Bill Text: OH SB5 | 2011-2012 | 129th General Assembly | Enrolled


Bill Title: To make various changes to laws concerning public employees, including collective bargaining, salary schedules and compensation, layoff procedures, and leave.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Enrolled - Dead) 2011-03-31 - Governor' Action [SB5 Detail]

Download: Ohio-2011-SB5-Enrolled.html
(129th General Assembly)
(Amended Substitute Senate Bill Number 5)



AN ACT
To amend sections 9.81, 9.90, 9.901, 102.02, 103.74, 109.33, 122.40, 122.64, 122.72, 124.11, 124.134, 124.14, 124.15, 124.152, 124.181, 124.322, 124.325, 124.34, 124.38, 124.382, 124.388, 124.39, 124.81, 124.82, 126.32, 141.01, 141.02, 145.012, 145.47, 306.04, 307.054, 339.06, 339.07, 340.04, 505.38, 505.49, 505.60, 709.012, 742.31, 742.63, 749.082, 749.083, 917.03, 927.69, 991.02, 1349.71, 1509.35, 1513.182, 1513.29, 1545.071, 1551.35, 1707.36, 1707.46, 3301.03, 3304.12, 3306.01, 3307.27, 3307.77, 3309.47, 3311.19, 3313.12, 3313.202, 3313.23, 3313.24, 3313.33, 3313.42, 3314.10, 3316.07, 3317.01, 3317.018, 3317.11, 3317.13, 3319.01, 3319.011, 3319.02, 3319.06, 3319.08, 3319.084, 3319.085, 3319.088, 3319.09, 3319.10, 3319.11, 3319.111, 3319.13, 3319.14, 3319.141, 3319.17, 3319.172, 3319.18, 3319.61, 3319.63, 3326.18, 3332.03, 3701.33, 3737.81, 3737.90, 3770.02, 3772.06, 3773.33, 3781.07, 4112.03, 4117.01, 4117.02, 4117.03, 4117.05, 4117.06, 4117.07, 4117.08, 4117.09, 4117.10, 4117.11, 4117.12, 4117.13, 4117.14, 4117.15, 4117.18, 4117.20, 4117.21, 4123.352, 4301.07, 4517.30, 4701.03, 4701.05, 4703.03, 4703.31, 4709.04, 4715.06, 4717.02, 4723.02, 4725.06, 4725.46, 4729.03, 4730.05, 4731.03, 4732.05, 4733.05, 4734.03, 4738.09, 4741.02, 4747.03, 4753.04, 4755.01, 4757.05, 4758.12, 4759.03, 4761.02, 4763.02, 4775.05, 4905.10, 4906.02, 4911.07, 5107.26, 5119.09, 5123.51, 5126.24, 5139.02, 5503.03, 5505.15, and 5703.09, to enact new section 3319.112 and sections 124.94, 4113.80, 4117.081, 4117.104, 4117.105, 4117.106, 4117.107, 4117.108, 4117.109, 4117.141, 4117.26, and 4117.27, and to repeal sections 3317.12, 3317.14, 3319.112, 3319.131, 3319.142, 3319.143, 4117.16, 4117.22, and 4117.23 of the Revised Code to make various changes to laws concerning public employees, including collective bargaining, salary schedules and compensation, layoff procedures, and leave.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:

SECTION 1.  That sections 9.81, 9.90, 9.901, 102.02, 103.74, 109.33, 122.40, 122.64, 122.72, 124.11, 124.134, 124.14, 124.15, 124.152, 124.181, 124.322, 124.325, 124.34, 124.38, 124.382, 124.388, 124.39, 124.81, 124.82, 126.32, 141.01, 141.02, 145.012, 145.47, 306.04, 307.054, 339.06, 339.07, 340.04, 505.38, 505.49, 505.60, 709.012, 742.31, 742.63, 749.082, 749.083, 917.03, 927.69, 991.02, 1349.71, 1509.35, 1513.182, 1513.29, 1545.071, 1551.35, 1707.36, 1707.46, 3301.03, 3304.12, 3306.01, 3307.27, 3307.77, 3309.47, 3311.19, 3313.12, 3313.202, 3313.23, 3313.24, 3313.33, 3313.42, 3314.10, 3316.07, 3317.01, 3317.018, 3317.11, 3317.13, 3319.01, 3319.011, 3319.02, 3319.06, 3319.08, 3319.084, 3319.085, 3319.088, 3319.09, 3319.10, 3319.11, 3319.111, 3319.13, 3319.14, 3319.141, 3319.17, 3319.172, 3319.18, 3319.61, 3319.63, 3326.18, 3332.03, 3701.33, 3737.81, 3737.90, 3770.02, 3772.06, 3773.33, 3781.07, 4112.03, 4117.01, 4117.02, 4117.03, 4117.05, 4117.06, 4117.07, 4117.08, 4117.09, 4117.10, 4117.11, 4117.12, 4117.13, 4117.14, 4117.15, 4117.18, 4117.20, 4117.21, 4123.352, 4301.07, 4517.30, 4701.03, 4701.05, 4703.03, 4703.31, 4709.04, 4715.06, 4717.02, 4723.02, 4725.06, 4725.46, 4729.03, 4730.05, 4731.03, 4732.05, 4733.05, 4734.03, 4738.09, 4741.02, 4747.03, 4753.04, 4755.01, 4757.05, 4758.12, 4759.03, 4761.02, 4763.02, 4775.05, 4905.10, 4906.02, 4911.07, 5107.26, 5119.09, 5123.51, 5126.24, 5139.02, 5503.03, 5505.15, and 5703.09 be amended and new section 3319.112 and sections 124.94, 4113.80, 4117.081, 4117.104, 4117.105, 4117.106, 4117.107, 4117.108, 4117.109, 4117.141, 4117.26, and 4117.27 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:

Sec. 9.81.  After an authorization adopted under section 9.80 of the Revised Code, any public officer or employee of any department or division of the state, any political subdivision or school district thereof, or of any institution supported in whole or in part by the state, a county, or municipal corporation, who desires to make a contribution by the payroll deduction plan to one or more of the specified charitable agencies which are corporations not for profit, community chests, united funds, or other similar united community fund organizations, may be permitted to have such contribution payments deducted from the salary or wages due such public officer or employee by filing a written request and authorization signed by such public officer or employee and specifying the amount of the deduction in each payroll period with the fiscal officer of the state, political subdivision, or school district, or institution by which such public officer or employee is employed. Such authorization may be withdrawn in writing by such public officer or employee at any time. No funds may be withheld from the salary or wages of any such public officer or employee for the purposes permitted by sections 9.80 and 9.81 of the Revised Code unless the withholding is specifically, freely, and voluntarily authorized by that public officer or employee in writing.

Upon receipt of evidence of such request by the appropriate fiscal officer, or upon receipt of a written deduction authorization under division (B)(2) or (C) of section 4117.09 of the Revised Code, such fiscal officer shall make such deduction and shall, at periodic intervals to the extent of the amount collected, pay the designated charitable agencies which are corporations not for profit, community chests, united funds, or other similar united community fund organizations, or the exclusive representative designated under section 4117.05 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 9.90.  (A) The governing board of any public institution of higher education, including without limitation state universities and colleges, community college districts, university branch districts, technical college districts, and municipal universities, may, in addition to all other powers provided in the Revised Code:

(1) Contract for, purchase, or otherwise procure from an insurer or insurers licensed to do business by the state of Ohio for or on behalf of such of its employees as it may determine, life insurance, or sickness, accident, annuity, endowment, health, medical, hospital, dental, or surgical coverage and benefits, or any combination thereof, by means of insurance plans or other types of coverage, family, group or otherwise, and may pay from funds under its control and available for such purpose all or any portion of the cost, premium, or charge for such insurance, coverage, or benefits. However, the governing board, in addition to or as an alternative to the authority otherwise granted by division (A)(1) of this section, may elect to procure coverage for health care services, for or on behalf of such of its employees as it may determine, by means of policies, contracts, certificates, or agreements issued by at least two health insuring corporations holding a certificate of authority under Chapter 1751. of the Revised Code and may pay from funds under the governing board's control and available for such purpose all or any portion of the cost of such coverage.

(2) Make payments to a custodial account for investment in regulated investment company stock for the purpose of providing retirement benefits as described in section 403(b)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended. Such stock shall be purchased only from persons authorized to sell such stock in this state.

Any income of an employee deferred under divisions (A)(1) and (2) of this section in a deferred compensation program eligible for favorable tax treatment under the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, shall continue to be included as regular compensation for the purpose of computing the contributions to and benefits from the retirement system of such employee. Any sum so deferred shall not be included in the computation of any federal and state income taxes withheld on behalf of any such employee.

(B) All or any portion of the cost, premium, or charge therefor may be paid in such other manner or combination of manners as the governing board may determine, including direct payment by the employee in cases under division (A)(1) of this section, and, if authorized in writing by the employee in cases under division (A)(1) or (2) of this section, by such governing board with moneys made available by deduction from or reduction in salary or wages or by the foregoing of a salary or wage increase. Nothing in section 3917.01 or section 3917.06 of the Revised Code shall prohibit the issuance or purchase of group life insurance authorized by this section by reason of payment of premiums therefor by the governing board from its funds, and such group life insurance may be so issued and purchased if otherwise consistent with the provisions of sections 3917.01 to 3917.07 of the Revised Code.

(C) The board of education of any school district may exercise any of the powers granted to the governing boards of public institutions of higher education under divisions (A) and (B) of this section, except in relation to the provision of health care benefits to employees. All health care benefits provided to persons employed by the public schools of this state shall be health care plans that contain best practices established by the school employees health care board pursuant to section 9.901 of the Revised Code. Nothing in this division shall be construed to allow a board of education to bargain collectively regarding the provision of health care benefits as that term is defined in section 124.81 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 9.901.  (A)(1) All health care benefits provided to persons employed by the public school districts of this state shall be provided by health care plans that contain best practices established pursuant to this section by the school employees health care board. Twelve months after the release of best practices by the board all policies or contracts for health care benefits provided to public school district employees that are issued or renewed after the expiration of any applicable collective bargaining agreement must contain best practices established pursuant to this section by the board. Any or all of the health care plans that contain best practices specified by the board may be self-insured. As used in this section, a "public school district" means a city, local, exempted village, or joint vocational school district, and includes the educational service centers associated with those districts but not charter schools.

(2) The board shall determine what strategies are used by the existing medical plans to manage health care costs and shall study the potential benefits of state or regional consortiums of public schools offering multiple health care plans. As used in this section:

(a) A "health care plan" includes group policies, contracts, and agreements that provide hospital, surgical, or medical expense coverage, including self-insured plans. A "health care plan" does not include an individual plan offered to the employees of a public school district, or a plan that provides coverage only for specific disease or accidents, or a hospital indemnity, medicare supplement, or other plan that provides only supplemental benefits, paid for by the employees of a public school district.

(b) A "health plan sponsor" means a public school district, a consortium of public school districts, or a council of governments.

(B) The school employees health care board is hereby created. The school employees health care board shall consist of the following twelve members and shall include individuals with experience with public school district benefit programs, health care industry providers, and health care plan beneficiaries:

(1) Four members appointed by the governor, one of whom shall be representative of nonadministrative public school district employees;

(2) Four members appointed by the president of the senate, one of whom shall be representative of nonadministrative public school district employees;

(3) Four members appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, one of whom shall be representative of nonadministrative public school district employees.

A member of the school employees health care board shall not be employed by, represent, or in any way be affiliated with a private entity that is providing services to the board, an individual school district, employers, or employees in the state of Ohio.

(C)(1) Members of the school employees health care board shall serve four-year terms, but may be reappointed, except as otherwise specified in division (B) of this section.

A member shall continue to serve subsequent to the expiration of the member's term until a successor is appointed. Any vacancy occurring during a member's term shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment, except that the person appointed to fill the vacancy shall be appointed to the remainder of the unexpired term.

(2) Members shall receive compensation fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code and shall be reimbursed from the school employees health care fund for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties as members of the board.

(3) Members may be removed by their appointing authority for misfeasance, malfeasance, incompetence, dereliction of duty, or other just cause.

(D)(1) At the first meeting of the board after the first day of January of each calendar year, the board shall elect a chairperson and may elect members to other positions on the board as the board considers necessary or appropriate. The board shall meet at least nine times each calendar year and shall also meet at the call of the chairperson or four or more board members. The chairperson shall provide reasonable advance notice of the time and place of board meetings to all members.

(2) A majority of the board constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business at a board meeting. A majority vote of the members present is necessary for official action.

(E) The school employees health care board shall conduct its business at open meetings; however, the records of the board are not public records for purposes of section 149.43 of the Revised Code.

(F) The school employees health care fund is hereby created in the state treasury. The board shall use all funds in the school employees health care fund solely to carry out the provisions of this section and related administrative costs.

(G) The school employees health care board shall do all of the following:

(1) Include disease management and consumer education programs, which programs shall include, but are not limited to, wellness programs and other measures designed to encourage the wise use of medical plan coverage. These programs are not services or treatments for purposes of section 3901.71 of the Revised Code.

(2) Adopt and release a set of standards that shall be considered the best practices to which public school districts shall adhere in the selection and implementation of health care plans.

(2)(3) Require that the plans the health plan sponsors administer make readily available to the public all cost and design elements of the plan;

(3)(4) Work with health plan sponsors through educational outlets and consultation;

(4)(5) Maintain a commitment to transparency and public access of its meetings and activity pursuant to division (E) of this section;

(5)(6) Promote cooperation among all organizations affected by this section in identifying the elements for the successful implementation of this section;

(6)(7) Promote cost containment measures aligned with patient, plan, and provider management strategies in developing and managing health care plans;

(7)(8) Prepare and disseminate to the public an annual report on the status of health plan sponsors' effectiveness in making progress to reduce the rate of increase in insurance premiums and employee out of pocket expenses, as well as progress in improving the health status of school district employees and their families.

(H) The sections in Chapter 3923. of the Revised Code regulating public employee benefit plans are not applicable to the health care plans designed pursuant to this section.

(I) The board may contract with one or more independent consultants to analyze costs related to employee health care benefits provided by existing public school district plans in this state. The consultants may evaluate the benefits offered by existing health care plans, the employees' costs, and the cost-sharing arrangements used by public school districts either participating in a consortium or by other means. The consultants may evaluate what strategies are used by the existing health care plans to manage health care costs and the potential benefits of state or regional consortiums of public schools offering multiple health care plans. Based on the findings of the analysis, the consultants may submit written recommendations to the board for the development and implementation of successful best practices and programs for improving school districts' purchasing power for the acquisition of employee health care plans.

(J) The public schools health care advisory committee is hereby created under the school employees health care board. The committee shall make recommendations to the school employees health care board related to the board's accomplishment of the duties assigned to the board under this section. The committee shall consist of eighteen members. The governor shall appoint two representatives each from the Ohio education association, the Ohio school boards association, and a health insuring corporation licensed to do business in Ohio and recommended by the Ohio association of Health Plans health plans. The speaker shall appoint two representatives each from the Ohio association of school business officials, the Ohio federation of teachers, and the buckeye association of school administrators. The president of the senate shall appoint two representatives each from the Ohio association of health underwriters, an existing health care consortium serving public schools, and the Ohio association of public school employees. The initial appointees shall serve until December 31, 2007; subsequent two-year appointments, to commence on the first day of January of each year thereafter, and shall be made in the same manner. A member shall continue to serve subsequent to the expiration of the member's term until the member's successor is appointed. Any vacancy occurring during a member's term shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment, except that the person appointed to fill the vacancy shall be appointed to the remainder of the unexpired term. The advisory committee shall elect a chairperson at its first meeting after the first day of January each year who shall call the time and place of future committee meetings in addition to the meetings that are to be held jointly with the school employees health care board. Committee members are not subject to the conditions for eligibility set by division (B) of this section for members of the school employees health care board.

(K) The board may adopt rules for the enforcement of health plan sponsors' compliance with the best practices standards adopted by the board pursuant to this section.

(L) Any districts providing health care plan coverage for the employees of public school districts shall provide nonidentifiable aggregate claims data for the coverage to the school employees health care board, without charge, within sixty days after receiving a written request from the board. The claims data shall include data relating to employee group benefit sets, demographics, and claims experience.

(M)(1) The school employees health care board may contract with other state agencies for services as the board deems necessary for the implementation and operation of this section, based on demonstrated experience and expertise in administration, management, data handling, actuarial studies, quality assurance, or for other needed services. The school employees health care board may contract with the department of administrative services for central services until such time the board deems itself able to obtain such services from its own staff or from other sources. The board shall reimburse the department of administrative services for the reasonable cost of those services.

(2) The board shall hire staff as necessary to provide administrative support to the board and the public school employee health care plan program established by this section.

(N) Not more than ninety days before coverage begins for public school district employees under health care plans containing best practices prescribed by the school employees health care board, a public school district's board of education shall provide detailed information about the health care plans to the employees.

(O) Nothing in this section shall be construed as prohibiting public school districts from consulting with and compensating insurance agents and brokers for professional services.

(P)(1) Pursuant to Chapter 117. of the Revised Code, the auditor of state shall conduct all necessary and required audits of the board. The auditor of state, upon request, also shall furnish to the board copies of audits of public school districts or consortia performed by the auditor of state.

Sec. 102.02.  (A) Except as otherwise provided in division (H) of this section, all of the following shall file with the appropriate ethics commission the disclosure statement described in this division on a form prescribed by the appropriate commission: every person who is elected to or is a candidate for a state, county, or city office and every person who is appointed to fill a vacancy for an unexpired term in such an elective office; all members of the state board of education; the director, assistant directors, deputy directors, division chiefs, or persons of equivalent rank of any administrative department of the state; the president or other chief administrative officer of every state institution of higher education as defined in section 3345.011 of the Revised Code; the executive director and the members of the capitol square review and advisory board appointed or employed pursuant to section 105.41 of the Revised Code; all members of the Ohio casino control commission, the executive director of the commission, all professional employees of the commission, and all technical employees of the commission who perform an internal audit function; the individuals set forth in division (B)(2) of section 187.03 of the Revised Code; the chief executive officer and the members of the board of each state retirement system; each employee of a state retirement board who is a state retirement system investment officer licensed pursuant to section 1707.163 of the Revised Code; the members of the Ohio retirement study council appointed pursuant to division (C) of section 171.01 of the Revised Code; employees of the Ohio retirement study council, other than employees who perform purely administrative or clerical functions; the administrator of workers' compensation and each member of the bureau of workers' compensation board of directors; the bureau of workers' compensation director of investments; the chief investment officer of the bureau of workers' compensation; the director appointed by the workers' compensation council; all members of the board of commissioners on grievances and discipline of the supreme court and the ethics commission created under section 102.05 of the Revised Code; every business manager, treasurer, or superintendent of a city, local, exempted village, joint vocational, or cooperative education school district or an educational service center; every person who is elected to or is a candidate for the office of member of a board of education of a city, local, exempted village, joint vocational, or cooperative education school district or of a governing board of an educational service center that has a total student count of twelve thousand or more as most recently determined by the department of education pursuant to section 3317.03 of the Revised Code; every person who is appointed to the board of education of a municipal school district pursuant to division (B) or (F) of section 3311.71 of the Revised Code; all members of the board of directors of a sanitary district that is established under Chapter 6115. of the Revised Code and organized wholly for the purpose of providing a water supply for domestic, municipal, and public use, and that includes two municipal corporations in two counties; every public official or employee who is paid a salary or wage in accordance with schedule C of section 124.15 or schedule E-2 of section 124.152 of the Revised Code; members of the board of trustees and the executive director of the southern Ohio agricultural and community development foundation; all members appointed to the Ohio livestock care standards board under section 904.02 of the Revised Code; and every other public official or employee who is designated by the appropriate ethics commission pursuant to division (B) of this section.

