(A) The agricultural financing commission shall consist of nine members. Six of the members shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. The director of agriculture, the director of development, and the treasurer of state or, in their absence, their designees, shall also be voting members of the commission. Of the six appointed members, three shall have experience in agriculture, and three shall have experience in agricultural finance, including lending and loan servicing. No more than four of the appointed members of the commission shall be of the same political party. The speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate shall each recommend to the governor one person for consideration as one of the governor's appointments. Terms of office for appointed members shall be for six years commencing on the first day of February and ending on the thirty-first day of January. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which appointed. 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 that term. Any appointed 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 appointed member may be removed from office by the governor for misfeasance, nonfeasance, or malfeasance in office, or for failure to attend in person three consecutive meetings of the commission.
(B) The director of agriculture shall be the chairperson of the commission. The commission shall elect one of its appointed members as vice-chairperson and such other officers as it considers necessary, who need not be members of the commission. Each appointed member of the commission shall receive compensation at the rate of fifty dollars per commission meeting attended in person, not to exceed a maximum of three thousand dollars per year. All members shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of their official duties. Members of the commission shall file with the Ohio ethics commission the disclosure statement described in division (A) of section 102.02 of the Revised Code on the form prescribed by the Ohio ethics commission and subject to divisions (C) and (D) of that section.
(C) Five members of the commission constitute a quorum, and the affirmative vote of five members shall be necessary for any action taken by the commission. No vacancy in membership of the commission impairs the right of a quorum to exercise all the rights and perform all the duties of the commission. Meetings of the commission may be held at any place within the state. Meetings of the commission, including notice of the place of meetings, shall comply with section 121.22 of the Revised Code.
Effective Date: 09-29-1999