(A) There is hereby created the commodity advisory commission consisting of seven members to be appointed by the director of agriculture. Not later than January 1, 1983, the director shall make appointments to the commission. Of the initial appointments, three shall be for terms ending January 1, 1984, two shall be for terms ending January 1, 1985, and two shall be for terms ending January 1, 1986. Thereafter, terms of office shall be for three years, each term ending on the same day of the same month of the year as did the term that it succeeds. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was 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 the 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.
(B) The commission shall at all times be composed of three farmers who are engaged primarily in the production of agricultural commodities, one licensed handler who is the manager of a farmers cooperative, one licensed handler who is the owner and operator of a warehouse located in a rural area, one licensed handler representing a warehouse located at a major agricultural commodity transportation center, and one banker who is an officer of a rural bank. The director shall designate annually one member of the commission to serve as its chairperson and, after notice and public hearing, may remove any member only for neglect of duty or malfeasance in office.
(C) A vacancy on the commission shall not impair the right of the other members to exercise all of the commission's powers. Four members shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of business of the commission.
(D) The commission shall meet at least three times annually at times that the commission shall set by rule and may meet at other times that the chairperson or a majority of the commission members considers appropriate, provided that no meeting shall be held on the call of the chairperson unless at least seven days' written notice is first given to all members of the commission.
(E) Each member shall be reimbursed for the member's actual and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of duties as a commission member.
(F) The commission may adopt, amend, or rescind rules or procedures governing the conduct of its internal affairs.
(G) The commission may request from the director, and the director shall provide, meeting space, assistance, services, and data to enable it to carry out its functions.
(H) All costs of the commission, including all of the expenses of its members and consultants authorized in this section, shall be paid from the commodity handler regulatory program fund created in section 926.19 of the Revised Code pursuant to itemized vouchers approved by the chairperson of the commission and the director.
(I) The director shall designate an official or employee of the department of agriculture to act as the executive secretary of the commission. The director also may request the attendance at meetings of the commission consultants with expertise in agricultural law, marketing, statistics, or any other subject to advise and consult with the commission on matters on the agenda of any regular or special meeting of the commission. The expenses incurred by consultants attending those meetings shall be reimbursed according to division (H) of this section. The executive secretary shall keep or cause to be kept a permanent journal of all meetings, proceedings, findings, determinations, and recommendations of the commission, including an itemized statement of the expenses allowed to each member of the commission and consultants under this section. The journal shall be a public record.
(J) In addition to the authority granted in division (F) of section 926.05, division (B) of section 926.17, divisions (A) and (C) of section 926.18, and division (B) of section 926.19 of the Revised Code, the commission shall advise and counsel the director on all matters relating to:
(1) The administration of this chapter;
(2) The development of rules authorized by section 926.02 of the Revised Code;
(3) Any other matters that the commission and the director consider appropriate in carrying out this chapter.
Effective Date: 07-29-1998; 11-05-2004
Related Legislative Provision: See 129th General AssemblyFile No.39,SB 171, §4