The disclosure statement shall include all of the following:

(1) The name of the person filing the statement and each member of the person's immediate family and all names under which the person or members of the person's immediate family do business;

(2)(a) Subject to divisions (A)(2)(b) and (c) of this section and except as otherwise provided in section 102.022 of the Revised Code, identification of every source of income, other than income from a legislative agent identified in division (A)(2)(b) of this section, received during the preceding calendar year, in the person's own name or by any other person for the person's use or benefit, by the person filing the statement, and a brief description of the nature of the services for which the income was received. If the person filing the statement is a member of the general assembly, the statement shall identify the amount of every source of income received in accordance with the following ranges of amounts: zero or more, but less than one thousand dollars; one thousand dollars or more, but less than ten thousand dollars; ten thousand dollars or more, but less than twenty-five thousand dollars; twenty-five thousand dollars or more, but less than fifty thousand dollars; fifty thousand dollars or more, but less than one hundred thousand dollars; and one hundred thousand dollars or more. Division (A)(2)(a) of this section shall not be construed to require a person filing the statement who derives income from a business or profession to disclose the individual items of income that constitute the gross income of that business or profession, except for those individual items of income that are attributable to the person's or, if the income is shared with the person, the partner's, solicitation of services or goods or performance, arrangement, or facilitation of services or provision of goods on behalf of the business or profession of clients, including corporate clients, who are legislative agents. A person who files the statement under this section shall disclose the identity of and the amount of income received from a person who the public official or employee knows or has reason to know is doing or seeking to do business of any kind with the public official's or employee's agency.

(b) If the person filing the statement is a member of the general assembly, the statement shall identify every source of income and the amount of that income that was received from a legislative agent during the preceding calendar year, in the person's own name or by any other person for the person's use or benefit, by the person filing the statement, and a brief description of the nature of the services for which the income was received. Division (A)(2)(b) of this section requires the disclosure of clients of attorneys or persons licensed under section 4732.12 of the Revised Code, or patients of persons certified under section 4731.14 of the Revised Code, if those clients or patients are legislative agents. Division (A)(2)(b) of this section requires a person filing the statement who derives income from a business or profession to disclose those individual items of income that constitute the gross income of that business or profession that are received from legislative agents.

(c) Except as otherwise provided in division (A)(2)(c) of this section, division (A)(2)(a) of this section applies to attorneys, physicians, and other persons who engage in the practice of a profession and who, pursuant to a section of the Revised Code, the common law of this state, a code of ethics applicable to the profession, or otherwise, generally are required not to reveal, disclose, or use confidences of clients, patients, or other recipients of professional services except under specified circumstances or generally are required to maintain those types of confidences as privileged communications except under specified circumstances. Division (A)(2)(a) of this section does not require an attorney, physician, or other professional subject to a confidentiality requirement as described in division (A)(2)(c) of this section to disclose the name, other identity, or address of a client, patient, or other recipient of professional services if the disclosure would threaten the client, patient, or other recipient of professional services, would reveal details of the subject matter for which legal, medical, or professional advice or other services were sought, or would reveal an otherwise privileged communication involving the client, patient, or other recipient of professional services. Division (A)(2)(a) of this section does not require an attorney, physician, or other professional subject to a confidentiality requirement as described in division (A)(2)(c) of this section to disclose in the brief description of the nature of services required by division (A)(2)(a) of this section any information pertaining to specific professional services rendered for a client, patient, or other recipient of professional services that would reveal details of the subject matter for which legal, medical, or professional advice was sought or would reveal an otherwise privileged communication involving the client, patient, or other recipient of professional services.

(3) The name of every corporation on file with the secretary of state that is incorporated in this state or holds a certificate of compliance authorizing it to do business in this state, trust, business trust, partnership, or association that transacts business in this state in which the person filing the statement or any other person for the person's use and benefit had during the preceding calendar year an investment of over one thousand dollars at fair market value as of the thirty-first day of December of the preceding calendar year, or the date of disposition, whichever is earlier, or in which the person holds any office or has a fiduciary relationship, and a description of the nature of the investment, office, or relationship. Division (A)(3) of this section does not require disclosure of the name of any bank, savings and loan association, credit union, or building and loan association with which the person filing the statement has a deposit or a withdrawable share account.

(4) All fee simple and leasehold interests to which the person filing the statement holds legal title to or a beneficial interest in real property located within the state, excluding the person's residence and property used primarily for personal recreation;

(5) The names of all persons residing or transacting business in the state to whom the person filing the statement owes, in the person's own name or in the name of any other person, more than one thousand dollars. Division (A)(5) of this section shall not be construed to require the disclosure of debts owed by the person resulting from the ordinary conduct of a business or profession or debts on the person's residence or real property used primarily for personal recreation, except that the superintendent of financial institutions shall disclose the names of all state-chartered savings and loan associations and of all service corporations subject to regulation under division (E)(2) of section 1151.34 of the Revised Code to whom the superintendent in the superintendent's own name or in the name of any other person owes any money, and that the superintendent and any deputy superintendent of banks shall disclose the names of all state-chartered banks and all bank subsidiary corporations subject to regulation under section 1109.44 of the Revised Code to whom the superintendent or deputy superintendent owes any money.

(6) The names of all persons residing or transacting business in the state, other than a depository excluded under division (A)(3) of this section, who owe more than one thousand dollars to the person filing the statement, either in the person's own name or to any person for the person's use or benefit. Division (A)(6) of this section shall not be construed to require the disclosure of clients of attorneys or persons licensed under section 4732.12 or 4732.15 of the Revised Code, or patients of persons certified under section 4731.14 of the Revised Code, nor the disclosure of debts owed to the person resulting from the ordinary conduct of a business or profession.

(7) Except as otherwise provided in section 102.022 of the Revised Code, the source of each gift of over seventy-five dollars, or of each gift of over twenty-five dollars received by a member of the general assembly from a legislative agent, received by the person in the person's own name or by any other person for the person's use or benefit during the preceding calendar year, except gifts received by will or by virtue of section 2105.06 of the Revised Code, or received from spouses, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, fathers-in-law, mothers-in-law, or any person to whom the person filing the statement stands in loco parentis, or received by way of distribution from any inter vivos or testamentary trust established by a spouse or by an ancestor;

(8) Except as otherwise provided in section 102.022 of the Revised Code, identification of the source and amount of every payment of expenses incurred for travel to destinations inside or outside this state that is received by the person in the person's own name or by any other person for the person's use or benefit and that is incurred in connection with the person's official duties, except for expenses for travel to meetings or conventions of a national or state organization to which any state agency, including, but not limited to, any legislative agency or state institution of higher education as defined in section 3345.011 of the Revised Code, pays membership dues, or any political subdivision or any office or agency of a political subdivision pays membership dues;

(9) Except as otherwise provided in section 102.022 of the Revised Code, identification of the source of payment of expenses for meals and other food and beverages, other than for meals and other food and beverages provided at a meeting at which the person participated in a panel, seminar, or speaking engagement or at a meeting or convention of a national or state organization to which any state agency, including, but not limited to, any legislative agency or state institution of higher education as defined in section 3345.011 of the Revised Code, pays membership dues, or any political subdivision or any office or agency of a political subdivision pays membership dues, that are incurred in connection with the person's official duties and that exceed one hundred dollars aggregated per calendar year;

(10) If the disclosure statement is filed by a public official or employee described in division (B)(2) of section 101.73 of the Revised Code or division (B)(2) of section 121.63 of the Revised Code who receives a statement from a legislative agent, executive agency lobbyist, or employer that contains the information described in division (F)(2) of section 101.73 of the Revised Code or division (G)(2) of section 121.63 of the Revised Code, all of the nondisputed information contained in the statement delivered to that public official or employee by the legislative agent, executive agency lobbyist, or employer under division (F)(2) of section 101.73 or (G)(2) of section 121.63 of the Revised Code.

A person may file a statement required by this section in person or by mail. A person who is a candidate for elective office shall file the statement no later than the thirtieth day before the primary, special, or general election at which the candidacy is to be voted on, whichever election occurs soonest, except that a person who is a write-in candidate shall file the statement no later than the twentieth day before the earliest election at which the person's candidacy is to be voted on. A person who holds elective office shall file the statement on or before the fifteenth day of April of each year unless the person is a candidate for office. A person who is appointed to fill a vacancy for an unexpired term in an elective office shall file the statement within fifteen days after the person qualifies for office. Other persons shall file an annual statement on or before the fifteenth day of April or, if appointed or employed after that date, within ninety days after appointment or employment. No person shall be required to file with the appropriate ethics commission more than one statement or pay more than one filing fee for any one calendar year.

The appropriate ethics commission, for good cause, may extend for a reasonable time the deadline for filing a statement under this section.

A statement filed under this section is subject to public inspection at locations designated by the appropriate ethics commission except as otherwise provided in this section.

(B) The Ohio ethics commission, the joint legislative ethics committee, and the board of commissioners on grievances and discipline of the supreme court, using the rule-making procedures of Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, may require any class of public officials or employees under its jurisdiction and not specifically excluded by this section whose positions involve a substantial and material exercise of administrative discretion in the formulation of public policy, expenditure of public funds, enforcement of laws and rules of the state or a county or city, or the execution of other public trusts, to file an annual statement on or before the fifteenth day of April under division (A) of this section. The appropriate ethics commission shall send the public officials or employees written notice of the requirement by the fifteenth day of February of each year the filing is required unless the public official or employee is appointed after that date, in which case the notice shall be sent within thirty days after appointment, and the filing shall be made not later than ninety days after appointment.

Except for disclosure statements filed by members of the board of trustees and the executive director of the southern Ohio agricultural and community development foundation, disclosure statements filed under this division with the Ohio ethics commission by members of boards, commissions, or bureaus of the state for which no compensation is received other than reasonable and necessary expenses shall be kept confidential. Disclosure statements filed with the Ohio ethics commission under division (A) of this section by business managers, treasurers, and superintendents of city, local, exempted village, joint vocational, or cooperative education school districts or educational service centers shall be kept confidential, except that any person conducting an audit of any such school district or educational service center pursuant to section 115.56 or Chapter 117. of the Revised Code may examine the disclosure statement of any business manager, treasurer, or superintendent of that school district or educational service center. Disclosure statements filed with the Ohio ethics commission under division (A) of this section by the individuals set forth in division (B)(2) of section 187.03 of the Revised Code shall be kept confidential. The Ohio ethics commission shall examine each disclosure statement required to be kept confidential to determine whether a potential conflict of interest exists for the person who filed the disclosure statement. A potential conflict of interest exists if the private interests of the person, as indicated by the person's disclosure statement, might interfere with the public interests the person is required to serve in the exercise of the person's authority and duties in the person's office or position of employment. If the commission determines that a potential conflict of interest exists, it shall notify the person who filed the disclosure statement and shall make the portions of the disclosure statement that indicate a potential conflict of interest subject to public inspection in the same manner as is provided for other disclosure statements. Any portion of the disclosure statement that the commission determines does not indicate a potential conflict of interest shall be kept confidential by the commission and shall not be made subject to public inspection, except as is necessary for the enforcement of Chapters 102. and 2921. of the Revised Code and except as otherwise provided in this division.

(C) No person shall knowingly fail to file, on or before the applicable filing deadline established under this section, a statement that is required by this section.

(D) No person shall knowingly file a false statement that is required to be filed under this section.

(E)(1) Except as provided in divisions (E)(2) and (3) of this section, the statement required by division (A) or (B) of this section shall be accompanied by a filing fee of forty dollars.

(2) The statement required by division (A) of this section shall be accompanied by the following filing fee to be paid by the person who is elected or appointed to, or is a candidate for, any of the following offices:


For state office, except member of the
state board of education $65
For office of member of general assembly $40
For county office $40
For city office $25
For office of member of the state board
of education $25
For office of member of the Ohio
livestock care standards board $25
For office of member of a city, local,
exempted village, or cooperative
education board of
education or educational service
center governing board $20
For position of business manager,
treasurer, or superintendent of a
city, local, exempted village, joint
vocational, or cooperative education
school district or
educational service center $20

(3) No judge of a court of record or candidate for judge of a court of record, and no referee or magistrate serving a court of record, shall be required to pay the fee required under division (E)(1) or (2) or (F) of this section.

(4) For any public official who is appointed to a nonelective office of the state and for any employee who holds a nonelective position in a public agency of the state, the state agency that is the primary employer of the state official or employee shall pay the fee required under division (E)(1) or (F) of this section.

(F) If a statement required to be filed under this section is not filed by the date on which it is required to be filed, the appropriate ethics commission shall assess the person required to file the statement a late filing fee of ten dollars for each day the statement is not filed, except that the total amount of the late filing fee shall not exceed two hundred fifty dollars.

(G)(1) The appropriate ethics commission other than the Ohio ethics commission and the joint legislative ethics committee shall deposit all fees it receives under divisions (E) and (F) of this section into the general revenue fund of the state.

(2) The Ohio ethics commission shall deposit all receipts, including, but not limited to, fees it receives under divisions (E) and (F) of this section and all moneys it receives from settlements under division (G) of section 102.06 of the Revised Code, into the Ohio ethics commission fund, which is hereby created in the state treasury. All moneys credited to the fund shall be used solely for expenses related to the operation and statutory functions of the commission.

(3) The joint legislative ethics committee shall deposit all receipts it receives from the payment of financial disclosure statement filing fees under divisions (E) and (F) of this section into the joint legislative ethics committee investigative fund.

(H) Division (A) of this section does not apply to a person elected or appointed to the office of precinct, ward, or district committee member under Chapter 3517. of the Revised Code; a presidential elector; a delegate to a national convention; village or township officials and employees; any physician or psychiatrist who is paid a salary or wage in accordance with schedule C of section 124.15 or schedule E-2 of section 124.152 of the Revised Code and whose primary duties do not require the exercise of administrative discretion; or any member of a board, commission, or bureau of any county or city who receives less than one thousand dollars per year for serving in that position.

Sec. 103.74.  The correctional institution inspection committee may employ a director and any other nonlegal staff, who shall be in the unclassified service of the state, that are necessary for the committee to carry out its duties and may contract for the services of whatever nonlegal technical advisors are necessary for the committee to carry out its duties. The attorney general shall act as legal counsel to the committee.

The chairperson and vice-chairperson of the legislative service commission shall fix the compensation of the director. The director, with the approval of the director of the legislative service commission, shall fix the compensation of other staff of the committee in accordance with a salary schedule established by the director of the legislative service commission. The director of the legislative service commission, when establishing the salary schedule, shall require performance to be the only basis, and the director of the correctional institution inspection committee shall use performance as the only basis for an employee's progression through the schedule. Contracts for the services of necessary technical advisors shall be approved by the director of the legislative service commission.

The general assembly shall biennially appropriate to the correctional institution inspection committee an amount sufficient to enable the committee to perform its duties. Salaries and expenses incurred by the committee shall be paid from that appropriation upon vouchers approved by the chairperson of the committee.

Sec. 109.33.  The attorney general may appoint, with salaries fixed pursuant to section 124.15 or 124.152 of the Revised Code by the attorney general based on performance, such assistants and may employ such stenographers and clerks as may be necessary to carry out sections 109.23 to 109.33 of the Revised Code. The attorney general may also employ experts for assistance in any specific matter at a reasonable rate of compensation.

Sec. 122.40.  (A) There is hereby created the development financing advisory council to assist in carrying out the programs created pursuant to sections 122.39 to 122.62 and Chapter 166. of the Revised Code.

(B) The council shall consist of eight members appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, who are selected for their knowledge of and experience in economic development financing, one member of the senate appointed by the president of the senate, one member of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, and the director of development or the director's designee. With respect to the council:

(1) No more than four members of the council appointed by the governor shall be members of the same political party.

(2) 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.

(3) The terms of office for the eight members appointed by the governor shall be for five years commencing on the first day of January and ending on the thirty-first day of December. The members appointed by the governor who are serving terms of office of seven years on December 30, 2004, shall continue to serve those terms, but their successors in office, including the filling of a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of those terms, shall be appointed for terms of five years in accordance with this division.

(4) Any member of the council is eligible for reappointment.

(5) As a term of a member of the council appointed by the governor expires, the governor shall appoint a successor with the advice and consent of the senate.

(6) Except as otherwise provided in division (B)(3) of this section, 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 predecessor's term.

(7) 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.

(8) Before entering upon duties as a member of the council, each member shall take an oath provided by Section 7 of Article XV, Ohio Constitution.

(9) The governor may, at any time, remove any nonlegislative member pursuant to section 3.04 of the Revised Code.

(10) Members of the council, notwithstanding section 101.26 of the Revised Code with respect to members who are members of the general assembly, shall receive their necessary and actual expenses while engaged in the business of the council and shall be paid at the a per diem rate of step 1, pay range 31, of established in rules by the director of administrative services under division (A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code.

(11) Six members of the council constitute a quorum and the affirmative vote of six members is necessary for any action taken by the council.

(12) In the event of the absence of a member appointed by the president of the senate or by the speaker of the house of representatives, the following persons may serve in the member's absence: the president of the senate or the speaker of the house, as the case may be, or a member of the senate or of the house of representatives, of the same political party as the development financing advisory council member, designated by the president of the senate or the speaker of the house.

Sec. 122.64.  (A) There is hereby established in the department of development a division of economic development. The division shall be supervised by a deputy director appointed by the director of development.

The division is responsible for the administration of the state economic development financing programs established pursuant to sections 122.17 and 122.18, sections 122.39 to 122.62, and Chapter 166. of the Revised Code and for coordinating the activities of the development financing advisory council so as to ensure the efficient administration of the programs.

(B) The director of development shall:

(1) Appoint an individual to serve as director of the development financing advisory council;

(2) Receive applications for assistance pursuant to sections 122.39 to 122.62 and Chapter 166. of the Revised Code. The director shall process the applications and, except as provided in division (C)(2) of section 166.05 of the Revised Code, forward them to the development financing advisory council. As appropriate, the director shall receive the recommendations of the council as to applications for assistance.

(3) With the approval of the director of administrative services, establish salary schedules for employees of the various positions of employment with the division and assign the various positions to those salary schedules;

(4) Furnish and pay for, out of funds appropriated to the department of development for that purpose, office space and associated utilities service, for the development financing advisory council;

(5) Employ and fix the compensation of financial consultants, appraisers, consulting engineers, superintendents, managers, construction and accounting experts, attorneys, and other agents for the assistance programs authorized pursuant to sections 122.17 and 122.18, sections 122.39 to 122.62, and Chapter 166. of the Revised Code as are necessary;

(6) Supervise the administrative operations of the division;

(7) On or before the first day of October in each year, make an annual report of the activities and operations under assistance programs authorized pursuant to sections 122.39 to 122.62 and Chapter 166. of the Revised Code for the preceding fiscal year to the governor and the general assembly. Each such report shall set forth a complete operating and financial statement covering such activities and operations during the year in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and shall be audited by a certified public accountant. The director of development shall transmit a copy of the audited financial report to the office of budget and management.

(C) The director of development, when establishing the salary schedules required under division (B)(3) of this section, shall use performance as the only basis for an employee's progression through the schedule.

Sec. 122.72.  (A) There is hereby created the minority development financing advisory board to assist in carrying out the programs created pursuant to sections 122.71 to 122.89 of the Revised Code.

(B) The board shall consist of ten members. The director of development or the director's designee shall be a voting member on the board. Seven members shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate and selected because of their knowledge of and experience in industrial, business, and commercial financing, suretyship, construction, and their understanding of the problems of minority business enterprises; one member also shall be a member of the senate and appointed by the president of the senate, and one member also shall be a member of the house of representatives and appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives. With respect to the board, all of the following apply:

(1) Not more than four of the members of the board appointed by the governor shall be of the same political party.

