(A) There is hereby created the eTech Ohio commission as an independent agency to advance education and accelerate the learning of the citizens of this state through technology. The commission shall provide leadership and support in extending the knowledge of the citizens of this state by promoting access to and use of all forms of educational technology, including educational television and radio, radio reading services, broadband networks, videotapes, compact discs, digital video on demand (DVD), and the internet. The commission also shall administer programs to provide financial and other assistance to school districts and other educational institutions for the acquisition and utilization of educational technology. The commission is a body corporate and politic, an agency of the state performing essential governmental functions of the state.
(B) The commission shall consist of thirteen members, nine of whom shall be voting members. Six of the voting members shall be representatives of the public. Of the representatives of the public, four shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, one shall be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, and one shall be appointed by the president of the senate. The superintendent of public instruction or a designee of the superintendent, the chancellor of the Ohio board of regents or a designee of the chancellor, and the state chief information officer or a designee of the officer shall be ex officio voting members. Of the nonvoting members, two shall be members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives and two shall be members of the senate appointed by the president of the senate. The members appointed from each chamber shall not be members of the same political party.
(C) Initial terms of office for members appointed by the governor shall be one year for one member, two years for one member, three years for one member, and four years for one member. At the first meeting of the commission, members appointed by the governor shall draw lots to determine the length of the term each member will serve. Thereafter, terms of office for members appointed by the governor shall be for four years. Terms of office for voting members appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate shall be for four years. Any member who is a representative of the public may be reappointed by the member's respective appointing authority, but no such member may serve more than two consecutive four-year terms. Such a member may be removed by the member's respective appointing authority for cause. Any legislative member appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives or the president of the senate who ceases to be a member of the legislative chamber from which the member was appointed shall cease to be a member of the commission. The speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate may remove their respective appointments to the commission at any time.
(D) Vacancies among appointed members shall be filled in the manner provided for original appointments. 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 appointed member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration of that member's term until the member's successor takes office or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.
(E) Members of the commission shall serve without compensation. The members who are representatives of the public shall be reimbursed, pursuant to office of budget and management guidelines, for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of official duties.
(F) The governor shall appoint the chairperson of the commission from among the commission's voting members. The chairperson shall serve a term of two years and may be reappointed. The commission shall elect other officers as necessary from among its voting members and shall prescribe its rules of procedure.
(G) The commission shall establish advisory groups as needed to address topics of interest and to provide guidance to the commission regarding educational technology issues and the technology needs of educators, learners, and the public. Members of each advisory group shall be appointed by the commission and shall include representatives of individuals or organizations with an interest in the topic addressed by the advisory group.
Effective Date: 07-01-2005; 06-30-2006; 2008 HB562 09-22-2008
Related Legislative Provision: See 129th General AssemblyFile No.39,SB 171, §4