(A) There is hereby created the Ohio 9-1-1 council, consisting of eleven members as follows: the Ohio 9-1-1 coordinator, until January 1, 2014; the director of public safety or a designee of the department of public safety selected by the director of public safety, beginning January 1, 2014; and ten members appointed by the governor. In appointing the ten members, the governor shall select at least one representative of public safety communications officials in this state, one representative of administrators of 9-1-1 service in this state, one representative of countywide 9-1-1 systems in this state, three representatives of wireline service providers in this state, and three representatives of wireless service providers in this state. For each such appointment, the governor shall consider a nominee proposed, respectively, by the Ohio chapter of the association of public-safety communications officials, the Ohio chapter of the national emergency number association, the county commissioners association of Ohio; and nominees proposed, respectively, by the Ohio telecom association and the wireless operators of Ohio; or any successor organization of each such entity.
Initial appointments shall be made not later than thirty days after May 6, 2005. Nothing in this section shall prevent the governor from rejecting any of the nominees or requesting that a nominating entity under this division submit the names of alternative nominees for consideration.
(B) The term of the initial appointee to the council representing public safety communications officials and the terms of one of the initial appointees representing wireline service providers and one representing wireless service providers shall expire on January 31, 2007. The term of the initial appointee to the council representing administrators of 9-1-1 service and the terms of another one of the initial appointees representing wireline service providers and another representing wireless service providers shall expire on January 31, 2008. The term of the initial appointee to the council representing countywide 9-1-1 systems and the terms of another one of the initial appointees representing wireline service providers and another representing wireless service providers shall expire on January 31, 2009. Thereafter, terms of appointed members shall be for three years, with each term ending on the same day of the same month as the term it succeeds.
Each council member shall hold office from the date of the member's 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 after 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.
Appointed members shall serve without compensation and shall not be reimbursed for expenses.
(C) The council shall select a chairperson from among the appointed members. Each member shall have one vote in all deliberations of the council. A majority of the voting members constitutes a quorum.
(D) The duties of the council shall consist of both of the following:
(1) Arbitrating or establishing relative to 9-1-1 systems in this state nondiscriminatory, competitively neutral, and uniform technical and operational standards consistent with recognized industry standards and federal law. This authority does not include authority to prescribe the technology that a telephone company or reseller uses to deliver 9-1-1 calls.
(2) Including for the purpose of reporting to the general assembly, conducting research and making recommendations or reports regarding any wireline and wireless 9-1-1 issues, any improvements in the provision of service by 9-1-1 systems in this state, or any legislation or policies concerning such systems;
(3) Regarding the position of Ohio 9-1-1 coordinator, submitting names of nominees and recommended duties as authorized under section 5507.40 of the Revised Code and, at least biennially, conducting and submitting with recommendations to the public utilities commission a performance evaluation of the coordinator.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.188,HB 472, §1, eff. 12/20/2012.
Renumbered from § 4931.68 and amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.166,HB 360, §1, eff. 12/20/2012.