(2) 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.

(3) The terms of office for the seven members appointed by the governor shall be for seven years, commencing on the first day of October and ending on the thirtieth day of September of the seventh year, except that of the original seven members, three shall be appointed for three years and two shall be appointed for five years.

(4) Any member of the board is eligible for reappointment.

(5) 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 predecessor's term.

(6) 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.

(7) Before entering upon official duties as a member of the board, each member shall take an oath as provided by Section 7 of Article XV, Ohio Constitution.

(8) The governor may, at any time, remove any member appointed by the governor pursuant to section 3.04 of the Revised Code.

(9) Notwithstanding section 101.26 of the Revised Code, members shall receive their necessary and actual expenses while engaged in the business of the board and shall be paid at the a per diem rate of step 1 of pay range 31 established in rules adopted by the director of administrative services under division (A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code.

(10) Six members of the board constitute a quorum and the affirmative vote of six members is necessary for any action taken by the board.

(11) In the event of the absence of a member appointed by the president of the senate or by the speaker of the house of representatives, either of the following persons may serve in the member's absence:

(a) The president of the senate or the speaker of the house of representatives, whoever appointed the absent member;

(b) A member of the senate or of the house of representatives of the same political party as the absent member, as designated by the president of the senate or the speaker of the house of representatives, whoever appointed the absent member.

(12) The board shall annually elect one of its members as chairperson and another as vice-chairperson.

Sec. 124.11.  The civil service of the state and the several counties, cities, civil service townships, city health districts, general health districts, and city school districts of the state shall be divided into the unclassified service and the classified service.

(A) The unclassified service shall comprise the following positions, which shall not be included in the classified service, and which shall be exempt from all examinations required by this chapter:

(1) All officers elected by popular vote or persons appointed to fill vacancies in those offices;

(2) All election officers as defined in section 3501.01 of the Revised Code;

(3)(a) The members of all boards and commissions, and heads of principal departments, boards, and commissions appointed by the governor or by and with the governor's consent;

(b) The heads of all departments appointed by a board of county commissioners;

(c) The members of all boards and commissions and all heads of departments appointed by the mayor, or, if there is no mayor, such other similar chief appointing authority of any city or city school district;

Except as otherwise provided in division (A)(17) or (C) of this section, this chapter does not exempt the chiefs of police departments and chiefs of fire departments of cities or civil service townships from the competitive classified service.

(4) The members of county or district licensing boards or commissions and boards of revision, and not more than five deputy county auditors;

(5) All officers and employees elected or appointed by either or both branches of the general assembly, and employees of the city legislative authority engaged in legislative duties;

(6) All commissioned, warrant, and noncommissioned officers and enlisted persons in the Ohio organized militia, including military appointees in the adjutant general's department;

(7)(a) All presidents, business managers, administrative officers, superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, deans, assistant deans, instructors, teachers, and such employees as are engaged in educational or research duties connected with the public school system, colleges, and universities, as determined by the governing body of the public school system, colleges, and universities;

(b) The library staff of any library in the state supported wholly or in part at public expense.

(8) Four clerical and administrative support employees for each of the elective state officers, four clerical and administrative support employees for each board of county commissioners and one such employee for each county commissioner, and four clerical and administrative support employees for other elective officers and each of the principal appointive executive officers, boards, or commissions, except for civil service commissions, that are authorized to appoint such clerical and administrative support employees;

(9) The deputies and assistants of state agencies authorized to act for and on behalf of the agency, or holding a fiduciary or administrative relation to that agency and those persons employed by and directly responsible to elected county officials or a county administrator and holding a fiduciary or administrative relationship to such elected county officials or county administrator, and the employees of such county officials whose fitness would be impracticable to determine by competitive examination, provided that division (A)(9) of this section shall not affect those persons in county employment in the classified service as of September 19, 1961. Nothing in division (A)(9) of this section applies to any position in a county department of job and family services created pursuant to Chapter 329. of the Revised Code.

(10) Bailiffs, constables, official stenographers, and commissioners of courts of record, deputies of clerks of the courts of common pleas who supervise or who handle public moneys or secured documents, and such officers and employees of courts of record and such deputies of clerks of the courts of common pleas as the director of administrative services finds it impracticable to determine their fitness by competitive examination;

(11) Assistants to the attorney general, special counsel appointed or employed by the attorney general, assistants to county prosecuting attorneys, and assistants to city directors of law;

(12) Such teachers and employees in the agricultural experiment stations; such students in normal schools, colleges, and universities of the state who are employed by the state or a political subdivision of the state in student or intern classifications; and such unskilled labor positions as the director of administrative services or any municipal civil service commission may find it impracticable to include in the competitive classified service; provided such exemptions shall be by order of the commission or the director, duly entered on the record of the commission or the director with the reasons for each such exemption;

(13) Any physician or dentist who is a full-time employee of the department of mental health, the department of developmental disabilities, or an institution under the jurisdiction of either department; and physicians who are in residency programs at the institutions;

(14) Up to twenty positions at each institution under the jurisdiction of the department of mental health or the department of developmental disabilities that the department director determines to be primarily administrative or managerial; and up to fifteen positions in any division of either department, excluding administrative assistants to the director and division chiefs, which are within the immediate staff of a division chief and which the director determines to be primarily and distinctively administrative and managerial;

(15) Noncitizens of the United States employed by the state, or its counties or cities, as physicians or nurses who are duly licensed to practice their respective professions under the laws of this state, or medical assistants, in mental or chronic disease hospitals, or institutions;

(16) Employees of the governor's office;

(17) Fire chiefs and chiefs of police in civil service townships appointed by boards of township trustees under section 505.38 or 505.49 of the Revised Code;

(18) Executive directors, deputy directors, and program directors employed by boards of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services under Chapter 340. of the Revised Code, and secretaries of the executive directors, deputy directors, and program directors;

(19) Superintendents, and management employees as defined in section 5126.20 of the Revised Code, of county boards of developmental disabilities;

(20) Physicians, nurses, and other employees of a county hospital who are appointed pursuant to sections 339.03 and 339.06 of the Revised Code;

(21) The executive director of the state medical board, who is appointed pursuant to division (B) of section 4731.05 of the Revised Code;

(22) County directors of job and family services as provided in section 329.02 of the Revised Code and administrators appointed under section 329.021 of the Revised Code;

(23) A director of economic development who is hired pursuant to division (A) of section 307.07 of the Revised Code;

(24) Chiefs of construction and compliance, of operations and maintenance, of worker protection, and of licensing and certification in the division of labor in the department of commerce;

(25) The executive director of a county transit system appointed under division (A) of section 306.04 of the Revised Code;

(26) Up to five positions at each of the administrative departments listed in section 121.02 of the Revised Code and at the department of taxation, department of the adjutant general, department of education, Ohio board of regents, bureau of workers' compensation, industrial commission, state lottery commission, and public utilities commission of Ohio that the head of that administrative department or of that other state agency determines to be involved in policy development and implementation. The head of the administrative department or other state agency shall set the compensation for employees in these positions at a rate that is not less than the minimum compensation specified in a pay range 41 but not more than the maximum compensation specified in pay range 44 of salary schedule E-2 prescribed in section 124.152 of the Revised Code rules adopted by the director of administrative services. The authority to establish positions in the unclassified service under division (A)(26) of this section is in addition to and does not limit any other authority that an administrative department or state agency has under the Revised Code to establish positions, appoint employees, or set compensation.

(27) Employees of the department of agriculture employed under section 901.09 of the Revised Code;

(28) For cities, counties, civil service townships, city health districts, general health districts, and city school districts, the deputies and assistants of elective or principal executive officers authorized to act for and in the place of their principals or holding a fiduciary relation to their principals;

(29) Employees who receive intermittent or temporary appointments under division (B) of section 124.30 of the Revised Code;

(30) Employees appointed to administrative staff positions for which an appointing authority is given specific statutory authority to set compensation;

(31) Employees appointed to highway patrol cadet or highway patrol cadet candidate classifications;

(32) Employees placed in the unclassified service by another section of the Revised Code.

(B) The classified service shall comprise all persons in the employ of the state and the several counties, cities, city health districts, general health districts, and city school districts of the state, not specifically included in the unclassified service. Upon the creation by the board of trustees of a civil service township civil service commission, the classified service shall also comprise, except as otherwise provided in division (A)(17) or (C) of this section, all persons in the employ of a civil service township police or fire department having ten or more full-time paid employees. The classified service consists of two classes, which shall be designated as the competitive class and the unskilled labor class.

(1) The competitive class shall include all positions and employments in the state and the counties, cities, city health districts, general health districts, and city school districts of the state, and, upon the creation by the board of trustees of a civil service township of a township civil service commission, all positions in a civil service township police or fire department having ten or more full-time paid employees, for which it is practicable to determine the merit and fitness of applicants by competitive examinations. Appointments shall be made to, or employment shall be given in, all positions in the competitive class that are not filled by promotion, reinstatement, transfer, or reduction, as provided in this chapter, and the rules of the director of administrative services, by appointment from those certified to the appointing officer in accordance with this chapter.

(2) The unskilled labor class shall include ordinary unskilled laborers. Vacancies in the labor class for positions in service of the state shall be filled by appointment from lists of applicants registered by the director. Vacancies in the labor class for all other positions shall be filled by appointment from lists of applicants registered by a commission. The director or the commission, as applicable, by rule, shall require an applicant for registration in the labor class to furnish evidence or take tests as the director or commission considers proper with respect to age, residence, physical condition, ability to labor, honesty, sobriety, industry, capacity, and experience in the work or employment for which application is made. Laborers who fulfill the requirements shall be placed on the eligible list for the kind of labor or employment sought, and preference shall be given in employment in accordance with the rating received from that evidence or in those tests. Upon the request of an appointing officer, stating the kind of labor needed, the pay and probable length of employment, and the number to be employed, the director or commission, as applicable, shall certify from the highest on the list double the number to be employed; from this number, the appointing officer shall appoint the number actually needed for the particular work. If more than one applicant receives the same rating, priority in time of application shall determine the order in which their names shall be certified for appointment.

(C) A municipal or civil service township civil service commission may place volunteer firefighters who are paid on a fee-for-service basis in either the classified or the unclassified civil service.

(D) This division does not apply to persons in the unclassified service who have the right to resume positions in the classified service under sections 4121.121, 5119.071, 5120.38, 5120.381, 5120.382, 5123.08, 5139.02, and 5501.19 of the Revised Code.

An appointing authority whose employees are paid directly by warrant of the director of budget and management may appoint a person who holds a certified position in the classified service within the appointing authority's agency to a position in the unclassified service within that agency. A person appointed pursuant to this division to a position in the unclassified service shall retain the right to resume the position and status held by the person in the classified service immediately prior to the person's appointment to the position in the unclassified service, regardless of the number of positions the person held in the unclassified service. An employee's right to resume a position in the classified service may only be exercised when an appointing authority demotes the employee to a pay range lower than the employee's current pay range or revokes the employee's appointment to the unclassified service. An employee forfeits the right to resume a position in the classified service when the employee is removed from the position in the unclassified service due to incompetence, inefficiency, dishonesty, drunkenness, immoral conduct, insubordination, discourteous treatment of the public, neglect of duty, violation of this chapter or the rules of the director of administrative services, any other failure of good behavior, any other acts of misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance in office, or conviction of a felony. An employee also forfeits the right to resume a position in the classified service upon transfer to a different agency.

Reinstatement to a position in the classified service shall be to a position substantially equal to that position in the classified service held previously, as certified by the director of administrative services. If the position the person previously held in the classified service has been placed in the unclassified service or is otherwise unavailable, the person shall be appointed to a position in the classified service within the appointing authority's agency that the director of administrative services certifies is comparable in compensation to the position the person previously held in the classified service. Service in the position in the unclassified service shall be counted as service in the position in the classified service held by the person immediately prior to the person's appointment to the position in the unclassified service. When a person is reinstated to a position in the classified service as provided in this division, the person is entitled to all rights, status, and benefits accruing to the position in the classified service during the person's time of service in the position in the unclassified service.

Sec. 124.134.  (A) Each full-time permanent state employee paid in accordance with section 124.152 of the Revised Code and those employees listed in divisions (B)(2) and (4) of section 124.14 of the Revised Code shall be credited with vacation leave with full pay according to length of service and accruing at a corresponding rate per biweekly pay period, as follows:


Length of Service Accrual Rate Per Pay Period
Less than 4 years 3.1 hours
4 but less than 9 years 4.6 hours
9 but less than 14 years 6.2 hours
14 but less than 19 years 6.9 hours
19 but less than 24 years or more 7.7 hours
24 years or more 9.2 hours

Fifty-two weeks equal one year of service.

The amount of an employee's service shall be determined in accordance with the standard specified in section 9.44 of the Revised Code. Credit for prior service, including an increased vacation accrual rate and longevity supplement, shall take effect during the first pay period that begins immediately following the date the director of administrative services approves granting credit for that prior service. No employee, other than an employee who submits proof of prior service within ninety days after the date of the employee's hiring, shall receive any amount of vacation leave for the period prior to the date of the director's approval of the grant of credit for prior service.

Part-time permanent employees who are paid in accordance with section 124.152 of the Revised Code and full-time permanent employees subject to this section who are in active pay status for less than eighty hours in a pay period shall earn vacation leave on a prorated basis. The ratio between the hours worked and the vacation hours earned by these classes of employees shall be the same as the ratio between the hours worked and the vacation hours earned by a full-time permanent employee with the same amount of service as provided for in this section.

Vacation leave is not available for use until it appears on the employee's earning statement and the compensation described in the earning statement is available to the employee. An employee may begin using accrued vacation leave upon completion of the employee's initial probation period. A probationary period that follows a separation from service that is less than thirty-one days is not considered an initial probation period for purposes of this section.

(B) Employees granted leave under this section shall forfeit their right to take or to be paid for any vacation leave to their credit which is in excess of the accrual for three years. An employee who is accruing vacation leave at a rate of 9.2 hours per pay period and whose vacation leave balance exceeds six hundred hours on the effective date of this amendment shall forfeit the employee's right to take or be paid for any vacation leave to the employee's credit that is in excess of seven hundred twenty hours. Any excess leave shall be eliminated from the employees' leave balance.

(C) Except as provided in division (D) of this section, beginning in fiscal year 2012, an employee may be paid for up to eighty hours of vacation leave each fiscal year if the employee requested and was denied the use of vacation leave during that fiscal year. No employee shall receive payment for more than eighty hours of denied vacation leave in a single fiscal year. An employee is only eligible to receive payment for vacation leave when the employee's vacation leave credit is at, or will reach in the immediately following pay period, the maximum of the accrual for three years and the employee has been denied the use of vacation leave. An employee is not entitled to receive payment for vacation leave denied in any pay period in which the employee's vacation leave credit is not at, or will not reach in the immediately following pay period, the maximum of accrual for three years. Any vacation leave for which an employee receives payment shall be deducted from the employee's vacation leave balance. No employee is eligible to receive payment for denied vacation leave in either fiscal year 2010 or fiscal year 2011.

(D) The supreme court, general assembly, secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of state, and attorney general may establish by policy an alternate payment structure for employees whose vacation leave credit is at, or will reach in the immediately following pay period, the maximum of accrual for three years and the employee has been denied the use of vacation leave. An employee is not entitled to receive payment for vacation leave denied in any pay period in which the employee's vacation leave credit is not at, or will not reach in the immediately following pay period, the maximum of accrual for three years. Any vacation leave for which the employee receives payment shall be deducted from the employee's vacation leave balance.

(E) Upon separation from state service, an employee granted leave under this section is entitled to compensation at the employee's current rate of pay for all unused vacation leave accrued under this section or section 124.13 of the Revised Code to the employee's credit. In case of transfer of an employee from one state agency to another, the employee shall retain the accrued and unused vacation leave. In case of the death of an employee, the unused vacation leave shall be paid in accordance with section 2113.04 of the Revised Code, or to the employee's estate. An employee serving in a temporary work level who is eligible to receive compensation under this division shall be compensated at the base rate of pay of the employee's normal classification.

(F) Notwithstanding any provision of Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code to the contrary, no collective bargaining agreement that is modified, renewed, extended, or entered into on or after the effective date of this amendment shall provide vacation leave in an amount greater than the vacation leave provided by this section.

Sec. 124.14.  (A)(1) The director of administrative services shall establish, and may modify or rescind, by rule, a job classification plan for all positions, offices, and employments the salaries of which are paid in whole or in part by the state. The director shall group jobs within a classification so that the positions are similar enough in duties and responsibilities to be described by the same title, to have the same pay assigned with equity, and to have the same qualifications for selection applied. The director shall, by rule, assign a classification title to each classification within the classification plan. However, the director shall consider in establishing classifications, including classifications with parenthetical titles, and assigning pay ranges such factors as duties performed only on one shift, special skills in short supply in the labor market, recruitment problems, separation rates, comparative salary rates, the amount of training required, and other conditions affecting employment. The director shall describe the duties and responsibilities of the class, establish the qualifications for being employed in each position in the class, and file with the secretary of state a copy of specifications for all of the classifications. The director shall file new, additional, or revised specifications with the secretary of state before they are used.

The director shall, by rule, assign each classification, either on a statewide basis or in particular counties or state institutions, to a pay range established under section 124.15 or section 124.152 of the Revised Code. The director may assign a classification to a pay range on a temporary basis for a period of six months. The director may establish, by rule adopted under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, experimental classification plans for some or all employees paid directly by warrant of the director of budget and management. The rule shall include specifications for each classification within the plan and shall specifically address compensation ranges, and methods for advancing within the ranges, for the classifications, which may be assigned to pay ranges other than the pay ranges established under section 124.15 or 124.152 of the Revised Code.

(2) The director of administrative services may reassign to a proper classification those positions that have been assigned to an improper classification. If the compensation of an employee in such a reassigned position exceeds the maximum rate of pay for the employee's new classification, the employee shall be placed in pay step X and director shall not receive an increase in, by rule, determine the appropriate compensation until the maximum rate of pay for that classification exceeds the employee's compensation.

(3) The director may reassign an exempt employee, as defined in section 124.152 of the Revised Code, to a bargaining unit classification if the director determines that the bargaining unit classification is the proper classification for that employee. Notwithstanding Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code or instruments and contracts negotiated under it, these placements are at the director's discretion.

(4) The director shall, by rule, assign related classifications, which form a career progression, to a classification series. The director shall, by rule, assign each classification in the classification plan a five-digit number, the first four digits of which shall denote the classification series to which the classification is assigned. When a career progression encompasses more than ten classifications, the director shall, by rule, identify the additional classifications belonging to a classification series. The additional classifications shall be part of the classification series, notwithstanding the fact that the first four digits of the number assigned to the additional classifications do not correspond to the first four digits of the numbers assigned to other classifications in the classification series.

(5) The director may establish, modify, or rescind a classification plan for county agencies that elect not to use the services and facilities of a county personnel department. The director shall establish any such classification plan by means of rules adopted under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. The rules shall include a methodology for the establishment of titles unique to county agencies, the use of state classification titles and classification specifications for common positions, the criteria for a county to meet in establishing its own classification plan, and the establishment of what constitutes a classification series for county agencies. The director may assess a county agency that chooses to use the classification plan a usage fee the director determines. All usage fees the department of administrative services receives shall be paid into the state treasury to the credit of the human resources fund created in section 124.07 of the Revised Code.

(B) Division (A) of this section and sections 124.15 and 124.152 of the Revised Code do not apply to the following persons, positions, offices, and employments:

(1) Elected officials;

(2) Legislative employees, employees of the legislative service commission, employees in the office of the governor, employees who are in the unclassified civil service and exempt from collective bargaining coverage in the office of the secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of state, and attorney general, and employees of the supreme court;

(3) Employees of a county children services board that establishes compensation rates under section 5153.12 of the Revised Code;

(4) Any position for which the authority to determine compensation is given by law to another individual or entity;

(5) Employees of the bureau of workers' compensation whose compensation the administrator of workers' compensation establishes under division (B) of section 4121.121 of the Revised Code.

