: 06-15-2004