(A) There is hereby created the Ohio grape industries committee consisting of nine members. The members shall be the director of agriculture or the director's designee, who shall chair the committee, the superintendent of liquor control or the superintendent's designee, the chief of the division of markets of the department of agriculture, the viticulture extension specialist of the Ohio agricultural research and development center, who shall be a nonvoting member, and five members who shall be residents of this state and appointed by the director of agriculture in accordance with division (B) of this section. At no time shall the director appoint more than five members to the committee.
(B) Of the five members of the committee appointed by the director of agriculture, not less than two, but not more than three shall be persons who receive income from the production of grapes or grape products. Not less than two, but not more than three members shall be persons who receive income from the production of wine from raw grape or fruit products in either raw fruit or fresh juice form. The terms for each appointed member of the committee shall be for three years, commencing on the first day of January and ending on the thirty-first day of December. No appointed member shall serve more than two consecutive terms. The director may remove any appointed member for cause.
(C) Members shall be appointed to fill vacancies caused by death, resignation, or removal in the same manner prescribed for regular appointment to the committee. 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 the term. Any member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of that member's term until that member's successor takes office, or until a period of one hundred eighty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.
(D) All members of the committee are entitled to their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as members, payable from moneys received from the Ohio grape industries fund created under section 924.54 of the Revised Code.
(E) A majority of the committee constitutes a quorum.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 9/10/2012.
Effective Date: 07-23-2004
Related Legislative Provision: See 129th General AssemblyFile No.39, SB 171, §4