(C) The director may employ a consulting agency to aid and assist the director in carrying out this section.

(D)(1) When the director proposes to modify a classification or the assignment of classes to appropriate pay ranges, the director shall send written notice of the proposed rule to the appointing authorities of the affected employees thirty days before a hearing on the proposed rule. The appointing authorities shall notify the affected employees regarding the proposed rule. The director also shall send those appointing authorities notice of any final rule that is adopted within ten days after adoption.

(2) When the director proposes to reclassify any employee so that the employee is adversely affected, the director shall give to the employee affected and to the employee's appointing authority a written notice setting forth the proposed new classification, pay range, and salary. Upon the request of any classified employee who is not serving in a probationary period, the director shall perform a job audit to review the classification of the employee's position to determine whether the position is properly classified. The director shall give to the employee affected and to the employee's appointing authority a written notice of the director's determination whether or not to reclassify the position or to reassign the employee to another classification. An employee or appointing authority desiring a hearing shall file a written request for the hearing with the state personnel board of review within thirty days after receiving the notice. The board shall set the matter for a hearing and notify the employee and appointing authority of the time and place of the hearing. The employee, the appointing authority, or any authorized representative of the employee who wishes to submit facts for the consideration of the board shall be afforded reasonable opportunity to do so. After the hearing, the board shall consider anew the reclassification and may order the reclassification of the employee and require the director to assign the employee to such appropriate classification as the facts and evidence warrant. As provided in division (A)(1) of section 124.03 of the Revised Code, the board may determine the most appropriate classification for the position of any employee coming before the board, with or without a job audit. The board shall disallow any reclassification or reassignment classification of any employee when it finds that changes have been made in the duties and responsibilities of any particular employee for political, religious, or other unjust reasons.

(E)(1) Employees of each county department of job and family services shall be paid a salary or wage established by the board of county commissioners. The provisions of section 124.18 of the Revised Code concerning the standard work week apply to employees of county departments of job and family services. A board of county commissioners may do either of the following:

(a) Notwithstanding any other section of the Revised Code, supplement the sick leave, vacation leave, personal leave, and other benefits of any employee of the county department of job and family services of that county, if the employee is eligible for the supplement under a written policy providing for the supplement;

(b) Notwithstanding any other section of the Revised Code, establish alternative schedules of sick leave, vacation leave, personal leave, or other benefits for employees not inconsistent with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement covering the affected employees.

(2) Division (E)(1) of this section does not apply to employees for whom the state employment relations board establishes appropriate bargaining units pursuant to section 4117.06 of the Revised Code, except in either of the following situations:

(a) The employees for whom the state employment relations board establishes appropriate bargaining units elect no representative in a board-conducted representation election.

(b) After the state employment relations board establishes appropriate bargaining units for such employees, all employee organizations withdraw from a representation election.

(F)(1) Notwithstanding any contrary provision of sections 124.01 to 124.64 of the Revised Code, the board of trustees of each state university or college, as defined in section 3345.12 of the Revised Code, shall carry out all matters of governance involving the officers and employees of the university or college, including, but not limited to, the powers, duties, and functions of the department of administrative services and the director of administrative services specified in this chapter. Officers and employees of a state university or college shall have the right of appeal to the state personnel board of review as provided in this chapter.

(2) Each board of trustees shall adopt rules under section 111.15 of the Revised Code to carry out the matters of governance described in division (F)(1) of this section. Until the board of trustees adopts those rules, a state university or college shall continue to operate pursuant to the applicable rules adopted by the director of administrative services under this chapter.

(G)(1) Each board of county commissioners may, by a resolution adopted by a majority of its members, establish a county personnel department to exercise the powers, duties, and functions specified in division (G) of this section. As used in division (G) of this section, "county personnel department" means a county personnel department established by a board of county commissioners under division (G)(1) of this section.

(2)(a) Each board of county commissioners, by a resolution adopted by a majority of its members, may designate the county personnel department of the county to exercise the powers, duties, and functions specified in sections 124.01 to 124.64 and Chapter 325. of the Revised Code with regard to employees in the service of the county, except for the powers and duties of the state personnel board of review, which powers and duties shall not be construed as having been modified or diminished in any manner by division (G)(2) of this section, with respect to the employees for whom the board of county commissioners is the appointing authority or co-appointing authority.

(b) Nothing in division (G)(2) of this section shall be construed to limit the right of any employee who possesses the right of appeal to the state personnel board of review to continue to possess that right of appeal.

(c) Any board of county commissioners that has established a county personnel department may contract with the department of administrative services, another political subdivision, or an appropriate public or private entity to provide competitive testing services or other appropriate services.

(3) After the county personnel department of a county has been established as described in division (G)(2) of this section, any elected official, board, agency, or other appointing authority of that county, upon written notification to the county personnel department, may elect to use the services and facilities of the county personnel department. Upon receipt of the notification by the county personnel department, the county personnel department shall exercise the powers, duties, and functions as described in division (G)(2) of this section with respect to the employees of that elected official, board, agency, or other appointing authority.

(4) Each board of county commissioners, by a resolution adopted by a majority of its members, may disband the county personnel department.

(5) Any elected official, board, agency, or appointing authority of a county may end its involvement with a county personnel department upon actual receipt by the department of a certified copy of the notification that contains the decision to no longer participate.

(6) The director of administrative services may, by rule adopted in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, prescribe criteria and procedures for the following:

(a) A requirement that each county personnel department, in carrying out its duties, adhere to merit performance system principles with regard to employees of county departments of job and family services, child support enforcement agencies, and public child welfare agencies so that there is no threatened loss of federal funding for these agencies, and a requirement that the county be financially liable to the state for any loss of federal funds due to the action or inaction of the county personnel department. The costs associated with audits conducted to monitor compliance with division (G)(6)(a) of this section shall be reimbursed to the department of administrative services as determined by the director. All money the department receives for these audits shall be paid into the state treasury to the credit of the human resources fund created in section 124.07 of the Revised Code.

(b) Authorization for the director of administrative services to conduct periodic audits and reviews of county personnel departments to guarantee the uniform application of the powers, duties, and functions exercised pursuant to division (G)(2)(a) of this section. The costs of the audits and reviews shall be reimbursed to the department of administrative services as determined by the director by the county for which the services are performed. All money the department receives shall be paid into the state treasury to the credit of the human resources fund created in section 124.07 of the Revised Code.

(H) The director of administrative services shall establish the rate and method of compensation, based upon performance, for all employees who are paid directly by warrant of the director of budget and management and who are serving in positions that the director of administrative services has determined impracticable to include in the state job classification plan. When determining the performance of an employee who is a member of a police department, the director shall not consider the number or type of citations that the employee issues. This division does not apply to elected officials, legislative employees, employees of the legislative service commission, employees who are in the unclassified civil service and exempt from collective bargaining coverage in the office of the secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of state, and attorney general, employees of the courts, employees of the bureau of workers' compensation whose compensation the administrator of workers' compensation establishes under division (B) of section 4121.121 of the Revised Code, or employees of an appointing authority authorized by law to fix the compensation of those employees.

(I) The director shall set the rate of compensation for all intermittent, seasonal, temporary, emergency, and casual employees in the service of the state who are not considered public employees under section 4117.01 of the Revised Code. Those employees are not entitled to receive employee benefits. This rate of compensation shall be equitable in terms of the rate of employees serving in the same or similar classifications. This division does not apply to elected officials, legislative employees, employees of the legislative service commission, employees who are in the unclassified civil service and exempt from collective bargaining coverage in the office of the secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of state, and attorney general, employees of the courts, employees of the bureau of workers' compensation whose compensation the administrator establishes under division (B) of section 4121.121 of the Revised Code, or employees of an appointing authority authorized by law to fix the compensation of those employees.

(J) In no case shall the performance-based wage or salary of a public employee who is a member of any police department or a trooper in the state highway patrol be based on the number or type of citations that the employee issues.

Sec. 124.15.  (A) Board and commission members appointed prior to July 1, 1991, shall be paid a salary or wage in accordance with the following schedules of rates:

Schedule B

Pay Ranges and Step Values

Range Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
23 Hourly 5.72 5.91 6.10 6.31
Annually 11897.60 12292.80 12688.00 13124.80
Step 5 Step 6
Hourly 6.52 6.75
Annually 13561.60 14040.00
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
24 Hourly 6.00 6.20 6.41 6.63
Annually 12480.00 12896.00 13332.80 13790.40
Step 5 Step 6
Hourly 6.87 7.10
Annually 14289.60 14768.00
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
25 Hourly 6.31 6.52 6.75 6.99
Annually 13124.80 13561.60 14040.00 14539.20
Step 5 Step 6
Hourly 7.23 7.41
Annually 15038.40 15412.80
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
26 Hourly 6.63 6.87 7.10 7.32
Annually 13790.40 14289.60 14768.00 15225.60
Step 5 Step 6
Hourly 7.53 7.77
Annually 15662.40 16161.60
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
27 Hourly 6.99 7.23 7.41 7.64
Annually 14534.20 15038.40 15412.80 15891.20
Step 5 Step 6 Step 7
Hourly 7.88 8.15 8.46
Annually 16390.40 16952.00 17596.80
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
28 Hourly 7.41 7.64 7.88 8.15
Annually 15412.80 15891.20 16390.40 16952.00
Step 5 Step 6 Step 7
Hourly 8.46 8.79 9.15
Annually 17596.80 18283.20 19032.00
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
29 Hourly 7.88 8.15 8.46 8.79
Annually 16390.40 16952.00 17596.80 18283.20
Step 5 Step 6 Step 7
Hourly 9.15 9.58 10.01
Annually 19032.00 19926.40 20820.80
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
30 Hourly 8.46 8.79 9.15 9.58
Annually 17596.80 18283.20 19032.00 19926.40
Step 5 Step 6 Step 7
Hourly 10.01 10.46 10.99
Annually 20820.80 21756.80 22859.20
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
31 Hourly 9.15 9.58 10.01 10.46
Annually 19032.00 19962.40 20820.80 21756.80
Step 5 Step 6 Step 7
Hourly 10.99 11.52 12.09
Annually 22859.20 23961.60 25147.20
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
32 Hourly 10.01 10.46 10.99 11.52
Annually 20820.80 21756.80 22859.20 23961.60
Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8
Hourly 12.09 12.68 13.29 13.94
Annually 25147.20 26374.40 27643.20 28995.20
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
33 Hourly 10.99 11.52 12.09 12.68
Annually 22859.20 23961.60 25147.20 26374.40
Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8
Hourly 13.29 13.94 14.63 15.35
Annually 27643.20 28995.20 30430.40 31928.00
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
34 Hourly 12.09 12.68 13.29 13.94
Annually 25147.20 26374.40 27643.20 28995.20
Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8
Hourly 14.63 15.35 16.11 16.91
Annually 30430.40 31928.00 33508.80 35172.80
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
35 Hourly 13.29 13.94 14.63 15.35
Annually 27643.20 28995.20 30430.40 31928.00
Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8
Hourly 16.11 16.91 17.73 18.62
Annually 33508.80 35172.80 36878.40 38729.60
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
36 Hourly 14.63 15.35 16.11 16.91
Annually 30430.40 31928.00 33508.80 35172.80
Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8
Hourly 17.73 18.62 19.54 20.51
Annually 36878.40 38729.60 40643.20 42660.80

Schedule C

Pay Range and Values

Range Minimum Maximum
41 Hourly 10.44 15.72
Annually 21715.20 32697.60
42 Hourly 11.51 17.35
Annually 23940.80 36088.00
43 Hourly 12.68 19.12
Annually 26374.40 39769.60
44 Hourly 13.99 20.87
Annually 29099.20 43409.60
45 Hourly 15.44 22.80
Annually 32115.20 47424.00
46 Hourly 17.01 24.90
Annually 35380.80 51792.00
47 Hourly 18.75 27.18
Annually 39000.00 56534.40
48 Hourly 20.67 29.69
Annually 42993.60 61755.20
49 Hourly 22.80 32.06
Annually 47424.00 66684.80

based upon performance within the ranges established or modified in rules adopted by the director of administrative services, unless compensation for members of a board or commission otherwise is specifically provided by law. The director shall adopt rules to develop a performance pay system. Unless otherwise provided, if an appointing authority is authorized by the Revised Code to fix the wage or salary of a public employee without reference to this chapter or other parameters, the appointing authority shall fix the public employee's wage or salary based on performance in accordance with the rules the director adopts.

(B) The pay schedule of all employees shall be on a biweekly basis, with amounts computed on an hourly basis.

(C) Part-time employees shall be compensated on an hourly basis for time worked, at the rates shown in as determined under division (A) of this section or in by section 124.152 of the Revised Code.

(D) The salary and wage rates in determined under division (A) of this section or in under section 124.152 of the Revised Code represent base rates of compensation and may be augmented by the provisions of section 124.181 of the Revised Code. In those cases where lodging, meals, laundry, or other personal services are furnished an employee in the service of the state, the actual costs or fair market value of the personal services shall be paid by the employee in such amounts and manner as determined by the director of administrative services and approved by the director of budget and management, and those personal services shall not be considered as a part of the employee's compensation. An appointing authority that appoints employees in the service of the state, with the approval of the director of administrative services and the director of budget and management, may establish payments to employees for uniforms, tools, equipment, and other requirements of the department and payments for the maintenance of them.

The director of administrative services may review collective bargaining agreements entered into under Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code that cover employees in the service of the state and determine whether certain benefits or payments provided to the employees covered by those agreements should also be provided to employees in the service of the state who are exempt from collective bargaining coverage and are paid in accordance with section 124.152 of the Revised Code or are listed in division (B)(2) or (4) of section 124.14 of the Revised Code. On completing the review, the director of administrative services, with the approval of the director of budget and management, may provide to some or all of these employees any payment or benefit, except for salary, contained in such a collective bargaining agreement even if it is similar to a payment or benefit already provided by law to some or all of these employees. Any payment or benefit so provided shall not exceed the highest level for that payment or benefit specified in such a collective bargaining agreement. The director of administrative services shall not provide, and the director of budget and management shall not approve, any payment or benefit to such an employee under this division unless the payment or benefit is provided pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement to a state employee who is in a position with similar duties as, is supervised by, or is employed by the same appointing authority as, the employee to whom the benefit or payment is to be provided.

As used in this division, "payment or benefit already provided by law" includes, but is not limited to, bereavement, personal, vacation, administrative, and sick leave, disability benefits, holiday pay, and pay supplements provided under the Revised Code, but does not include wages or salary.

(E) New employees paid in accordance with schedule B of division (A) of this section or schedule E-1 of section 124.152 of the Revised Code shall be employed at the minimum rate established for the range unless otherwise provided. Employees with qualifications that are beyond the minimum normally required for the position and that are determined by the director to be exceptional may be employed in, or may be transferred or promoted to, a position at an advanced step of higher salary or wage in the range. Further, in time of a serious labor market condition when it is relatively impossible to recruit employees at the minimum rate for a particular classification, the entrance rate may be set at an advanced step a higher salary or wage in the range by the director of administrative services. This rate may be limited to geographical regions of the state. Appointments made to an advanced step a higher salary or wage under the provision regarding exceptional qualifications shall not affect the step assignment salary or wage of employees already serving. However, anytime the hiring rate of an entire classification is advanced to a higher step salary or wage, all incumbents of that classification being paid at a step lower salary or wage than that being used for hiring, shall be advanced beginning at the start of the first pay period thereafter to the new hiring rate, and any time accrued at the lower step will be used to calculate advancement to a succeeding step. If the hiring rate of a classification is increased for only a geographical region of the state, only incumbents who work in that geographical region shall be advanced to a higher step salary or wage. When an employee in the unclassified service changes from one state position to another or is appointed to a position in the classified service, or if an employee in the classified service is appointed to a position in the unclassified service, the employee's salary or wage in the new position shall be determined in the same manner as if the employee were an employee in the classified service. When an employee in the unclassified service who is not eligible for step increases is appointed to a classification in the classified service under which step increases are provided, future step increases shall be based on the date on which the employee last received a pay increase. If the employee has not received an increase during the previous year, the date of the appointment to the classified service shall be used to determine the employee's annual step advancement eligibility date. In reassigning any employee to a classification resulting in a pay range increase or to a new pay range as a result of a promotion, an increase pay range adjustment, or other classification change resulting in a pay range increase, the director shall assign such employee to the step a salary or wage in the new pay range that will provide an increase of approximately four per cent if the new pay range can accommodate the increase. When an employee is being assigned to a classification or new pay range as the result of a class plan change, if the employee has completed a probationary period, the employee shall be placed in a step no lower than step two of the new pay range. If the employee has not completed a probationary period, the employee may be placed in step one of the new pay range. Such new salary or wage shall become effective on such date as the director determines.

(F) If employment conditions and the urgency of the work require such action, the director of administrative services may, upon the application of a department head, authorize payment at any rate established within the range for the class of work, for work of a casual or intermittent nature or on a project basis. Payment at such rates shall not be made to the same individual for more than three calendar months in any one calendar year. Any such action shall be subject to the approval of the director of budget and management as to the availability of funds. This section and sections 124.14 and 124.152 of the Revised Code do not repeal any authority of any department or public official to contract with or fix the compensation of professional persons who may be employed temporarily for work of a casual nature or for work on a project basis.

(G)(1) Except as provided in divisions division (G)(2) and (3) of this section, each state employee paid in accordance with schedule B division (A) of this section or schedule E-1 of section 124.152 of the Revised Code shall be eligible for advancement to succeeding steps higher salaries or wages in the range for the employee's class or grade according to the schedule established in this division. Beginning on the first day of the pay period within which the employee completes the prescribed probationary period in the employee's classification with the state, each employee shall receive an automatic salary adjustment equivalent to the next higher step within the pay range for the employee's class or grade.

Except as provided in divisions (G)(2) and (3) of this section, each Each employee paid in accordance with schedule E-1 of section 124.152 of the Revised Code shall be eligible to advance to the next higher step a higher salary or wage until the employee reaches the top step salary or wage in the range for the employee's class or grade, if the employee has maintained satisfactory performance in accordance with criteria established by the employee's appointing authority rules adopted by the director of administrative services. Those step advancements shall not occur more frequently than once in any twelve-month period and shall be based upon performance.

When an employee is promoted, the step entry date shall be set to account for a probationary period. When an employee is reassigned to a higher pay range, the step entry date shall be set to allow an employee who is not at the highest step of the range to receive a step advancement one year from the reassignment date. Step advancement shall not be affected by demotion. A promoted employee shall advance to the next higher step of the pay range on the first day of the pay period in which the required probationary period is completed. Step advancement shall become effective at the beginning of the pay period within which the employee attains the necessary length of service. Time spent on authorized leave of absence shall be counted for this purpose.

If determined to be in the best interest of the state service, the director of administrative services may, either statewide or in selected agencies, adjust the dates on which annual step advancements are received by employees paid in accordance with schedule E-1 of section 124.152 of the Revised Code.

(2)(a) There shall be a moratorium on annual step advancements under division (G)(1) of this section beginning June 21, 2009, through June 20, 2011. Step advancements shall resume with the pay period beginning June 21, 2011. Upon the resumption of step advancements, there shall be no retroactive step advancements for the period the moratorium was in effect. The moratorium shall not affect an employee's performance evaluation schedule.

An employee who begins a probationary period before June 21, 2009, shall advance to the next step in the employee's pay range at the end of probation, and then become subject to the moratorium. An employee who is hired, promoted, or reassigned to a higher pay range between June 21, 2009, through June 20, 2011, shall not advance to the next step in the employee's pay range until the next anniversary of the employee's date of hire, promotion, or reassignment that occurs on or after June 21, 2011.

