There is hereby created an environmental review appeals commission, consisting of three members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. Terms of office shall be for six years, commencing on the twenty-third day of October and ending on the twenty-second day of October, except that the terms of the first members of the commission shall be for two, four, and six years, respectively, as designated by the governor at the time of the appointment. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of such term. Any 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. Each vacancy shall be filled by appointment within sixty days after the vacancy occurs. Each member shall have extensive experience in pollution control and abatement technology, ecology, public health, environmental law, economics of natural resource development, or related fields. At least one shall be an attorney. Not more than two members shall be of the same political party. At least two members shall represent the public interest. Each member shall serve full time.
The commission may appoint a secretary to hold office at its pleasure. The secretary shall perform such duties as the commission prescribes, and shall receive such compensation as the commission fixes in accordance with schedules as are provided by law for the compensation of state employees. The commission may employ such other employees as are necessary to perform its duties, and such other employees shall be in the classified service. The commission may retain the services of experts, consultants, and intermittent help. The environmental protection agency shall furnish such clerical and stenographic services to the commission as the commission requests and is reasonably available.
Two members constitute a quorum, and no action of the commission shall be valid unless it has the concurrence of at least two members. The commission shall keep a record of its proceedings.
Biennially one member shall be elected as chairperson and another member shall be elected as vice-chairperson. Such officers shall serve for terms of two years.
The governor may remove any member of the commission from office for conflict of interest, malfeasance, or nonfeasance, after delivering written charges to the member together with at least ten days' written notice of the time and place at which the governor will publicly hear the member, either in person or by counsel, in defense of the charges. If the member is removed from office, the governor shall file in the office of the secretary of state a complete statement of the charges made against the member and a complete report of the proceedings thereon. The action of the governor in removing the member from office is final.
The commission shall provide itself and its employees with such offices, equipment, and supplies as are necessary to perform its duties, using those available from the environmental protection agency wherever possible. The commission shall prepare and submit budgets and appropriation requests separate from those of the environmental protection agency, in accordance with section 126.02 of the Revised Code.
Effective Date: 12-02-1996