(A) If the department of health establishes the advisory panel as permitted by division (B)(3) of section 3701.77 of the Revised Code, the department shall coordinate the panel to provide input and counsel regarding the lupus education and awareness program.
(B) If the panel is established, all of the following apply:
(1) Individuals and organizations may submit to the department nominations for appointments to the panel. Each panel member shall have familiarity with lupus and issues that surround lupus.
(2) The panel shall be comprised of the following members to be appointed by the director of health:
(a) At least three individuals with lupus;
(b) Not more than two representatives from the department;
(c) At least five individuals from lupus nonprofit health organizations, with preference given to individuals from the lupus foundation of America, inc.;
(d) At least five scientists or clinicians with experience in lupus who participate in various fields of scientific endeavor, including the fields of biomedical research, social, translational, behavioral and epidemiological research, and public health.
(3) The department shall select from among the panel members one member to serve as chairperson of the panel.
Members of the panel shall serve terms of two years each. Members may be named to serve a total of two terms and terms may be consecutive.
A majority of the members of the panel constitutes a quorum. A majority vote of a quorum is required for any official action of the panel.
The panel shall meet at the call of the panel chairperson, but not fewer than four times per year.
All members shall serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for actual, necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
(4) The panel shall be responsible for advising the department and the intergovernmental council with respect to the implementation of the lupus education and awareness program. The department shall consult with the advisory panel on a regular basis.
Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 9/10/2012.