(b) The moratorium under division (G)(2)(a) of this section shall apply to the employees of the secretary of state, the auditor of state, the treasurer of state, and the attorney general, who are subject to this section unless the secretary of state, the auditor of state, the treasurer of state, or the attorney general decides to exempt the office's employees from the moratorium and so notifies the director of administrative services in writing on or before July 1, 2009.

(3) Employees in intermittent positions shall be employed at the minimum rate established for the pay range for their classification and are not eligible for step advancements to a higher salary or wage.

(H) Employees in appointive managerial or professional positions paid in accordance with schedule C of this section or schedule E-2 of section 124.152 of the Revised Code may be appointed at any rate within the appropriate pay range. This rate of pay may be adjusted higher or lower within the respective pay range at any time the appointing authority so desires as long as the adjustment is based on the employee's ability to successfully administer those duties assigned to the employee. Salary adjustments shall not be made more frequently than once in any six-month period under this provision to incumbents holding the same position and classification.

(I) When an employee is assigned to duty outside this state, the employee may be compensated, upon request of the department head and with the approval of the director of administrative services, at a rate not to exceed fifty per cent in excess of the employee's current base rate for the period of time spent on that duty.

(J) Unless compensation for members of a board or commission is otherwise specifically provided by law, the director of administrative services shall establish the rate and method of payment for members of boards and commissions pursuant to the pay schedules listed in section 124.152 of the Revised Code.

(K) Regular full-time employees in positions assigned to classes within the instruction and education administration series under the rules of the director of administrative services, except certificated employees on the instructional staff of the state school for the blind or the state school for the deaf, whose positions are scheduled to work on the basis of an academic year rather than a full calendar year, shall be paid according to the pay range assigned by such rules but only during those pay periods included in the academic year of the school where the employee is located.

(1) Part-time or substitute teachers or those whose period of employment is other than the full academic year shall be compensated for the actual time worked at the rate established by this section.

(2) Employees governed by this division are exempt from sections 124.13 and 124.19 of the Revised Code.

(3) Length of service for the purpose of determining eligibility for step advancements as provided by division (G) of this section and for the purpose of determining eligibility for longevity pay supplements as provided by division (E) of section 124.181 of the Revised Code shall be computed on the basis of one full year of service for the completion of each academic year.

(L)(K) The superintendent of the state school for the deaf and the superintendent of the state school for the blind shall, subject to the approval of the superintendent of public instruction, carry out both of the following:

(1) Annually, between the first day of April and the last day of June, establish for the ensuing fiscal year a schedule of hourly rates rate ranges for the compensation of each certificated employee on the instructional staff of that superintendent's respective school constructed as follows:

(a) Determine for each level of training, experience, and other professional qualification for which an hourly rate is set forth in the current schedule, the per cent that rate is of the rate set forth in such schedule for a teacher with a bachelor's degree and no experience. If there is more than one such rate for such a teacher, the lowest rate shall be used to make the computation.

(b) Determine which six city, local, and exempted village school districts with territory in Franklin county have in effect on, or have adopted by, the first day of April for the school year that begins on the ensuing first day of July, teacher salary schedules with the highest minimum salaries for a teacher with a bachelor's degree and no experience;

(c) Divide the sum of such six highest minimum salaries by ten thousand five hundred sixty;

(d) Multiply each per cent determined in division (L)(1)(a) of this section by the quotient obtained in division (L)(1)(c) of this section;

(e) One hundred five per cent of each product thus obtained shall be the hourly rate for the corresponding level of training, experience, or other professional qualification in the schedule for the ensuing fiscal year.

(2) Annually, assign each certificated employee on the instructional staff of the superintendent's respective school to an hourly rate on the schedule that is commensurate with the employee's training, experience, and other professional qualifications.

If an employee is employed on the basis of an academic year, the employee's annual salary shall be calculated by multiplying the employee's assigned hourly rate times one thousand seven hundred sixty. If an employee is not employed on the basis of an academic year, the employee's annual salary shall be calculated in accordance with the following formula:

(a) Multiply the number of days the employee is required to work pursuant to the employee's contract by eight;

(b) Multiply the product of division (L)(K)(2)(a) of this section by the employee's assigned hourly rate.

Each employee shall be paid an annual salary in biweekly installments. The amount of each installment shall be calculated by dividing the employee's annual salary by the number of biweekly installments to be paid during the year.

Sections 124.13 and 124.19 of the Revised Code do not apply to an employee who is paid under this division.

As used in this division, "academic year" means the number of days in each school year that the schools are required to be open for instruction with pupils in attendance. Upon completing an academic year, an employee paid under this division shall be deemed to have completed one year of service. An employee paid under this division is eligible to receive a pay supplement under division (L)(K)(1), (2), or (3) of section 124.181 of the Revised Code for which the employee qualifies, but is not eligible to receive a pay supplement under division (L)(K)(4) or (5) of that section. An employee paid under this division is eligible to receive a pay supplement under division (L)(K)(6) of section 124.181 of the Revised Code for which the employee qualifies, except that the supplement is not limited to a maximum of five per cent of the employee's regular base salary in a calendar year.

(M)(L) Division (A) of this section does not apply to "exempt employees," as defined in section 124.152 of the Revised Code, who are paid under that section.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, when an employee transfers between bargaining units or transfers out of or into a bargaining unit, the director of administrative services shall establish the employee's compensation and adjust the maximum leave accrual schedule as the director deems equitable.

Sec. 124.152.  (A)(1) Except as provided in divisions division (A)(2) and (3) of this section, each exempt employee shall be paid a salary or wage in accordance with schedule E-1 or schedule E-2 of division (B) of this section.

(2) Each exempt employee who holds a position in the unclassified civil service pursuant to division (A)(26) or (30) of section 124.11 of the Revised Code may be paid a salary or wage in accordance with schedule E-1, schedule E-1 for step seven only, or schedule E-2 of division (B) or (C) of this section, as applicable.

(3)(a) Except as provided in division (A)(3)(b) of this section, each exempt employee who was paid a salary or wage at step 7 in the employee's pay range on June 28, 2003, in accordance with the applicable schedule E-1 of former section 124.152 of the Revised Code and who continued to be so paid on June 29, 2003, shall be paid a salary or wage in the corresponding pay range in schedule E-1 for step seven only of division (C) of this section for as long as the employee remains in the position the employee held as of July 1, 2003.

(b) Except as provided in division (A)(3)(c) of this section, if an exempt employee who is being paid a salary or wage in accordance with schedule E-1 for step seven only of division (C) of this section moves to another position, the employee shall not receive a salary or wage for that position or any other position in the future in accordance with that schedule.

(c) If an exempt employee who is being paid a salary or wage in accordance with schedule E-1 for step seven only of division (C) of this section moves to another position assigned to pay range 12 or above, the appointing authority may assign the employee to be paid a salary or wage in the appropriate pay range for that position in accordance with the schedule E-1 for step seven only of division (C) of this section, provided that the appointing authority so notifies the director of administrative services in writing at the time the employee is appointed to that position.

(B) Beginning on the first day of the pay period that includes July 1, 2008 the effective date of this amendment, each exempt employee who must be paid in accordance with schedule E-1 or schedule E-2 of this section shall be paid a salary or wage in accordance with the following schedule of rates:

Schedule E-1

Pay Ranges and Step Values

Step Step Step Step Step Step
Range 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Hourly 10.07 10.52 10.97 11.44
Annually 20946 21882 22818 23795
2 Hourly 12.21 12.73 13.28 13.86
Annually 25397 26478 27622 28829
3 Hourly 12.79 13.37 13.96 14.57
Annually 26603 27810 29037 30306
4 Hourly 13.43 14.03 14.70 15.36
Annually 27934 29182 30576 31949
5 Hourly 14.09 14.73 15.36 16.03
Annually 29307 30638 31949 33342
6 Hourly 14.85 15.46 16.15 16.81
Annually 30888 32157 33592 34965
7 Hourly 15.77 16.35 17.02 17.62 18.30
Annually 32802 34008 35402 36650 38064
8 Hourly 16.66 17.40 18.15 18.97 19.78
Annually 34653 36192 37752 39458 41142
9 Hourly 17.78 18.70 19.62 20.60 21.65
Annually 36982 38896 40810 42848 45032
10 Hourly 19.19 20.23 21.32 22.55 23.76
Annually 39915 42078 44346 46904 49421
11 Hourly 20.89 22.11 23.39 24.71 26.11
Annually 43451 45989 48651 51397 54309
12 Hourly 23.04 24.34 25.65 27.07 28.58 30.13
Annually 47923 50627 53352 56306 59446 62670
13 Hourly 25.40 26.80 28.27 29.78 31.45 33.16
Annually 52832 55744 58802 61942 65416 68973
14 Hourly 27.93 29.51 31.10 32.80 34.65 36.59
Annually 58094 61381 64688 68224 72072 76107
15 Hourly 30.68 32.41 34.24 36.12 38.13 40.22
Annually 63814 67413 71219 75130 79310 83658
16 Hourly 33.83 35.71 37.67 39.79 41.98 44.38
Annually 70366 74277 78354 82763 87318 92310
17 Hourly 37.28 39.34 41.54 43.83 46.27 48.86
Annually 77542 81827 86403 91166 96242 101629
18 Hourly 41.08 43.36 45.80 48.31 50.99 53.84
Annually 85446 90189 95264 100485 106059 111987


Range Minimum Maximum
41 Hourly 16.23 37.25
Annually 33758 77480
42 Hourly 17.89 41.14
Annually 37211 85571
43 Hourly 19.70 45.31
Annually 40976 94245
44 Hourly 21.73 49.50
Annually 45198 102960
45 Hourly 24.01 54.04
Annually 49941 112403
46 Hourly 26.43 59.06
Annually 54974 122845
47 Hourly 29.14 64.45
Annually 60611 134056
48 Hourly 32.14 70.33
Annually 66851 146286
49 Hourly 35.44 75.94
Annually 73715 157955

Schedule E-2

based upon performance within ranges established or modified in rules adopted by the director of administrative services. The director shall adopt rules to develop a performance pay system.

(C) Beginning on the first day of the pay period that includes July 1, 2008, each exempt employee who must be paid in accordance with salary schedule E-1 for step seven only shall be paid a salary or wage in accordance with the following schedule of rates:

Schedule E-1 for Step Seven Only

Pay Ranges and Step Values

Range
12 Hourly 31.80
Annually 66144
13 Hourly 34.98
Annually 72758
14 Hourly 38.57
Annually 80226
15 Hourly 42.44
Annually 88275
16 Hourly 46.81
Annually 97365
17 Hourly 51.55
Annually 107224
18 Hourly 56.80
Annually 118144

(D) As used in this section, "exempt employee" means a permanent full-time or permanent part-time employee paid directly by warrant of the director of budget and management whose position is included in the job classification plan established under division (A) of section 124.14 of the Revised Code but who is not considered a public employee for the purposes of Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code. As used in this section, "exempt employee" also includes a permanent full-time or permanent part-time employee of the secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of state, or attorney general who has not been placed in an appropriate bargaining unit by the state employment relations board.

Sec. 124.181.  (A) Except as provided in divisions (M)(L) and (P)(N) of this section, any employee paid in accordance with schedule B of section 124.15 or schedule E-1 or schedule E-1 for step seven only of section 124.152 of the Revised Code is eligible for the pay supplements provided in this section upon application by the appointing authority substantiating the employee's qualifications for the supplement and with the approval of the director of administrative services except as provided in division (E) of this section.

(B)(1) Except as provided in section 124.183 of the Revised Code, in computing any of the pay supplements provided in this section for an employee paid in accordance with schedule B of section 124.15 of the Revised Code, the classification salary base shall be the minimum hourly rate of the pay range, provided in that section, in which the employee is assigned at the time of computation.

(2) Except as provided in section 124.183 of the Revised Code, in computing any of the pay supplements provided in this section for an employee paid in accordance with schedule E-1 of section 124.152 of the Revised Code, the classification salary base shall be the minimum hourly rate of the pay range, provided in that section, in which the employee is assigned at the time of computation.

(3) Except as provided in section 124.183 of the Revised Code, in computing any of the pay supplements provided in this section for an employee paid in accordance with schedule E-1 for step seven only of section 124.152 of the Revised Code, the classification salary base shall be the minimum hourly rate in the corresponding pay range, provided in schedule E-1 of that section, to which the employee is assigned at the time of the computation.

(C) The effective date of any pay supplement, except as provided in section 124.183 of the Revised Code or unless otherwise provided in this section, shall be determined by the director.

(D) The director shall, by rule, establish standards regarding the administration of this section.

(E)(1) Except as otherwise provided in this division, beginning on the first day of the pay period within which the employee completes five years of total service with the state government or any of its political subdivisions, each employee in positions paid in accordance with schedule B of section 124.15 of the Revised Code or in accordance with schedule E-1 or schedule E-1 for step seven only of section 124.152 of the Revised Code shall receive an automatic salary adjustment equivalent to two and one-half per cent of the classification salary base, to the nearest whole cent. Each employee shall receive thereafter an annual adjustment equivalent to one-half of one per cent of the employee's classification salary base, to the nearest whole cent, for each additional year of qualified employment until a maximum of ten per cent of the employee's classification salary base is reached. The granting of longevity adjustments shall not be affected by promotion, demotion, or other changes in classification held by the employee, nor by any change in pay range for the employee's class or grade. Longevity pay adjustments shall become effective at the beginning of the pay period within which the employee completes the necessary length of service, except that when an employee requests credit for prior service, the effective date of the prior service credit and of any longevity adjustment shall be the first day of the pay period following approval of the credit by the director of administrative services. No employee, other than an employee who submits proof of prior service within ninety days after the date of the employee's hiring, shall receive any longevity adjustment for the period prior to the director's approval of a prior service credit. Time spent on authorized leave of absence shall be counted for this purpose.

(2) An employee who has retired in accordance with the provisions of any retirement system offered by the state and who is employed by the state or any political subdivision of the state on or after June 24, 1987, shall not have prior service with the state or any political subdivision of the state counted for the purpose of determining the amount of the salary adjustment provided under this division.

(3) There shall be a moratorium on employees' receipt under this division of credit for service with the state government or any of its political subdivisions during the period from July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2005. In calculating the number of years of total service under this division, no credit shall be included for service during the moratorium. The moratorium shall apply to the employees of the secretary of state, the auditor of state, the treasurer of state, and the attorney general, who are subject to this section unless the secretary of state, the auditor of state, the treasurer of state, or the attorney general decides to exempt the office's employees from the moratorium and so notifies the director of administrative services in writing on or before July 1, 2003.

If an employee is exempt from the moratorium, receives credit for a period of service during the moratorium, and takes a position with another entity in the state government or any of its political subdivisions, either during or after the moratorium, and if that entity's employees are or were subject to the moratorium, the employee shall continue to retain the credit. However, if the moratorium is in effect upon the taking of the new position, the employee shall cease receiving additional credit as long as the employee is in the position, until the moratorium expires.

(F) When an exceptional condition exists that creates a temporary or a permanent hazard for one or more positions in a class paid in accordance with schedule B of section 124.15 of the Revised Code or in accordance with schedule E-1 or schedule E-1 for step seven only of section 124.152 of the Revised Code, a special hazard salary adjustment may be granted for the time the employee is subjected to the hazardous condition. All special hazard conditions shall be identified for each position and incidence from information submitted to the director on an appropriate form provided by the director and categorized into standard conditions of: some unusual hazard not common to the class; considerable unusual hazard not common to the class; and exceptional hazard not common to the class.

(1) A hazardous salary adjustment of five per cent of the employee's classification salary base may be applied in the case of some unusual hazardous condition not common to the class for those hours worked, or a fraction of those hours worked, while the employee was subject to the unusual hazard condition.

(2) A hazardous salary adjustment of seven and one-half per cent of the employee's classification salary base may be applied in the case of some considerable hazardous condition not common to the class for those hours worked, or a fraction of those hours worked, while the employee was subject to the considerable hazard condition.

(3) A hazardous salary adjustment of ten per cent of the employee's classification salary base may be applied in the case of some exceptional hazardous condition not common to the class for those hours worked, or a fraction of those hours worked, when the employee was subject to the exceptional hazard condition.

(4) Each claim for temporary hazard pay shall be submitted as a separate payment and shall be subject to an administrative audit by the director as to the extent and duration of the employee's exposure to the hazardous condition.

(G)(F) When a full-time employee whose salary or wage is paid directly by warrant of the director of budget and management and who also is eligible for overtime under the "Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938," 52 Stat. 1060, 29 U.S.C.A. 207, 213, as amended, is ordered by the appointing authority to report back to work after termination of the employee's regular work schedule and the employee reports, the employee shall be paid for such time. The employee shall be entitled to four hours at the employee's total rate of pay or overtime compensation for the actual hours worked, whichever is greater. This division does not apply to work that is a continuation of or immediately preceding an employee's regular work schedule.

(H)(G) When a certain position or positions paid in accordance with schedule B of section 124.15 of the Revised Code or in accordance with schedule E-1 or schedule E-1 for step seven only of section 124.152 of the Revised Code require the ability to speak or write a language other than English, a special pay supplement may be granted to attract bilingual individuals, to encourage present employees to become proficient in other languages, or to retain qualified bilingual employees. The bilingual pay supplement provided in this division may be granted in the amount of five per cent of the employee's classification salary base for each required foreign language and shall remain in effect as long as the bilingual requirement exists.

(I)(H) The director of administrative services may establish a shift differential for employees. The differential shall be paid to employees in positions working in other than the regular or first shift. In those divisions or agencies where only one shift prevails, no shift differential shall be paid regardless of the hours of the day that are worked. The director and the appointing authority shall designate which positions shall be covered by this division.

(J)(I) Whenever an employee is assigned to work in a higher level position for a continuous period of more than two weeks but no more than two years because of a vacancy, the employee's pay may be established at a rate that is approximately four per cent above the employee's current base rate for the period the employee occupies the position, provided that this temporary occupancy is approved by the director. Employees paid under this division shall continue to receive any of the pay supplements due them under other divisions of this section based on the step one classification salary base rate for their normal classification.

(K)(J) If a certain position, or positions, within a class paid in accordance with schedule B of section 124.15 of the Revised Code or in accordance with schedule E-1 or schedule E-1 for step seven only of section 124.152 of the Revised Code are mandated by state or federal law or regulation or other regulatory agency or other certification authority to have special technical certification, registration, or licensing to perform the functions which are under the mandate, a special professional achievement pay supplement may be granted. This special professional achievement pay supplement shall not be granted when all incumbents in all positions in a class require a license as provided in the classification description published by the department of administrative services; to licensees where no special or extensive training is required; when certification is granted upon completion of a stipulated term of in-service training; when an appointing authority has required certification; or any other condition prescribed by the director.

(1) Before this supplement may be applied, evidence as to the requirement must be provided by the agency for each position involved, and certification must be received from the director as to the director's concurrence for each of the positions so affected.

(2) The professional achievement pay supplement provided in this division shall be granted in an amount up to ten per cent of the employee's classification salary base and shall remain in effect as long as the mandate exists.

(L)(K) Those employees assigned to teaching supervisory, principal, assistant principal, or superintendent positions who have attained a higher educational level than a basic bachelor's degree may receive an educational pay supplement to remain in effect as long as the employee's assignment and classification remain the same.

(1) An educational pay supplement of two and one-half per cent of the employee's classification salary base may be applied upon the achievement of a bachelor's degree plus twenty quarter hours of postgraduate work.

(2) An educational pay supplement of an additional five per cent of the employee's classification salary base may be applied upon achievement of a master's degree.

