3318.30 Ohio school facilities commission.

(A) There is hereby created the Ohio school facilities commission as an independent agency of the state within the Ohio facilities construction commission, which is created under section 123.20 of the Revised Code. The Ohio school facilities commission shall administer the provision of financial assistance to school districts for the acquisition or construction of classroom facilities in accordance with sections 3318.01 to 3318.33 of the Revised Code.

The Ohio school facilities commission is a body corporate and politic, an agency of state government and an instrumentality of the state, performing essential governmental functions of this state. The carrying out of the purposes and the exercise by the Ohio school facilities commission of its powers conferred by sections 3318.01 to 3318.33 of the Revised Code are essential public functions and public purposes of the state. The Ohio school facilities commission may, in its own name, sue and be sued, enter into contracts, and perform all the powers and duties given to it by sections 3318.01 to 3318.33 of the Revised Code, but it does not have and shall not exercise the power of eminent domain. In its discretion and as it determines appropriate, the Ohio school facilities commission may delegate to any of its members, executive director, or other employees any of the Ohio school facilities commission's powers and duties to carry out its functions.

(B) The Ohio school facilities commission shall consist of seven members, three of whom are voting members. The voting members of the Ohio school facilities commission shall be the director of the office of budget and management, the director of administrative services, and the superintendent of public instruction, or their designees. Of the nonvoting members, two shall be members of the senate appointed by the president of the senate, and two shall be members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house. Each of the appointees of the president, and each of the appointees of the speaker, shall be members of different political parties.

Nonvoting members shall serve as members of the Ohio school facilities commission during the legislative biennium for which they are appointed, except that any such member who ceases to be a member of the legislative house from which the member was appointed shall cease to be a member of the Ohio school facilities commission. Each nonvoting member shall be appointed within thirty-one days of the end of the term of that member's predecessor. Such members may be reappointed. Vacancies of nonvoting members shall be filled in the manner provided for original appointments.

Members of the Ohio school facilities commission shall serve without compensation.

After the initial nonvoting members of the Ohio school facilities commission have been appointed, the Ohio school facilities commission shall meet and organize by electing voting members as the chairperson and vice-chairperson of the Ohio school facilities commission, who shall hold their offices until the next organizational meeting of the Ohio school facilities commission. Organizational meetings of the Ohio school facilities commission shall be held at the first meeting of each calendar year. At each organizational meeting, the Ohio school facilities commission shall elect from among its voting members a chairperson and vice-chairperson, who shall serve until the next annual organizational meeting. The Ohio school facilities commission shall adopt rules pursuant to section 111.15 of the Revised Code for the conduct of its internal business and shall keep a journal of its proceedings. Including the organizational meeting, the Ohio school facilities commission shall meet at least once each calendar quarter.

Two voting members of the Ohio school facilities commission constitute a quorum, and the affirmative vote of two members is necessary for approval of any action taken by the Ohio school facilities commission. A vacancy in the membership of the Ohio school facilities commission does not impair a quorum from exercising all the rights and performing all the duties of the Ohio school facilities commission. Meetings of the Ohio school facilities commission may be held anywhere in the state and shall be held in compliance with section 121.22 of the Revised Code.

(C) The Ohio school facilities commission shall file an annual report of its activities and finances with the governor, speaker of the house of representatives, president of the senate, and chairpersons of the house and senate finance committees.

(D) The Ohio school facilities commission shall be exempt from the requirements of sections 101.82 to 101.87 of the Revised Code.

(E) The Ohio school facilities commission may share employees and facilities with the Ohio facilities construction commission.

Cite as R.C. § 3318.30

History. Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 9/10/2012.

Effective Date: 09-26-2003