183.12 Southern Ohio agricultural and community development foundation.

There is hereby created the southern Ohio agricultural and community development foundation, the general management of which is vested in a board of trustees of sixteen members as follows:

(A) The director of agriculture or the director's designee, the director of development or the director's designee, the executive director of the Ohio rural development partnership, and the director of the Ohio state university extension or the director's designee, who shall serve as ex officio officers;

(B) Two residents of major tobacco-producing counties with experience in local agricultural economic development or community development, who shall be appointed by the governor;

(C) Three active farmers from major tobacco-producing counties, who shall be appointed by the governor, two of whom shall be appointed from a list of at least four individuals recommended by the Ohio farm bureau and one of whom shall be appointed from a list of at least two individuals recommended by the farmers' union;

(D) Three active tobacco farmers from major tobacco-producing counties, who shall be appointed by the governor from a list of at least six individuals recommended by the Ohio tobacco growers association;

(E) One nonvoting member, who shall be a member of the house of representatives of the political party of which the speaker of the house of representatives is a member and who shall be appointed by the speaker;

(F) One nonvoting member, who shall be a member of the house of representatives of the major political party of which the speaker of the house of representatives is not a member and who shall be appointed by the speaker;

(G) One nonvoting member, who shall be a member of the senate of the political party of which the president of the senate is a member and who shall be appointed by the president;

(H) One nonvoting member, who shall be a member of the senate of the major political party of which the president of the senate is not a member and who shall be appointed by the president.

The appointments of the governor shall be with the advice and consent of the senate.

Terms of office for the members appointed by the governor shall be for five years. The terms of legislative members shall be for the biennial session of the general assembly in which they are appointed. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of that term. Any member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. The governor may remove any non-legislative member for malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance after a hearing in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

A vacancy on the board shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.

The members of the board shall serve without compensation, but shall receive their reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the conduct of foundation business.

Sections 101.82 to 101.87 of the Revised Code do not apply to the foundation.

As used in this section, "major tobacco-producing counties" means any of the counties, ranked in descending order of pounds produced, where ninety-five per cent of the 1998 burley tobacco quota for the state was produced.

Cite as R.C. § 183.12

History. Effective Date: 09-19-2002; 04-15-2005