3737.94 Public policy governing petroleum underground storage tank release compensation board.

(A) It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the state through the operations of the petroleum underground storage tank release compensation board under sections 3737.90 to 3737.948 of the Revised Code to contribute toward one or more of the following: to preserve and protect the water resources of the state and to prevent, abate, or control the pollution of water resources, particularly ground water, for the protection and preservation of the public health, safety, convenience, and welfare, to assist in the financing of repair and replacement of petroleum underground storage tanks and to improve property damaged by any petroleum releases from those tanks, and to preserve jobs and employment opportunities or improve the economic welfare of the people of the state. In furtherance of that public policy and pursuant to Section 13 of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution, the petroleum underground storage tank release compensation board may determine the amount of reimbursement to responsible persons for costs necessary to improve property damaged by accidental releases of petroleum and to have been incurred in anticipation of reimbursement by the board and may issue revenue bonds payable solely from revenues of the board to pay the costs incurred by the responsible person for improving the property. Determination by the board that the amount of reimbursement is or was necessary to improve property so damaged and was incurred in anticipation of reimbursement by the board shall be conclusive for the purposes of issuance of revenue bonds.

(B) The board may, from time to time, issue revenue bonds of the state in such principal amount as determined by the board to be necessary to implement division (A) of this section. Determination by the board that the issuance of revenue bonds is necessary to implement division (A) of this section shall be conclusive. Every issue of bonds shall be special obligations of the board payable solely from premiums, charges, and fees collected by or on behalf of the board from responsible persons and by resolution of the board pledged for such payment, without preference or priority of the first bonds issued, subject only to any agreements with the holders of particular bonds pledging any particular revenues. Such a pledge is valid and binding from the time the pledge is made, and the revenues so pledged and thereafter received by the board are immediately subject to the lien of the pledge without any physical delivery thereof or further act. The lien of any such pledge is valid and binding as against all parties having claims of any kind in tort, contract, or otherwise against the board, irrespective of whether the parties have notice thereof. Neither the resolution nor any trust agreement by which a pledge is created need be filed or recorded except in the records of the board. Premiums, charges, and fees received by the board and pledged in accordance with this division shall be expended or set aside as may be provided in the resolution or trust agreement securing the revenue bonds in such funds and in such manner as may be provided in the resolution or trust agreement.

(C) Whether or not the bonds are of such form and character as to be negotiable instruments, the bonds shall have all the qualities and incidents of negotiable instruments, subject only to the provisions of the bonds for registration as provided in division (D) of this section.

(D) The board shall authorize revenue bonds by resolution. The bonds shall bear such date or dates and shall mature at such time or times not exceeding forty years from the date of issue as the resolution or resolutions provide. The bonds shall bear interest at such rate or rates, which may be a variable rate or rates and may contain a maximum rate, be in such denominations, be in such form, either coupon or registered, carry such registration privileges, be payable in such medium of payment, at such place or places, and be subject to such terms of redemption and other terms as the board authorizes. The bonds of the board may be sold by the board, at public or private sale, at or not less than the price or prices the board determines. The chairman and vice-chairman of the board shall execute the bonds, either or both of whom may use a facsimile signature; the official seal of the board or a facsimile thereof shall be affixed thereto or printed thereon and attested, manually or by facsimile signature, by the chairman of the board; and any coupons attached thereto shall bear the signature or facsimile signature of the chairman of the board. In case any officer whose signature, or a facsimile of whose signature, appears on any bonds or coupons ceases to be an officer before delivery of the bonds, the signature or facsimile remains sufficient for all purposes the same as if he had remained in office until delivery, and in case the seal of the board has been changed after a facsimile has been imprinted on such bonds, the facsimile seal remains sufficient for all purposes.

(E) Any resolution or resolutions authorizing any bonds or any issue thereof may contain provisions, subject to such agreements with bondholders as may then exist, which provisions shall be a part of the contract with the holders thereof, as to the:

(1) Pledging of any payments received and of any revenues of the board to secure the payment of the revenue bonds or of any issue thereof;

(2) Use and disposition of the revenues of the board;

(3) Setting aside of reserve funds or replacement and improvement funds and the regulation and disposition thereof;

(4) Crediting of the proceeds of the sale of bonds to and among the funds referred to or provided for in the resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds;

(5) Limitations on the purpose to which the proceeds of the sale of the bonds may be applied and pledging the proceeds to secure the payment of the bonds or of any issue thereof;

(6) Limitations on the issuance of additional bonds;

(7) Terms upon which additional bonds may be issued and secured;

(8) Procedure, if any, by which the terms of any contract with bondholders may be amended or abrogated, the amount of bonds the holders of which must consent thereto, and the manner in which that consent may be given;

(9) Limitations on the amount of moneys to be expended by the board for operating, administrative, or other expenses of the board;

(10) Securing any bonds by a trust agreement;

(11) Bond insurance, letters of credit, and related agreements;

(12) Any other terms of the revenue bonds or other matters, of like or different character, that in any way affect the security or protection of the bonds.

(F) The board may appoint paying agents, bond registrars, authenticating agents, securities depositories, and transfer agents, retain the services of financial advisers, attorneys, and accounting experts, and retain or contract for the services of marketing, remarketing, indexing, and administrative agents, other consultants, and independent contractors, including printing services, as are necessary in the board's judgment to carry out sections 3737.90 to 3737.948 of the Revised Code. Financing costs are payable, as provided in the bond proceedings, from the proceeds of the obligations or from other moneys available for that purpose.

(G) Neither the members of the board nor any person executing the bonds is liable personally on the bonds or is subject to any personal liability or accountability by reason of the issuance thereof.

Effective Date: 07-11-1989.