(3) An educational pay supplement of an additional two and one-half per cent of the employee's classification salary base may be applied upon achievement of a master's degree plus thirty quarter hours of postgraduate work.

(4) An educational pay supplement of five per cent of the employee's classification salary base may be applied when the employee is performing as a master teacher.

(5) An educational pay supplement of five per cent of the employee's classification salary base may be applied when the employee is performing as a special education teacher.

(6) Those employees in teaching supervisory, principal, assistant principal, or superintendent positions who are responsible for specific extracurricular activity programs shall receive overtime pay for those hours worked in excess of their normal schedule, at their straight time hourly rate up to a maximum of five per cent of their regular base salary in any calendar year.

(M)(L)(1) A state agency, board, or commission may establish a supplementary compensation schedule based upon performance for those licensed physicians employed by the agency, board, or commission in positions requiring a licensed physician. The supplementary compensation schedule, together with the compensation otherwise authorized by this chapter, shall provide for the total compensation for these employees to range appropriately, but not necessarily uniformly, for each classification title requiring a licensed physician, in accordance with a schedule approved by the state controlling board. The individual salary levels recommended for each such physician employed shall be approved by the director. Notwithstanding section 124.11 of the Revised Code, such personnel are in the unclassified civil service.

(2) The director of administrative services may approve supplementary compensation for the director of health, if the director is a licensed physician, in accordance with a supplementary compensation schedule approved under division (M)(L)(1) of this section or in accordance with another supplementary compensation schedule the director of administrative services considers appropriate. The supplementary compensation shall not exceed twenty per cent of the director of health's base rate of pay.

(N) Notwithstanding sections 117.28, 117.30, 117.33, 117.36, 117.42, and 131.02 of the Revised Code, the state shall not institute any civil action to recover and shall not seek reimbursement for overpayments made in violation of division (E) of this section or division (C) of section 9.44 of the Revised Code for the period starting after June 24, 1987, and ending on October 31, 1993.

(O)(M) Employees of the office of the treasurer of state who are exempt from collective bargaining coverage may be granted a merit performance pay supplement of up to one and one-half per cent of their step salary or wage rate. The rate at which this supplement is granted shall be based on performance standards established by the treasurer of state. Any supplements granted under this division shall be administered on an annual basis.

(P)(N) Intermittent employees appointed under section 124.30 of the Revised Code are not eligible for the pay supplements provided by this section.

(Q)(O) Employees of the office of the auditor of state who are exempt from collective bargaining and who are paid in accordance with schedule E-1 or in accordance with schedule E-1 for step 7 only and are paid a salary or wage in accordance with the schedule of rates in division (B) or (C) of section 124.152 of the Revised Code shall receive a reduction of two per cent in their hourly and annual pay calculation beginning with the pay period that immediately follows July 1, 2009.

Sec. 124.322.  Whenever a reduction in the work force is necessary, the appointing authority of an agency shall decide in which classification or classifications the layoff or layoffs will occur and the number of employees to be laid off within each affected classification. The director of administrative services shall adopt rules, under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, establishing a method for determining layoff procedures and an order of layoff of, and the displacement and recall of, laid-off state and county employees. Layoffs, job abolishments, and displacements shall be governed by the Revised Code or the rules adopted pursuant to it that are in effect at the time the appointing authority files the statement of rationale and supporting documentation in accordance with section 124.321 of the Revised Code, as applicable. Otherwise, layoffs, job abolishments, and displacements shall be governed by the Revised Code or the rules adopted pursuant to it that are in effect at the time of notification of layoff or displacement to the employee.

The order of layoff in those rules shall be based in part on length of service and may include efficiency in service, appointment type, or similar other factors the director considers appropriate; however, the rules shall prohibit an agency from using an employee's length of service as the only factor to determine whether to lay off the employee. If the director establishes relative efficiency as a criterion to be used in determining order of layoff for state and county employees, credit for efficiency may be other than ten per cent of total retention points.

Sec. 124.325.  (A) An appointing authority shall calculate an employee's retention points based upon length of service, efficiency of service, and other similar factors the director of administrative services, in the rules the director adopts for state or county employees under section 124.322 of the Revised Code, or the appointing authority, as applicable, determines is appropriate. Retention points to reflect the length of continuous service and efficiency in service for all employees affected by a layoff shall be verified by the director of administrative services for positions in the service of the state.

(B) An employee's length of continuous service will be carried from one layoff jurisdiction to another so long as no break in service occurs between transfers or appointments.

(C) If (1) Except as otherwise provided in division (C)(2) of this section, an appointing authority shall adopt rules to determine which employee the appointing authority shall lay off first if two or more employees have an identical number of retention points, employees having the shortest period of continuous service shall be laid off first.

(2) The director shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to establish a system for the assignment of retention points for each employee in the service of the state in a classification affected by a layoff and for determining, in those instances where employees in the service of the state have identical retention points, which employee shall be laid off first. The rules shall permit an appointing authority to consider the number of management and nonmanagement employees when determining which employees to lay off.

(D)(1) As used in this division, "affected employee" means a city employee who becomes a county employee, or a county employee who becomes a city employee, as the result of any of the following:

(a) The merger of a city and a county office;

(b) The merger of city and county functions or duties;

(c) The transfer of functions or duties between a city and county.

(2) For purposes of this section, the new employer of any affected employee shall treat the employee's prior service with a former employer as if it had been served with the new employer.

(E) The director of administrative services shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to establish a system for the assignment of retention points for each employee in the service of the state in a classification affected by a layoff and for determining, in those instances where employees in the service of the state have identical retention points, which employee shall be laid off first.

Sec. 124.34.  (A) The tenure of every officer or employee in the classified service of the state and the counties, civil service townships, cities, city health districts, general health districts, and city school districts of the state, holding a position under this chapter, shall be during good behavior and efficient service. No officer or employee shall be reduced in pay or position, fined, suspended, or removed, or have the officer's or employee's longevity reduced or eliminated, except as provided in section 124.32 of the Revised Code, and for incompetency, inefficiency, dishonesty, drunkenness, immoral conduct, insubordination, discourteous treatment of the public, neglect of duty, violation of any policy or work rule of the officer's or employee's appointing authority, violation of this chapter or the rules of the director of administrative services or the commission, any other failure of good behavior, any other acts of misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance in office, or conviction of a felony. The denial of a one-time pay supplement or a bonus to an officer or employee is not a reduction in pay for purposes of this section.

This section does not apply to any modifications or reductions in pay authorized by division (Q)(O) of section 124.181 or section 124.392 or 124.393 of the Revised Code.

An appointing authority may require an employee who is suspended to report to work to serve the suspension. An employee serving a suspension in this manner shall continue to be compensated at the employee's regular rate of pay for hours worked. The disciplinary action shall be recorded in the employee's personnel file in the same manner as other disciplinary actions and has the same effect as a suspension without pay for the purpose of recording disciplinary actions.

A finding by the appropriate ethics commission, based upon a preponderance of the evidence, that the facts alleged in a complaint under section 102.06 of the Revised Code constitute a violation of Chapter 102., section 2921.42, or section 2921.43 of the Revised Code may constitute grounds for dismissal. Failure to file a statement or falsely filing a statement required by section 102.02 of the Revised Code may also constitute grounds for dismissal. The tenure of an employee in the career professional service of the department of transportation is subject to section 5501.20 of the Revised Code.

Conviction of a felony is a separate basis for reducing in pay or position, suspending, or removing an officer or employee, even if the officer or employee has already been reduced in pay or position, suspended, or removed for the same conduct that is the basis of the felony. An officer or employee may not appeal to the state personnel board of review or the commission any disciplinary action taken by an appointing authority as a result of the officer's or employee's conviction of a felony. If an officer or employee removed under this section is reinstated as a result of an appeal of the removal, any conviction of a felony that occurs during the pendency of the appeal is a basis for further disciplinary action under this section upon the officer's or employee's reinstatement.

A person convicted of a felony immediately forfeits the person's status as a classified employee in any public employment on and after the date of the conviction for the felony. If an officer or employee is removed under this section as a result of being convicted of a felony or is subsequently convicted of a felony that involves the same conduct that was the basis for the removal, the officer or employee is barred from receiving any compensation after the removal notwithstanding any modification or disaffirmance of the removal, unless the conviction for the felony is subsequently reversed or annulled.

Any person removed for conviction of a felony is entitled to a cash payment for any accrued but unused sick, personal, and vacation leave as authorized by law. If subsequently reemployed in the public sector, the person shall qualify for and accrue these forms of leave in the manner specified by law for a newly appointed employee and shall not be credited with prior public service for the purpose of receiving these forms of leave.

As used in this division, "felony" means any of the following:

(1) A felony that is an offense of violence as defined in section 2901.01 of the Revised Code;

(2) A felony that is a felony drug abuse offense as defined in section 2925.01 of the Revised Code;

(3) A felony under the laws of this or any other state or the United States that is a crime of moral turpitude;

(4) A felony involving dishonesty, fraud, or theft;

(5) A felony that is a violation of section 2921.05, 2921.32, or 2921.42 of the Revised Code.

(B) In case of a reduction, a suspension of more than forty work hours in the case of an employee exempt from the payment of overtime compensation, a suspension of more than twenty-four work hours in the case of an employee required to be paid overtime compensation, a fine of more than forty hours' pay in the case of an employee exempt from the payment of overtime compensation, a fine of more than twenty-four hours' pay in the case of an employee required to be paid overtime compensation, or removal, except for the reduction or removal of a probationary employee, the appointing authority shall serve the employee with a copy of the order of reduction, fine, suspension, or removal, which order shall state the reasons for the action.

Within ten days following the date on which the order is served or, in the case of an employee in the career professional service of the department of transportation, within ten days following the filing of a removal order, the employee, except as otherwise provided in this section, may file an appeal of the order in writing with the state personnel board of review or the commission. For purposes of this section, the date on which an order is served is the date of hand delivery of the order or the date of delivery of the order by certified United States mail, whichever occurs first. If an appeal is filed, the board or commission shall forthwith notify the appointing authority and shall hear, or appoint a trial board to hear, the appeal within thirty days from and after its filing with the board or commission. The board, commission, or trial board may affirm, disaffirm, or modify the judgment of the appointing authority. However, in an appeal of a removal order based upon a violation of a last chance agreement, the board, commission, or trial board may only determine if the employee violated the agreement and thus affirm or disaffirm the judgment of the appointing authority.

In cases of removal or reduction in pay for disciplinary reasons, either the appointing authority or the officer or employee may appeal from the decision of the state personnel board of review or the commission, and any such appeal shall be to the court of common pleas of the county in which the appointing authority is located, or to the court of common pleas of Franklin county, as provided by section 119.12 of the Revised Code.

(C) In the case of the suspension for any period of time, or a fine, demotion, or removal, of a chief of police, a chief of a fire department, or any member of the police or fire department of a city or civil service township, who is in the classified civil service, the appointing authority shall furnish the chief or member with a copy of the order of suspension, fine, demotion, or removal, which order shall state the reasons for the action. The order shall be filed with the municipal or civil service township civil service commission. Within ten days following the filing of the order, the chief or member may file an appeal, in writing, with the commission. If an appeal is filed, the commission shall forthwith notify the appointing authority and shall hear, or appoint a trial board to hear, the appeal within thirty days from and after its filing with the commission, and it may affirm, disaffirm, or modify the judgment of the appointing authority. An appeal on questions of law and fact may be had from the decision of the commission to the court of common pleas in the county in which the city or civil service township is situated. The appeal shall be taken within thirty days from the finding of the commission.

(D) A violation of division (A)(7) of section 2907.03 of the Revised Code is grounds for termination of employment of a nonteaching employee under this section.

(E) As used in this section, "last chance agreement" means an agreement signed by both an appointing authority and an officer or employee of the appointing authority that describes the type of behavior or circumstances that, if it occurs, will automatically lead to removal of the officer or employee without the right of appeal to the state personnel board of review or the appropriate commission.

Sec. 124.38.  Each of the following shall be entitled for each completed eighty hours of service to sick leave of four three and six-tenths one-tenth hours with pay:

(A) Employees in the various offices of the county, municipal, and civil service township service, other than superintendents and management employees, as defined in section 5126.20 of the Revised Code, of county boards of developmental disabilities;

(B) Employees of any state college or university;

(C) Employees of any board of education for whom sick leave is not provided by section 3319.141 of the Revised Code.

Employees may use sick leave, upon approval of the responsible administrative officer of the employing unit, for absence due to personal illness, pregnancy, injury, exposure to contagious disease that could be communicated to other employees, and illness, injury, or death in the employee's immediate family. Unused sick leave shall be cumulative without limit. When sick leave is used, it shall be deducted from the employee's credit on the basis of one hour for every one hour of absence from previously scheduled work.

The previously accumulated sick leave of an employee who has been separated from the public service shall be placed to the employee's credit upon the employee's re-employment in the public service, provided that the re-employment takes place within ten years of the date on which the employee was last terminated from public service. This ten-year period shall be tolled for any period during which the employee holds elective public office, whether by election or by appointment.

An employee who transfers from one public agency to another shall be credited with the unused balance of the employee's accumulated sick leave up to the maximum of the sick leave accumulation permitted in the public agency to which the employee transfers.

The appointing authorities of the various offices of the county service may permit all or any part of a person's accrued but unused sick leave acquired during service with any regional council of government established in accordance with Chapter 167. of the Revised Code to be credited to the employee upon a transfer as if the employee were transferring from one public agency to another under this section.

The appointing authority of each employing unit shall require an employee to furnish a satisfactory written, signed statement to justify the use of sick leave. If medical attention is required, a certificate stating the nature of the illness from a licensed physician shall be required to justify the use of sick leave. Falsification of either a written, signed statement or a physician's certificate shall be grounds for disciplinary action, including dismissal.

This section does not interfere with existing unused sick leave credit in any agency of government where attendance records are maintained and credit has been given employees for unused sick leave.

Notwithstanding this section or any other section of the Revised Code, any appointing authority of a county office, department, commission, board, or body may, upon notification to the board of county commissioners, establish alternative schedules of sick leave for employees of the appointing authority for whom the state employment relations board has not established an appropriate bargaining unit pursuant to section 4117.06 of the Revised Code, as long as the alternative schedules are not inconsistent with the provisions of at least one collective bargaining agreement covering other employees of that appointing authority, if such a collective bargaining agreement exists. If no such collective bargaining agreement exists, an appointing authority may, upon notification to the board of county commissioners, establish an alternative schedule of sick leave for its employees that does not diminish the sick leave benefits granted by this section.

Any sick leave that a board of education awards shall be awarded in accordance with the leave policy the board adopts pursuant to section 3319.141 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 124.382.  (A) As used in this section and sections 124.383, 124.386, 124.387, and 124.388 of the Revised Code:

(1) "Pay period" means the fourteen-day period of time during which the payroll is accumulated, as determined by the director of administrative services.

(2) "Active pay status" means the conditions under which an employee is eligible to receive pay, and includes, but is not limited to, vacation leave, sick leave, personal leave, bereavement leave, and administrative leave.

(3) "No pay status" means the conditions under which an employee is ineligible to receive pay and includes, but is not limited to, leave without pay, leave of absence, and disability leave.

(4) "Disability leave" means the leave granted pursuant to section 124.385 of the Revised Code.

(5) "Full-time permanent employee" means an employee whose regular hours of duty total eighty hours in a pay period in a state agency and whose appointment is not for a limited period of time.

(6) "Base rate of pay" means the rate of pay established under schedule B or C of section 124.15 or section 124.152 of the Revised Code or under schedule E-1, schedule E-1 for step seven only, or schedule E-2 of section 124.152 of the Revised Code, plus any supplement provided under section 124.181 of the Revised Code, plus any supplements enacted into law which are added to schedule B or C of section 124.15 of the Revised Code or to schedule E-1, schedule E-1 for step seven only, or schedule E-2 of section 124.152 of the Revised Code.

(7) "Part-time permanent employee" means an employee whose regular hours of duty total less than eighty hours in a pay period in a state agency and whose appointment is not for a limited period of time.

(B) Each full-time permanent and part-time permanent employee whose salary or wage is paid directly by warrant of the director of budget and management shall be credited with sick leave of three and one-tenth hours for each completed eighty hours of service, excluding overtime hours worked. Sick leave is not available for use until it appears on the employee's earning statement and the compensation described in the earning statement is available to the employee.

(C) Any sick leave credit provided pursuant to division (B) of this section, remaining as of the last day of the pay period preceding the first paycheck the employee receives in December, shall be converted pursuant to section 124.383 of the Revised Code.

(D) Employees may use sick leave, provided a credit balance is available, upon approval of the responsible administrative officer of the employing unit, for absence due to personal illness, pregnancy, injury, exposure to contagious disease that could be communicated to other employees, and illness, injury, or death in the employee's immediate family. When sick leave is used, it shall be deducted from the employee's credit on the basis of absence from previously scheduled work in such increments of an hour and at such a compensation rate as the director of administrative services determines. The appointing authority of each employing unit may require an employee to furnish a satisfactory, signed statement to justify the use of sick leave.

If, after having utilized the credit provided by this section, an employee utilizes sick leave that was accumulated prior to November 15, 1981, compensation for such sick leave used shall be at a rate as the director determines.

(E)(1) The previously accumulated sick leave balance of an employee who has been separated from the public service, for which separation payments pursuant to section 124.384 of the Revised Code have not been made, shall be placed to the employee's credit upon the employee's reemployment in the public service, if the reemployment takes place within ten years of the date on which the employee was last terminated from public service.

(2) The previously accumulated sick leave balance of an employee who has separated from a school district shall be placed to the employee's credit upon the employee's appointment as an unclassified employee of the state department of education, if all of the following apply:

(a) The employee accumulated the sick leave balance while employed by the school district.

(b) The employee did not receive any separation payments for the sick leave balance.

(c) The employee's employment with the department takes place within ten years after the date on which the employee separated from the school district.

(F) An employee who transfers from one public agency to another shall be credited with the unused balance of the employee's accumulated sick leave.

(G) The director of administrative services shall establish procedures to uniformly administer this section. No sick leave may be granted to a state employee upon or after the employee's retirement or termination of employment.

(H) As used in this division, "active payroll" means conditions under which an employee is in active pay status or eligible to receive pay for an approved leave of absence, including, but not limited to, occupational injury leave, disability leave, or workers' compensation.

(1) Employees who are in active payroll status on June 18, 2011, shall receive a one-time credit of additional sick leave in the pay period that begins on July 1, 2011. Full-time employees shall receive the lesser of either a one-time credit of thirty-two hours of additional sick leave or a one-time credit of additional sick leave equivalent to half the hours of personal leave the employee lost during the moratorium established under either division (A) of section 124.386 of the Revised Code or pursuant to a rule of the director of administrative services. Part-time employees shall receive a one-time credit of sixteen hours of additional sick leave.

(2) Employees who are not in active payroll status due to military leave or an absence taken in accordance with the federal "Family and Medical Leave Act" are eligible to receive the one-time additional sick leave credit.

(3) The one-time additional sick leave credit does not apply to employees of the supreme court, general assembly, legislative service commission, secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of state, or attorney general unless the supreme court, general assembly, legislative service commission, secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of state, or attorney general participated in the moratorium under division (H) or (I) of section 124.386 of the Revised Code and notifies in writing the director of administrative services on or before June 1, 2011, of the decision to participate in the one-time additional sick leave credit. Written notice under this division shall be signed by the appointing authority for employees of the supreme court, general assembly, or legislative service commission, as the case may be.

