3309.07 Electing employee and retirant members.

(A) All elections for employee or retirant members of the school employees retirement board shall be held under the direction of the board in accordance with rules adopted under section 3309.075 of the Revised Code.

(B) Any member of the school employees retirement system, other than a disability benefit recipient, shall be eligible to be nominated for election as an employee member of the board who has been nominated by a petition that is signed by at least five hundred members and certified in accordance with rules adopted under section 3309.075 of the Revised Code. The petition shall contain the signatures of not less than twenty members each from at least ten counties wherein such members are employed. The petition shall specify the term of office and position. The name of any member so nominated shall be placed upon the ballot by the board as a regular candidate. Other names of eligible candidates may at any election be substituted for the regular candidates by writing such names upon the ballot. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes for any term as member of the board shall be elected for such term on certification of the election results in accordance with rules adopted under section 3309.075 of the Revised Code. In any year in which two employee member or two retirant member positions must be filled, the candidates who receive the highest and second highest number of votes shall be elected to the offices on certification of the election results in accordance with rules adopted under section 3309.075 of the Revised Code.

(C) Any former member of the school employees retirement system described in division (A)(3) of section 3309.05 of the Revised Code is eligible for election as a retirant member of the board to represent former members currently receiving an age and service retirement benefit, a disability benefit, or benefits under a plan established under section 3309.81 of the Revised Code, provided that such person has been nominated by a petition that is certified in accordance with rules adopted under section 3309.075 of the Revised Code and signed by at least one hundred fifty former members of the system who are currently receiving an age and service retirement benefit, a disability benefit, or benefits under a plan established under section 3309.81 of the Revised Code. The petition shall contain the signatures of at least ten such recipients from each of at least five counties wherein recipients of benefits from this system reside. The petition shall specify the term of office and position. The name of any person so nominated shall be placed upon the ballot by the board as a regular candidate. Other names of eligible candidates may at any election be substituted for the regular candidates by writing such names upon the ballot. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes for any term as member of the board shall be elected for such term on certification of the election results in accordance with rules adopted under section 3309.075 of the Revised Code.

No employee member of the board who retires while a member of the board shall be eligible to become a retirant member of the board for three years after the date of the member's retirement.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.146, SB 341, §1, eff. 1/7/2013.

Effective Date: 04-09-2001; 09-15-2004