There is hereby created the Ohio air quality development authority. Such authority is a body both corporate and politic in this state, and the carrying out of its purposes and the exercise by it of the powers conferred by Chapter 3706. of the Revised Code shall be held to be, and are hereby determined to be, essential governmental functions and public purposes of the state, but the authority shall not be immune from liability by reason thereof.
The authority shall consist of seven members as follows: five members appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, no more than three of whom shall be members of the same political party, and the director of environmental protection and the director of health, who shall be members ex officio without compensation. Each appointive member shall be a resident of the state, and a qualified elector therein. The members of the authority first appointed shall continue in office for terms expiring on June 30, 1971, June 30, 1973, June 30, 1975, June 30, 1977, and June 30, 1978, respectively, the term of each member to be designated by the governor. Appointed members' terms of office shall be for eight years, commencing on the first day of July and ending on the thirtieth day of June. Each appointed member shall hold office from the date of his appointment until the end of the term for which he was appointed. 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 such term. Any appointed member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of his term until his successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. A member of the authority is eligible for reappointment. Each appointed member of the authority, before entering upon his duties, shall take an oath as provided by Section 7 of Article XV, Ohio Constitution. The governor may at any time remove any member of the authority for misfeasance, nonfeasance, or malfeasance in office. The authority shall elect one of its appointed members as chairman and another as vice-chairman, and shall appoint a secretary-treasurer who need not be a member of the authority. Four members of the authority shall constitute a quorum, and the affirmative vote of four members shall be necessary for any action taken by vote of the authority. No vacancy in the membership of the authority shall impair the rights of a quorum by such vote to exercise all the rights and perform all the duties of the authority.
Before the issuance of any air quality revenue bonds under Chapter 3706. of the Revised Code, each appointed member of the authority shall give a surety bond to the state in the penal sum of twenty-five thousand dollars and the secretary-treasurer shall give such a bond in the penal sum of fifty thousand dollars, each such surety bond to be conditioned upon the faithful performance of the duties of the office, to be executed by a surety company authorized to transact business in this state, and to be approved by the governor and filed in the office of the secretary of state. Each appointed member of the authority shall receive an annual salary of five thousand dollars, payable in monthly installments. Each member shall be reimbursed for his actual expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of his duties. All expenses incurred in carrying out Chapter 3706. of the Revised Code shall be payable solely from funds provided under Chapter 3706. of the Revised Code, appropriated for such purpose by the general assembly, or provided by the controlling board. No liability or obligation shall be incurred by the authority beyond the extent to which moneys have been so provided or appropriated.
Effective Date: 06-29-1975