There is hereby created within the environmental protection agency the recycling and litter prevention advisory council consisting of thirteen members. The speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint one member of the house of representatives to the council, and the president of the senate shall appoint one member of the senate to the council. If the president of the senate belongs to the same political party as the speaker of the house of representatives, the president shall appoint a member of the senate who belongs to a different political party as recommended by the minority leader of the senate. Each member appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives or the president of the senate shall serve for a term of office of three years. The appropriate appointing authority may fill any vacancy occurring during the term of any member whom the appointing authority has appointed to the advisory council.
The remaining eleven members shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate and shall be persons with knowledge of or experience in recycling or litter prevention programs. The council shall have broad-based representation of interests including agriculture, labor, the environment, manufacturing, wholesale and retail industry, and the public. One of the business members shall be from the commercial recycling industry, and another shall be from an industry required to pay taxes under section 5733.065 of the Revised Code. The director of environmental protection shall not be a member of the council. Terms of office shall be for three years. Each member appointed by the governor shall hold office from the date of the member's appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. In the event of death, removal, resignation, or incapacity of a member of the council appointed by the governor, the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, shall appoint a successor who shall hold office for the remainder of the term for which the successor's predecessor was appointed. A member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. The governor at any time may remove any of the governor's appointees from the council for misfeasance, nonfeasance, or malfeasance in office.
Members of the council may be reappointed.
The council shall hold at least four regular quarterly meetings each year. Special meetings may be held at the behest of the chairperson or a majority of the members. The council annually shall select from among its members a chairperson, a vice-chairperson, and a secretary to keep a record of its proceedings.
A majority vote of the members of the council is necessary to take action on any matter.
A member of the council shall serve without compensation for attending council meetings, but shall be reimbursed for all traveling, hotel, and other ordinary and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of the member's work as a member of the council.
Membership on the council does not constitute holding a public office or position of employment under the laws of this state and does not constitute grounds for removal of public officers or employees from their offices or positions of employment.
The council shall do all of the following:
(A) With the approval of the director of environmental protection, establish criteria by which to certify, and certify, agencies of the state, municipal corporations with a population of more than fifty thousand, counties, and solid waste management districts as eligible to receive grants under section 3736.05 of the Revised Code;
(B) With the approval of the director, establish criteria by which to certify, and certify, political subdivisions for receipt of special grants for activities or projects that are intended to accomplish the purposes of any of the programs established under section 3736.02 of the Revised Code;
(C) Advise the director in carrying out the director's duties under this chapter.
Renumbered from § 1502.04 and amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 9/10/2012.
Effective Date: 03-18-1999; 12-30-2004; 06-27-2005
Related Legislative Provision: See 129th General AssemblyFile No.39, SB 171, §4