3704.19 Small business stationary source technical and environmental compliance assistance council.

(A) There is hereby created within the environmental protection agency the small business stationary source technical and environmental compliance assistance council. The council shall consist of the following seven members:

(1) Two members who are not owners or representatives of owners of small business stationary sources to represent the general public, to be appointed by the governor;

(2) Four members who are owners or representatives of owners of small business stationary sources, one each to be appointed by the president of the senate, the minority leader of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the minority leader of the house of representatives;

(3) One member to represent the agency, to be appointed by the director of environmental protection.

Initial members of the council shall be appointed not later than one year after the effective date of this section. One of the initial members appointed by the governor, the initial member appointed by the minority leader of the senate, and the initial member appointed by the minority leader of the house of representatives shall serve for a term of two years. One of the initial members appointed by the governor, the initial member appointed by the president of the senate, and the initial member appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives shall serve for a term of four years. Thereafter, terms of office shall be for four years, with each term ending on the same day of the same month as did the term that it succeeds. Each member shall hold office from the date of his appointment until the end of the term for which he was appointed. Members may be reappointed. Vacancies 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 his predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of that term. A member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration of his term or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.

Members of the council shall serve without compensation. Members appointed under divisions (A)(1) and (2) of this section shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as members of the council.

(B) The council shall do all of the following:

(1) Review the effectiveness of the small business stationary source technical and environmental compliance assistance program established under section 3704.18 of the Revised Code, difficulties encountered with regard to the program, and the degree and severity of enforcement pursuant to it;

(2) Make periodic reports to the administrator concerning the compliance of the small business stationary source technical and environmental compliance assistance program with the "Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980," 94 Stat. 2812, 44 U.S.C.A. 3501 , as amended, the "Regulatory Flexibility Act," 94 Stat. 1164 (1980), 5 U.S.C.A. 601 , and the "Equal Access to Justice Act," 94 Stat. 2325 (1980), 5 U.S.C.A. 504 , as amended;

(3) Review information prepared for small business stationary sources under sections 3704.18 and 3706.19 of the Revised Code to ensure that the information is understandable to the layperson;

(4) Request the program office in the agency that is established in division (B) of section 3704.18 of the Revised Code to provide technical and clerical support for the council.

Effective Date: 10-29-1993

Related Legislative Provision: See 129th General AssemblyFile No.39, SB 171, §4