Sec. 124.388.  (A) An Except as otherwise provided in division (C) of this section, an appointing authority may, in its discretion, place an employee on administrative leave with pay. Administrative leave with pay is to be used only in circumstances where the health or safety of an employee or of any person or property entrusted to the employee's care could be adversely affected. Compensation for administrative leave with pay shall be equal to the employee's base rate of pay. The length of administrative leave with pay is solely at the discretion of the appointing authority, but shall not exceed the length of the situation for which the leave was granted. An appointing authority may also grant administrative leave with pay of two days or less for employees who are moved in accordance with section 124.33 of the Revised Code.

(B) An Except as otherwise provided in division (C) of this section, an appointing authority may, in its discretion, place an employee on administrative leave without pay for a period not to exceed two months, if the employee has been charged with a violation of law that is punishable as a felony. If the employee subsequently does not plead guilty to or is not found guilty of a felony with which the employee is charged or any other felony, the appointing authority shall pay the employee at the employee's base rate of pay, plus interest, for the period the employee was on the unpaid administrative leave.

(C) An appointing authority that is a city school district may place an employee on administrative leave in accordance with the policy the board of education of the district adopts pursuant to section 3319.141 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 124.39.  As used in this section, "retirement" means disability or service retirement under any state or municipal retirement system in this state.

(A)(1) Except as provided in division (A)(3) of this section, an employee of a state college or university may elect, at the time of retirement from active service and with ten or more years of service with the state or any of its political subdivisions, to be paid in cash for one-fourth of the value of the employee's accrued but unused sick leave credit. Such payment shall be based on the employee's rate of pay at the time of retirement. Payment for sick leave on this basis shall be considered to eliminate all sick leave credit accrued by the employee at that time. Such payment shall be made only once to any employee. The maximum payment which may be made under this division shall be for one-fourth of one hundred twenty days.

(2) A state college or university may adopt a policy allowing an employee to receive payment for more than one-fourth the value of the employee's unused sick leave or for more than the aggregate value of thirty days of the employee's unused sick leave, or allowing the number of years of service to be less than ten.

(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of division (A)(1) of this section, any employee who retired from the university of Cincinnati on or after September 25, 1978, and on or before November 15, 1981, may be paid in cash for up to one-half of the value of the employee's accrued but unused sick leave credit up to a maximum of sixty days if the employee otherwise meets the service and other requirements necessary to receive such payment and if any such payment has deducted from it any amount previously paid to the employee from the employee's accrued but unused sick leave credit at the time of the employee's retirement.

(B) Except as provided in division (C) of this section, an employee of a political subdivision covered by section 124.38 or 3319.141 of the Revised Code may elect, at the time of retirement from active service with the political subdivision, and with ten or more years of service with the state, any political subdivisions, or any combination thereof, to be paid in cash for one-fourth the value of the employee's accrued but unused sick leave credit. The payment shall be based on the employee's rate of pay at the time of retirement and eliminates all sick leave credit accrued but unused by the employee at the time payment is made. An employee may receive one or more payments under this division, but the aggregate value of accrued but unused sick leave credit that is paid shall not exceed, for all payments, the value of thirty days of accrued but unused sick leave.

(C) A political subdivision may adopt a policy allowing an employee to receive payment for more than one-fourth the value of the employee's unused sick leave or for more than the aggregate value of thirty days of the employee's unused sick leave, or allowing the number of years of service to be less than ten. The political subdivision may also adopt a policy permitting an employee to receive payment upon a termination of employment other than retirement or permitting more than one payment to any employee. Any policy adopted under this division by a political subdivision that is a city school district shall comply with the policy the board of education of the district adopts pursuant to section 3319.141 of the Revised Code.

Notwithstanding section 325.17 or any other section of the Revised Code authorizing any appointing authority of a county office, department, commission, or board to set compensation, any modification of the right provided by division (B) of this section, and any policy adopted under division (C) of this section, shall only apply to a county office, department, commission, or board if it is adopted in one of the following ways:

(1) By resolution of the board of county commissioners for any office, department, commission, or board that receives at least one-half of its funding from the county general revenue fund;

(2) By order of any appointing authority of a county office, department, commission, or board that receives less than one-half of its funding from the county general revenue fund. Such office, department, commission, or board shall provide written notice to the board of county commissioners of such order.

(3) As part of a collective bargaining agreement.

A political subdivision may adopt policies similar to the provisions contained in sections 124.382 to 124.386 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 124.81.  (A) Except as provided in division (F) of this section, the department of administrative services in consultation with the superintendent of insurance shall negotiate with and, in accordance with the competitive selection procedures of Chapter 125. of the Revised Code, contract with one or more insurance companies authorized to do business in this state, for the issuance of one of the following:

(1) A policy of group life insurance covering all state employees who are paid directly by warrant of the state auditor, including elected state officials;

(2) A combined policy, or coordinated policies of one or more insurance companies or health insuring corporations in combination with one or more insurance companies providing group life and health, medical, hospital, dental, or surgical insurance, or any combination thereof, covering all such employees;

(3) A policy that may include, but is not limited to, hospitalization, surgical, major medical, dental, vision, and medical health care, disability, hearing aids, prescription drugs benefits, group life, life, sickness, and accident insurance, group legal services, or a combination of the above benefits for some or all of the employees paid in accordance with section 124.152 of the Revised Code and for some or all of the employees listed in divisions (B)(2) and (4) of section 124.14 of the Revised Code, and their immediate dependents.

(B) The department of administrative services in consultation with the superintendent of insurance shall negotiate with and, in accordance with the competitive selection procedures of Chapter 125. of the Revised Code, contract with one or more insurance companies authorized to do business in this state, for the issuance of a policy of group life insurance covering all municipal and county court judges. The amount of such coverage shall be an amount equal to the aggregate salary set forth for each municipal court judge in sections 141.04 and 1901.11 of the Revised Code, and set forth for each county court judge in sections 141.04 and 1907.16 of the Revised Code.

(C) If a state employee uses all accumulated sick leave and then goes on an extended medical disability, the policyholder shall continue at no cost to the employee the coverage of the group life insurance for such employee for the period of such extended leave, but not beyond three years.

(D) If a state employee insured under a group life insurance policy as provided in division (A) of this section is laid off pursuant to section 124.32 of the Revised Code, such employee by request to the policyholder, made no later than the effective date of the layoff, may elect to continue the employee's group life insurance for the one-year period through which the employee may be considered to be on laid-off status by paying the policyholder through payroll deduction or otherwise twelve times the monthly premium computed at the existing average rate for the group life case for the amount of the employee's insurance thereunder at the time of the employee's layoff. The policyholder shall pay the premiums to the insurance company at the time of the next regular monthly premium payment for the actively insured employees and furnish the company appropriate data as to such laid-off employees. At the time an employee receives written notice of a layoff, the policyholder shall also give such employee written notice of the opportunity to continue group life insurance in accordance with this division. When such laid-off employee is reinstated for active work before the end of the one-year period, the employee shall be reclassified as insured again as an active employee under the group and appropriate refunds for the number of full months of unearned premium payment shall be made by the policyholder.

(E) This section does not affect the conversion rights of an insured employee when the employee's group insurance terminates under the policy.

(F) Notwithstanding division (A) of this section, the department may provide benefits equivalent to those that may be paid under a policy issued by an insurance company, or the department may, to comply with a collectively bargained contract, enter into an agreement with a jointly administered trust fund which receives contributions pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement entered into between this state, or any of its political subdivisions, and any collective bargaining representative of the employees of this state or any political subdivision for the purpose of providing for self-insurance of all risk in the provision of fringe benefits similar to those that may be paid pursuant to division (A) of this section, and the jointly administered trust fund may provide through the self-insurance method specific fringe benefits as authorized by the rules of the board of trustees of the jointly administered trust fund. Any health care benefits provided through the fund shall be the same as those health care benefits provided under a contract entered into under division (A) of this section. The director shall make any contract entered into under division (A) of this section that provides health care benefits available to the board of trustees of the jointly administered trust fund. Amounts from the fund may be used to pay direct and indirect costs that are attributable to consultants or a third-party administrator and that are necessary to administer this section. Benefits provided under this section include, but are not limited to, hospitalization, surgical care, major medical care, disability, dental care, vision care, medical health care, hearing aids, prescription drugs benefits, group life insurance, sickness and accident insurance, group legal services, or a combination of the above benefits, for the employees and their immediate dependents.

(G) Notwithstanding any other provision of the Revised Code, any public employer, including the state, and any of its political subdivisions, including, but not limited to, any county, county hospital, municipal corporation, township, park district, school district, state institution of higher education, public or special district, state agency, authority, commission, or board, or any other branch of public employment, and any collective bargaining representative of employees of the state or any political subdivision may agree in a collective bargaining agreement that any mutually agreed fringe benefit including, but not limited to, hospitalization, surgical care, major medical care, disability, dental care, vision care, medical health care, hearing aids, prescription drugs benefits, group life insurance, sickness and accident insurance, group legal services, or a combination thereof, for employees and their dependents be provided through a mutually agreed upon contribution to a jointly administered trust fund. Amounts from the fund may be used to pay direct and indirect costs that are attributable to consultants or a third-party administrator and that are necessary to administer this section. The amount, type, and structure of fringe benefits provided under this division is subject to the determination of the board of trustees of the jointly administered trust fund, except that any health care benefits provided through the fund shall be the same as those health care benefits provided under a contract entered into between the public employer and the insurance company providing those benefits. The public employer shall make that contract available to the board of trustees of the jointly administered trust fund. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Revised Code, competitive bidding does not apply to the purchase of fringe benefits for employees under this division through a jointly administered trust fund.

(H) The health care benefits provided to a management level employee, as defined in section 4117.01 of the Revised Code, under a contract entered into under this section shall be the same as any health care benefits provided to other employees of the same public employer.

(I) A public employer, including the state and any of its political subdivisions, shall not pay more than eighty-five per cent of the cost of the provision of health care benefits pursuant to this section.

(J) As used in this section and section 124.82 of the Revised Code, "health care benefits" includes hospitalization, surgical, major medical, dental, vision, and medical care, disability, hearing aids, prescription drugs, or a combination of these benefits.

Sec. 124.82.  (A) Except as provided in division (D) of this section, the department of administrative services, in consultation with the superintendent of insurance, shall, in accordance with competitive selection procedures of Chapter 125. of the Revised Code, contract with an insurance company or a health plan in combination with an insurance company, authorized to do business in this state, for the issuance of a policy or contract of health, medical, hospital, dental, or surgical benefits, or any combination of those benefits, covering state employees who are paid directly by warrant of the director of budget and management, including elected state officials. The department may fulfill its obligation under this division by exercising its authority under division (A)(2) of section 124.81 of the Revised Code.

(B) The department may, in addition, in consultation with the superintendent of insurance, negotiate and contract with health insuring corporations holding a certificate of authority under Chapter 1751. of the Revised Code, in their approved service areas only, for issuance of a contract or contracts of health care services, covering state employees who are paid directly by warrant of the director of budget and management, including elected state officials. The department may enter into contracts with one or more insurance carriers or health plans to provide the same plan of benefits, provided that:

(1) The amount of the premium or cost for such coverage contributed by the state, for an individual or for an individual and the individual's family, does not exceed that same amount of the premium or cost contributed by the state under division (A) of this section;

(2) The employee be permitted to exercise the option as to which plan the employee will select under division (A) or (B) of this section, at a time that shall be determined by the department;

(3) The health insuring corporations do not refuse to accept the employee, or the employee and the employee's family, if the employee exercises the option to select care provided by the corporations;

(4) The employee may choose participation in only one of the plans sponsored by the department;

(5) The director of health examines and certifies to the department that the quality and adequacy of care rendered by the health insuring corporations meet at least the standards of care provided by hospitals and physicians in that employee's community, who would be providing such care as would be covered by a contract awarded under division (A) of this section.

(C) All Except as provided in division (G) of this section, all or any portion of the cost, premium, or charge for the coverage in divisions (A) and (B) of this section may be paid in such manner or combination of manners as the department determines and may include the proration of health care costs, premiums, or charges for part-time employees.

(D) Notwithstanding division (A) of this section, the department may provide benefits equivalent to those that may be paid under a policy or contract issued by an insurance company or a health plan pursuant to division (A) of this section.

(E) This section does not prohibit the state office of collective bargaining from entering into an agreement with an employee representative for the purposes of providing fringe benefits, including, but not limited to, hospitalization, surgical care, major medical care, disability, dental care, vision care, medical health care, hearing aids, prescription drugs benefits, group life insurance, sickness and accident insurance, group legal services or other benefits, or any combination of those benefits, to employees paid directly by warrant of the director of budget and management through a jointly administered trust fund. The employer's contribution for the cost of the benefit care shall be mutually agreed to in the collectively bargained agreement. The amount, type, and structure of fringe benefits provided under this division is subject to the determination of the board of trustees of the jointly administered trust fund. Any health care benefits provided through the fund shall be the same as those health care benefits provided under a contract entered into under division (A) of section 124.81 of the Revised Code. The director of administrative services shall make any contract entered into under that division that provides health care benefits available to the board of trustees of the jointly administered trust fund. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Revised Code, competitive bidding does not apply to the purchase of fringe benefits for employees under this division when those benefits are provided through a jointly administered trust fund.

(F) Members of state boards or commissions may be covered by any policy, contract, or plan of benefits or services described in division (A) or (B) of this section. Board or commission members who are appointed for a fixed term and who are compensated on a per meeting basis, or paid only for expenses, or receive a combination of per diem payments and expenses shall pay the entire amount of the premiums, costs, or charges for that coverage.

(G) The health care benefits provided to a management level employee, as defined in section 4117.01 of the Revised Code, under a contract entered into under this section shall be the same as any health care benefits provided to other employees of the same public employer.

(H) A state employee who receives insurance under this section shall pay at least fifteen per cent of the cost of the premium assessed for any insurance policy issued pursuant to this section that covers health, medical, hospital, or surgical benefits.

Sec. 124.94. (A) There is hereby created the Ohio commission for excellence in public service, which shall consist of at least seven and not more than eleven voting members. The director may appoint additional participants and establish advisory committees for the commission, but any additional participants shall not be voting members.

(B) Within forty days after the effective date of this section, the director of administrative services shall appoint the voting members of the commission. In making the appointments, the director shall consult with organizations that have both of the following:

(1) Memberships consisting of, and that represent the professional or labor interests of, employees of state agencies, state institutions of higher education, or political subdivisions of this state;

(2) Memberships that employ public service employees, including municipal leagues and municipal league organizations, which include mayors' associations and municipal finance officers, county auditors, judges, county commissioners, county prosecutors, county sheriffs, township trustees, school boards, and school superintendents.

(C) The commission shall consult with public and private organizations located internationally, nationally, and within this state and with members or employees in this state that have been recognized as having expertise and competencies in best practices that foster healthy workplace conditions for both employees and employers.

(D) The commission may partner with existing organizations to perform its functions in order to maximize resources and demonstrate lean and efficient practices. The commission may organize itself with capability to contract or employ and to have fiscal authority to receive funds from private or public entities, contract for services, provide grants, and establish cost matching or gain sharing programs. Members of the commission shall receive no compensation but shall be reimbursed for the actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

(E) The commission shall do all of the following:

(1) Establish and guide programs that foster best practices for developing and maintaining healthy working relationships in public service workplaces in state and local governments in this state;

(2) Emphasize approaches that encourage involvement of direct-service employees and their supervisors in identifying and implementing division (E)(1) of this section.

(3) Promote programs that offer scholarships or other financial aid, provide certification or other accreditation, and provide recognition through awards or other means to individuals and organizations that achieve excellence in division (E)(1) of this section.

(F) The programs described in division (E)(3) of this section shall be promoted in public and private high schools, colleges and universities, amongst associations of governmental officials, and amongst public employee organizations in order to teach best practices under division (E)(1) of this section.

(G) The commission annually shall prepare a report on the activities and finances of the commission beginning not later than one year and three months after a majority of the initial membership of the commission is appointed. The commission shall post the report in a conspicuous location on the commission's web site.

Sec. 126.32.  (A) Any officer of any state agency may authorize reimbursement for travel, including the costs of transportation, for lodging, and for meals to any person who is interviewing for a position that is would be classified in pay range 13 or above in schedule E-1 or schedule E-1 for step seven only as prescribed in the version of section 124.152 of the Revised Code in effect immediately prior to the effective date of this amendment, or is otherwise classified in schedule E-2, of under section 124.152 of the Revised Code.

(B) If a person is appointed to a position listed in section 121.03 of the Revised Code, to the position of chairperson of the industrial commission, adjutant general, chancellor of the Ohio board of regents, superintendent of public instruction, chairperson of the public utilities commission of Ohio, or director of the state lottery commission, to a position holding a fiduciary relationship to the governor, to a position of an appointing authority of the department of mental health, developmental disabilities, or rehabilitation and correction, to a position of superintendent in the department of youth services, or to a position under section 122.05 of the Revised Code, and if that appointment requires a permanent change of residence, the appropriate state agency may reimburse the person for the person's actual and necessary expenses, including the cost of in-transit storage of household goods and personal effects, of moving the person and members of the person's immediate family residing in the person's household, and of moving their household goods and personal effects, to the person's new location.

Until that person moves the person's permanent residence to the new location, but not for a period that exceeds thirty consecutive days, the state agency may reimburse the person for the person's temporary living expenses at the new location that the person has incurred on behalf of the person and members of the person's immediate family residing in the person's household. In addition, the state agency may reimburse that person for the person's travel expenses between the new location and the person's former residence during this period for a maximum number of trips specified by rule of the director of budget and management, but the state agency shall not reimburse the person for travel expenses incurred for those trips by members of the person's immediate family. With the prior written approval of the director, the maximum thirty-day period for temporary living expenses may be extended for a person appointed to a position under section 122.05 of the Revised Code.

The director of development may reimburse a person appointed to a position under section 122.05 of the Revised Code for the person's actual and necessary expenses of moving the person and members of the person's immediate family residing in the person's household back to the United States and may reimburse a person appointed to such a position for the cost of storage of household goods and personal effects of the person and the person's immediate family while the person is serving outside the United States, if the person's office outside the United States is the person's primary job location.

(C) All reimbursement under division (A) or (B) of this section shall be made in the manner, and at rates that do not exceed those, provided by rule of the director of budget and management in accordance with section 111.15 of the Revised Code. Reimbursements may be made under division (B) of this section directly to the persons who incurred the expenses or directly to the providers of goods or services the persons receive, as determined by the director of budget and management.

Sec. 141.01.  Except as provided in section 141.011 of the Revised Code, the annual salaries of the elective executive officers of the state are as follows:

(A) Governor, one hundred twenty-two thousand eight hundred twelve dollars;

(B) Lieutenant governor, sixty-four thousand three hundred seventy-five dollars;

(C) Secretary of state, ninety thousand seven hundred twenty-five dollars;

(D) Auditor of state, ninety thousand seven hundred twenty-five dollars;

(E) Treasurer of state, ninety thousand seven hundred twenty-five dollars;

(F) Attorney general, ninety thousand seven hundred twenty-five dollars.

These salaries shall be paid according to the schedule established in division (B) of rules adopted by the director of administrative services under section 124.15 of the Revised Code. Upon the death of an elected executive officer of the state listed in divisions (A) to (F) of this section during the officer's term of office, an amount shall be paid in accordance with section 2113.04 of the Revised Code, or to the officer's estate. The amount shall equal the amount of the salary that the officer would have received during the remainder of the officer's unexpired term or an amount equal to the salary of the office held for two years, whichever is less.

Unless a higher salary is explicitly established by statute, no officer or employee elected or appointed, and no officer or employee of any state agency or state-assisted institution except a state institution of higher education or the Ohio board of regents for the positions of chancellor and vice chancellor for health affairs, shall be paid as an officer or employee, whether from appropriated or nonappropriated funds, a total salary that exceeds fifty-five thousand dollars per calendar year. This paragraph does not apply to the salaries of individuals holding or appointed to endowed academic chairs or endowed academic professorships at a state-supported institution of higher education or to the salaries of individuals paid under schedule C of section 124.15 or under schedule E-2 of section 124.152 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 141.02.  (A) The salaries of the adjutant general, the assistant adjutant general for army, the assistant adjutant general for air, and the assistant quartermaster general shall be paid according to divisions (B) and (H) of rules adopted by the director of administrative services under section 124.15 of the Revised Code.

