(A) There is hereby created an unemployment compensation advisory council appointed as follows:
(1) Three members who on account of their vocation, employment, or affiliations can be classed as representative of employers and three members who on account of their vocation, employment, or affiliation can be classed as representatives of employees appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. All appointees shall be persons whose training and experience qualify them to deal with the difficult problems of unemployment compensation, particularly with respect to the legal, accounting, actuarial, economic, and social aspects of unemployment compensation;
(2) The chairpersons of the standing committees of the senate and the house of representatives to which legislation pertaining to Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code is customarily referred;
(3) Two members of the senate appointed by the president of the senate; and
(4) Two members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.
The speaker and the president shall arrange that of the six legislative members appointed to the council, not more than three are members of the same political party.
(B) Members appointed by the governor shall serve for a term of four years, each term ending on the same day as the date of their original appointment. Legislative members shall serve during the session of the general assembly to which they are elected and for as long as they are members of the general assembly. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment but only for the unexpired part of a term.
(C) Members of the council shall serve without salary but, notwithstanding section 101.26 of the Revised Code, shall be paid a meeting stipend of fifty dollars per day each and their actual and necessary expenses while engaged in the performance of their duties as members of the council which shall be paid from funds allocated to pay the expenses of the council pursuant to this section.
(D) The council shall organize itself and select a chairperson or co-chairpersons and other officers and committees as it considers necessary. Seven members constitute a quorum and the council may act only upon the affirmative vote of seven members. The council shall meet at least once each calendar quarter but it may meet more often as the council considers necessary or at the request of the chairperson.
(E) The council may employ professional and clerical assistance as it considers necessary and may request of the director of job and family services assistance as it considers necessary. The director shall furnish the council with office and meeting space as requested by the council.
(G) The council shall have access to only the records of the department of job and family services that are necessary for the administration of this chapter and to the reasonable services of the employees of the department. It may request the director, or any of the employees appointed by the director, or any employer or employee subject to this chapter, to appear before it and to testify relative to the functioning of this chapter and to other relevant matters. The council may conduct research of its own, make and publish reports, and recommend to the director, the unemployment compensation review commission, the governor, or the general assembly needed changes in this chapter, or in the rules of the department as it considers necessary.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 6/30/2011.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.
Effective Date: 07-01-2000
Related Legislative Provision: See 129th General AssemblyFile No.39, SB 171, §4