4112.12 Commission on African-American males.

(A) There is hereby created the commission on African-American males, which shall consist of not more than twenty-five members as follows: the directors or their designees of the departments of health, development, mental health and addiction services, and job and family services; the equal employment opportunity officer of the department of administrative services or the equal employment opportunity officer's designee; the executive director or the executive director's designee of the Ohio civil rights commission; the executive director or the executive director's designee of the division of criminal justice services in the department of public safety; the superintendent of public instruction; the chancellor or the chancellor's designee of the Ohio board of regents; two members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives each of whom shall be members of different political parties; and two members of the senate appointed by the president of the senate each of whom shall be members of different political parties. The members who are members of the general assembly shall be nonvoting members. The Ohio state university African American and African studies community extension center, in consultation with the governor, shall appoint four members from the private corporate sector, at least four members from the public sector, and two members from the nonprofit sector.

(B) Terms of office shall be for three years, except that members of the general assembly appointed to the commission shall be members only so long as they are members of the general assembly. Each term ends on the same day of the same month as did the term that it succeeds. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member 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 date of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office as a member for the remainder of that term. 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 commission annually shall elect a chairperson from among its members.

(C) Members of the commission and members of subcommittees appointed under division (B) of section 4112.13 of the Revised Code shall not be compensated, but shall be reimbursed for their necessary and actual expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.

(D) The Ohio state university African American and African studies community extension center, in consultation with the governor, shall appoint an executive director of the commission on African-American males, who shall be in the unclassified civil service. The executive director shall supervise the commission's activities and report to the commission and to the Ohio state university African American and African studies community extension center on the progress of those activities. The executive director shall do all things necessary for the efficient and effective implementation of the duties of the commission.

The responsibilities assigned to the executive director do not relieve the members of the commission from final responsibility for the proper performance of the requirements of this division.

(E) The commission on African-American males shall do all of the following:

(1) Employ, promote, supervise, and remove all employees, as needed, in connection with the performance of its duties under this section;

(2) Maintain its office in Columbus;

(3) Acquire facilities, equipment, and supplies necessary to house the commission, its employees, and files and records under its control, and to discharge any duty imposed upon it by law. The expense of these acquisitions shall be audited and paid for in the same manner as other state expenses.

(4) Establish the overall policy and management of the commission in accordance with this chapter;

(5) Follow all state procurement requirements;

(6) Implement the policies and plans of the Ohio state university African American and African studies community extension center as those policies and plans are formulated and adopted by the Ohio state university African American and African studies community extension center;

(7) Report to the Ohio state university African American and African studies community extension center on the progress of the commission on African-American males in implementing the policies and plans of the Ohio state university African American and African studies community extension center.

(F) The commission on African-American males may:

(1) Hold sessions at any place within the state, except that the commission on African-American males shall meet at least quarterly;

(2) Establish, change, or abolish positions, and assign and reassign duties and responsibilities of any employee of the commission on African-American males as necessary to achieve the most efficient performance of its functions.

(G) The Ohio state university African American and African studies community extension center shall establish the overall policy and management of the commission on African-American males and shall direct, manage, and oversee the commission. The Ohio state university African American and African studies community extension center shall develop overall policies and plans, and the commission on African-American males shall implement those policies and plans. The commission on African-American males, through its executive director, shall keep the Ohio state university African American and African studies community extension center informed as to the activities of the commission on African-American males in such manner and at such times as the Ohio state university African American and African studies community extension center shall determine.

The Ohio state university African American and African studies community extension center may prescribe duties and responsibilities of the commission on African-American males in addition to those prescribed in section 4112.13 of the Revised Code.

(H) The Ohio state university African American and African studies community extension center annually shall contract for a report on the status of African Americans in this state. Issues to be evaluated in the report shall include the criminal justice system, education, employment, health care, and housing, and such other issues as the Ohio state university African American and African studies community extension center may specify. The report shall include policy recommendations relating to the issues covered in the report.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Effective Date: 07-01-2000; 06-30-2005; 2007 HB119 09-29-2007; 2008 HB562 09-22-2008

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