(A) "Employer" or "public employer," as defined in division (D) of section 145.01 of the Revised Code, does not include a regional council created under Chapter 167. of the Revised Code that meets all of the following criteria:
(1) Membership in the council consists of political subdivisions of Ohio and at least two other states;
(2) The primary purpose of the council is regional transportation planning;
(3) The council was not contributing to the public employees retirement system on July 31, 1997.
(B) If, prior to the effective date of this section, the public employees retirement system determined that a regional council described in division (A) of this section was not a public employer, the system shall not require the council to submit employer and employee contributions for the time period following the date of the determination.
(C) An employee of a regional council described in division (A) of this section shall forever be barred from claiming or purchasing membership rights or service credit under the public employees retirement system for the period of that employee's employment with the regional council.
Effective Date: 09-16-1998 .