There is hereby created a hearing aid dealers and fitters licensing board consisting of seven members. The governor shall appoint each member to the board with the advice and consent of the senate. Three members of the board shall be persons currently engaged in the practice of dealing in and fitting of hearing aids in the state, one member shall be an otolaryngologist, one member shall be a clinical audiologist, and two shall be public members. At least one of the public members shall be at least sixty years of age. No more than one dealer serving on the board at any time shall be franchised by or sell the products of the same hearing aid manufacturer. Each member shall be a resident of the state and, except for the public members, shall have been actively engaged in the member's respective practice or profession for at least five years immediately preceding appointment. The director of health or the director's designated representative shall be an ex officio member. Terms of office shall be for four years, commencing on the twenty-sixth day of January and ending on the twenty-fifth day of January, except that of the members first appointed, one member shall be appointed for two years and two members for three years. Each member shall hold office from the date of the member's appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. All appointments to fill vacancies shall be made in the manner prescribed for regular appointments. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor 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. No member shall be reappointed to the board sooner than one year after the expiration of the member's second full term of office. Each member of the board shall receive, as part of the expenses of the board, an amount fixed pursuant to division (J) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code per diem while attending meetings or otherwise engaged in the actual performance of the member's duties with the board. Each member shall also receive, as part of the expenses of the board, an amount for the actual traveling, hotel, and other necessary expenses incurred in the performance of the member's duties. All vouchers of the board shall be approved by the chairperson of the board. The board shall appoint a secretary and may employ, compensate, and prescribe such powers and duties of such officers, employees, and consultants, in accordance with the laws of this state, as are necessary to carry out this chapter. Technical, administrative, or other services shall be performed, insofar as practicable, by personnel of the department of health, and by other state agencies.
Effective Date: 09-29-1997
Note: The amendment to this section by 129th General AssemblyFile No.10, SB 5, §1 was rejected by voters in the November, 2011 election.