(B) The adjutant general, the assistant adjutant general for army, the assistant adjutant general for air, and the assistant quartermaster general shall receive the basic allowances for quarters and for subsistence of their rank according to the pay at the time prescribed for the armed forces of the United States, except that the assistant adjutant general for air shall not receive flying pay. The adjutant general shall not receive any flying pay, even if the adjutant general is an officer in the air national guard.

(C) The adjutant general, assistant adjutant general for army, and the assistant adjutant general for air may take a leave of absence from their respective positions without loss of pay for the time they are performing service in the uniformed service as required by their federally recognized officer status. These positions shall not accrue leave as other permanent state employees do but shall accrue leave and record usage of leave as if these positions were those of the administrative department heads listed in section 121.03 of the Revised Code.

(D) If the assistant quartermaster general is a federally recognized officer, the assistant quartermaster general may take a leave of absence from the position without loss of pay for the time the assistant quartermaster general is performing service in the uniformed service as required by the person's federally recognized officer status and the assistant quartermaster general shall not accrue leave as other permanent state employees do but shall accrue leave and record usage of leave as if the assistant quartermaster general were an administrative department head listed in section 121.03 of the Revised Code. If the assistant quartermaster general is not a federally recognized officer, the assistant quartermaster general shall accrue leave as other permanent state employees do.

(E) Notwithstanding Chapter 102. of the Revised Code and any other provision of law, the adjutant general, assistant adjutant general for army, assistant adjutant general for air, and assistant quartermaster general may retain, in addition to any state compensation, any federal pay, allowances, and compensation received because of any federally recognized officer status.

Sec. 145.012.  (A) "Public employee," as defined in division (A) of section 145.01 of the Revised Code, does not include any person:

(1) Who is employed by a private, temporary-help service and performs services under the direction of a public employer or is employed on a contractual basis as an independent contractor under a personal service contract with a public employer;

(2) Who is an emergency employee serving on a temporary basis in case of fire, snow, earthquake, flood, or other similar emergency;

(3) Who is employed in a program established pursuant to the "Job Training Partnership Act," 96 Stat. 1322 (1982), 29 U.S.C.A. 1501;

(4) Who is an appointed member of either the motor vehicle salvage dealers board or the motor vehicle dealer's board whose rate and method of payment are determined pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code;

(5) Who is employed as an election worker and paid less than five hundred dollars per calendar year for that service;

(6) Who is employed as a firefighter in a position requiring satisfactory completion of a firefighter training course approved under former section 3303.07 or section 4765.55 of the Revised Code or conducted under section 3737.33 of the Revised Code except for the following:

(a) Any firefighter who has elected under section 145.013 of the Revised Code to remain a contributing member of the public employees retirement system;

(b) Any firefighter who was eligible to transfer from the public employees retirement system to the Ohio police and fire pension fund under section 742.51 or 742.515 of the Revised Code and did not elect to transfer;

(c) Any firefighter who has elected under section 742.516 of the Revised Code to transfer from the Ohio police and fire pension fund to the public employees retirement system.

(7) Who is a member of the board of health of a city or general health district, which pursuant to sections 3709.051 and 3709.07 of the Revised Code includes a combined health district, and whose compensation for attendance at meetings of the board is set forth in division (B) of section 3709.02 or division (B) of section 3709.05 of the Revised Code, as appropriate;

(8) Who participates in an alternative retirement plan established under Chapter 3305. of the Revised Code;

(9) Who is a member of the board of directors of a sanitary district established under Chapter 6115. of the Revised Code;

(10) Who is a member of the unemployment compensation advisory council;

(11) Who is an employee, officer, or governor-appointed member of the board of directors of the nonprofit corporation formed under section 187.01 of the Revised Code.

(B) No inmate of a correctional institution operated by the department of rehabilitation and correction, no patient in a hospital for the mentally ill or criminally insane operated by the department of mental health, no resident in an institution for the mentally retarded operated by the department of developmental disabilities, no resident admitted as a patient of a veterans' home operated under Chapter 5907. of the Revised Code, and no resident of a county home shall be considered as a public employee for the purpose of establishing membership or calculating service credit or benefits under this chapter. Nothing in this division shall be construed to affect any service credit attained by any person who was a public employee before becoming an inmate, patient, or resident at any institution listed in this division, or the payment of any benefit for which such a person or such a person's beneficiaries otherwise would be eligible.

Sec. 145.47.  (A) Each public employee who is a contributor to the public employees retirement system shall contribute eight per cent of the contributor's earnable salary to the employees' savings fund, except that the public employees retirement board may raise the contribution rate to a rate not greater than ten per cent of the employee's earnable salary.

The contributions required under this section shall not be paid by an employer on an employee's behalf, but may be treated as employer contributions for purposes of state and federal income tax deferred income provisions.

(B) The head of each state department, institution, board, and commission, and the fiscal officer of each local authority subject to this chapter, shall deduct from the earnable salary of each contributor on every payroll of such contributor for each payroll period subsequent to the date of coverage, an amount equal to the applicable per cent of the contributor's earnable salary. The head of each state department and the fiscal officer of each local authority subject to this chapter shall transmit promptly to the system a report of contributions at such intervals and in such form as the system shall require, showing thereon all deductions for the system made from the earnable salary of each contributor employed, together with warrants, checks, or electronic payments covering the total of such deductions. A penalty shall be added when such report, together with warrants, checks, or electronic payments to cover the total amount due from the earnable salary of all amenable employees of such employer, is filed thirty or more days after the last day of such reporting period. The system, after making a record of all receipts under this division, shall deposit the receipts with the treasurer of state for use as provided by this chapter.

(C) Unless the board adopts a rule under division (D) of this section, the penalty described in division (B) of this section for failing to timely transmit a report, pay the total amount due, or both is as follows:

(1) At least one but not more than ten days past due, an amount equal to one per cent of the total amount due;

(2) At least eleven but not more than thirty days past due, an amount equal to two and one-half per cent of the total amount due;

(3) Thirty-one or more days past due, an amount equal to five per cent of the total amount due.

The penalty described in this division shall be added to and collected on the next succeeding regular employer billing. Interest at a rate set by the retirement board shall be charged on the amount of the penalty in case such penalty is not paid within thirty days after it is added to the regular employer billing.

(D) The board may adopt rules to establish penalties in amounts that do not exceed the amounts specified in divisions (C)(1) to (3) of this section.

(E) In addition to the periodical reports of deduction required by this section, the fiscal officer of each local authority subject to this chapter shall submit to the system at least once each year a complete listing of all noncontributing appointive employees. Where an employer fails to transmit contributions to the system, the system may make a determination of the employees' liability for contributions and certify to the employer the amounts due for collection in the same manner as payments due the employers' accumulation fund. Any amounts so collected shall be held in trust pending receipt of a report of contributions for such public employees for the period involved as provided by law and, thereafter, the amount in trust shall be transferred to the employees' savings fund to the credit of the employees. Any amount remaining after the transfer to the employees' savings fund shall be transferred to the employers' accumulation fund as a credit of such employer.

(F) The fiscal officer of each local authority subject to this chapter shall require each new contributor to submit to the system a detailed report of all the contributor's previous service as a public employee along with such other facts as the board requires for the proper operation of the system.

(G) Any member who, because of the member's own illness, injury, or other reason which may be approved by the member's employer is prevented from making the member's contribution to the system for any payroll period, may pay such deductions as a back payment within one year.

Sec. 306.04.  (A) Except as otherwise provided in division (B) of this section, employees of a county transit board or a board of county commissioners operating a transit system are employees of the county. If the system is operated by the board of county commissioners, the board shall appoint an executive director, who shall be in the unclassified service.

(B) Any county transit board that established its own civil service organization and procedure prior to the effective date of this amendment October 25, 1995, shall continue to operate under that organization. Appointments and promotions in that system shall be made, as far as practicable, by competitive examination.

A board that established its own civil service organization prior to the effective date of this amendment October 25, 1995, shall establish by rule the seniority provisions relating to street railway and motor bus employees in effect at the time of the acquisition of the transit system by the county. When a reduction in force is necessary, the board shall not use an employee's length of service as the only factor to determine whether to lay off the employee. The vacation, holiday, and sick leave privileges shall not be regulated by other provisions of law relating to public employees of the state or county, except that the transit board, its officers and employees, shall be subject to the public employees retirement system of the state and the transit board shall assume any pension obligations which have been assumed by any publicly owned transit system which the county may acquire.

(C) A county transit board or board of county commissioners operating a transit system may:

(1) Acquire in its name by gift, grant, purchase, or condemnation and hold and operate real estate and interests therein and personal property suitable for its purposes;

(2) In its name purchase, acquire, construct, enlarge, improve, equip, repair, maintain, sell, exchange, lease as lessee or lessor, receive a right of use of, and manage, control, and operate, in or out of the county, a county transit system consisting of all real estate and interests therein, personal property, and a combination thereof, for or related to the movement of persons including but not limited to street railway, tramline, subways, rapid transits, monorails, and passenger bus systems but excluding therefrom trucks, the movement of property by truck, and facilities designed for use in the movement of property by truck for hire;

(3) Issue, with the approval of the county commissioners when the issuance is made by the transit board, revenue bonds of the county as provided in division (B) of section 306.09 of the Revised Code, to secure funds to accomplish its purposes. The principal of and interest on such bonds, together with all other payments required to be made by the trust agreement or indenture securing such bonds, shall be paid solely from revenues or other income accruing to the board from facilities of the county transit system designated in said agreement or indenture.

(4) Enter into contracts in the exercise of the rights, powers, and duties conferred upon it, and execute all instruments necessary in the conduct of its business;

(5) Fix, alter, and charge rates and other charges for the use of its real estate and interests therein, personal property, and combinations thereof;

(6) Employ such financial consultants, accountants, appraisers, consulting engineers, architects, construction experts, attorneys-at-law, managers and other supervisory personnel, and other officers, employees, and agents as it determines necessary to conduct its business, and fix their compensation and duties;

(7) Pledge, hypothecate, or otherwise encumber its revenues and other income as security for its obligations and enter into trust agreements or indentures for the benefit of revenue bondholders;

(8) Borrow money or accept or contract to accept advances, loans, gifts, grants, devises, or bequests from and enter into contracts or agreements with any federal, state, or other governmental or private source and hold and apply advances, loans, gifts, grants, devises, or bequests according to the terms thereof including provisions which are required by such federal, state, or other governmental or private source to protect the interest of employees affected by such advances, loans, gifts, grants, devises, or bequests. Such advances, loans, gifts, grants, or devises may be subject to any reasonable reservation and any gift, grant, or devise or real estate may be in fee simple or any lesser estate. Any advances or loans received from any federal, state, or other governmental or private source may be repaid in accordance with the terms of such advance or loan.

(9) Conduct investigations and surveys into the needs of the public within or without the county for transportation services to provide for the movement of persons within, into, or from the area serviced or to be serviced by the county transit system;

(10) Enter into lawful arrangements with the appropriate federal or state department or agency, county, township, municipal corporation, or other political subdivision or public agency for the planning and installation of any public facilities which are determined necessary in the conduct of its business;

(11) Purchase fire, extended coverage, and liability insurance for the real estate and interests therein, personal property and any combination thereof, used by or in connection with the county transit system and insurance covering the board and the county transit system and its officers and employees for liability for damage or injury to persons or property;

(12) Procure and pay all or any part of the cost of group hospitalization, surgical, major medical, or sickness and accident insurance, or a combination thereof, for the officers and employees of the county transit system and their immediate dependents, issued by an insurance company, duly authorized to do business in this state;

(13) Sell, lease, release, or otherwise dispose of real estate or interests therein or personal property owned by it and grant such easements across its real estate and interests therein as will not interfere with its use by the county transit system;

(14) Establish rules for the use and operation of the county transit system including the real estate or interests therein, personal property or a combination of the foregoing used by or in connection with such system;

(15) Exercise the power of eminent domain to appropriate any real estate or interests therein, personal property, franchises, or any combination thereof, within or without the county, necessary or proper in the exercise of its powers provided in sections 306.01 to 306.13 of the Revised Code, as provided in sections 163.01 to 163.22 of the Revised Code, and subject to divisions (15)(a), (b), and (c) of this section, provided that a county transit board or a board of county commissioners operating a transit system shall not proceed to so appropriate real property outside its territorial boundaries, until it has served at the office of the county commissioners of the county in which it is proposed to appropriate real property, a notice describing the real property to be taken and the purpose for which it is proposed to be taken, and such county commissioners have entered on their journal within thirty days after such service a resolution approving such appropriation;

(a) Nothing contained in this division authorizes a county transit board or a board of county commissioners to appropriate any land, rights, rights-of-way, franchises, or easements belonging to the state or to a municipal corporation without the consent of the state or of the municipal corporation, and no county transit board or board of county commissioners shall exercise the right of eminent domain to acquire any certificate of public convenience and necessity, or any part thereof, issued to a motor transportation company by the public utilities commission of Ohio or by the interstate commerce commission of the United States, or to take or disturb other real estate or interests therein, personal property, or any combination thereof belonging to any municipal corporation without the consent of the legislative authority of such municipal corporation, or take or disturb real estate or interests therein, personal property, or any combination thereof belonging to any other political subdivision, public corporation, public utility, or common carrier, which is necessary and convenient in the operation of such political subdivision, public corporation, public utility, or common carrier unless provision is made for the restoration, relocation, or duplication of that taken or upon the election of such political subdivision, public corporation, public utility, or common carrier for the payment of compensation, if any, at the sole cost of the county transit system.

(b) If any restoration or duplication proposed to be made under this division involves a relocation, the new location shall have at least comparable utilitarian value and effectiveness, and such relocation shall not impair the ability of the public utility or common carrier to compete in its original area of operation.

(c) If such restoration or duplication proposed to be made under this division involves a relocation, the county transit board or board of county commissioners shall acquire no interest or right in or to the appropriated property or facility until the relocated property or facility is available for use and until marketable title thereto has been transferred to the political subdivision, public corporation, public utility, or common carrier. Nothing in this division shall require any board of county commissioners or county transit board operating a county transit system to so restore, relocate, or duplicate, if all of the real estate and interests therein, personal property, and any combination of the foregoing which is owned by a public utility or common carrier and used by it or in connection with the movement of persons, is acquired by exercise of the power of eminent domain.

(16) When real property is acquired that is located outside the county and is removed from the tax duplicate, the county transit board or board of county commissioners operating a transit system shall pay annually to the county treasurer of the county in which that property is located, commencing with the first tax year in which that property is removed from the tax duplicate, an amount of money in lieu of taxes equal to the smaller of the following:

(a) The last annual installment of taxes due from the acquired property before removal from the tax duplicate;

(b) An amount equal to the difference between the combined revenue from real estate taxes of all the taxing districts in which the property is located in the tax year immediately prior to the removal of the acquired property from the tax duplicate, and either:

(i) The total revenue which would be produced by the tax rate of each such taxing district in the tax year immediately prior to the removal of the acquired property from the tax duplicate, applied to the real estate tax duplicate of each of such taxing districts in each tax year subsequent to the year of removal; or

(ii) The combined revenue from real estate taxes of all such taxing districts in each tax year subsequent to the year of removal, whichever is the greater.

The county transit board or board of county commissioners may be exempted from such payment by agreement of the affected taxing district or districts in the county in which the property is located.

The county auditor of the county in which that property is located shall apportion each such annual payment to each taxing district as if the annual payment had been levied and collected as a tax.

Those annual payments shall never again be made after they have ceased.

(17) Sue or be sued, plead or be impleaded, and be held liable in any court of proper jurisdiction for damages received by reason of negligence, in the same manner and to the same extent as if the county transit system were privately operated, provided, that no funds of a county other than those of the county transit board or, if the transit system is operated by the board of county commissioners, other than those in the account for the county transit system created under division (C) of section 306.01 of the Revised Code, shall be available for the satisfaction of judgments rendered against that system;

(18) Annually prepare and make available for public inspection a report in condensed form showing the financial results of the operation of the county transit system. For systems operated by a county transit board, copies of this report shall be furnished to the county commissioners as well as a monthly summary statement of revenues and expenses for the preceding month sufficient to show the exact financial condition of the county transit system as of the last day of the preceding month.

(19) With the approval of the county commissioners when the action is taken by the transit board, and without competitive bidding, sell, lease, or grant the right of use of all or a portion of the county transit system to any other political subdivision, taxing district, or other public body or agency having the power to operate a transit system;

(20) Enter into and supervise franchise agreements for the operation of a county transit system;

(21) Accept the assignment of and then supervise an existing franchise agreement for the operation of a county transit system.

Sec. 307.054.  (A) The board of trustees of a joint emergency medical services district shall employ an executive director, who shall be in the unclassified service, and fix his the executive director's compensation. In addition to that compensation, the director shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of his the executive director's official duties. The board may enter into an employment contract with the executive director for a period not to exceed three years. In the absence of contrary contractual provisions, the board may remove the director by a majority vote of the full membership, but only after holding a hearing on the matter if the director requests such a hearing.

Except as otherwise provided in this division, the board shall prescribe the director's duties and may authorize the director to act on its behalf in the performance of its administrative duties. In addition to those duties prescribed by the board, the director shall do all the following:

(1) Subject to the board's approval for each contract, execute contracts on the board's behalf;

(2) Supervise all services provided or contracted for and all facilities operated or contracted for, and ensure that emergency medical services are being lawfully administered in conformity with the Revised Code and the resolution creating the district;

(3) Recommend changes to the board that may increase the effectiveness of emergency medical services within the district;

(4) Employ persons for all positions authorized by the board and approve all personnel actions that affect classified employees;

(5) Approve compensation for employees within the limits set by the salary schedule and budget established by the board;

(6) Prepare an annual report of the services provided by the district, including a fiscal accounting, for the board to approve.

(B) Except as otherwise provided in this section, employees of the district shall be treated the same as county employees for the purposes of Chapter 124. of the Revised Code and any other provisions of state law applicable to county employees. Instead of or in addition to appointing employees of the district, the board of trustees may contract with one or more of the participating counties for county employees to serve the district and for the district to share in their compensation in any manner that may be agreed upon in the joint resolution creating the district.

(C) For purposes of division (A)(5) of this section, the board, when establishing a salary schedule, shall require performance to be the only basis, and the executive director shall use performance as the only basis, for an employee's progression through the schedule.

Sec. 339.06.  (A) The board of county hospital trustees, upon completion of construction or leasing and equipping of a county hospital, shall assume and continue the operation of the hospital.

(B) The board of county hospital trustees shall have the entire management and control of the county hospital. The board shall establish such rules for the hospital's government and the admission of persons as are expedient.

(C) The board of county hospital trustees has control of the property of the county hospital, including management and disposal of surplus property other than real estate or an interest in real estate.

(D) With respect to the use of funds by the board of county hospital trustees and its accounting for the use of funds, all of the following apply:

(1) The board of county hospital trustees has control of all funds used in the county hospital's operation, including moneys received from the operation of the hospital, moneys appropriated for its operation by the board of county commissioners, and moneys resulting from special levies submitted by the board of county commissioners as provided for in section 5705.22 of the Revised Code.

(2) Of the funds used in the county hospital's operation, all or part of any amount determined not to be necessary to meet current demands on the hospital may be invested by the board of county hospital trustees or its designee in any classifications of securities and obligations eligible for deposit or investment of county moneys pursuant to section 135.35 of the Revised Code, subject to the approval of the board's written investment policy by the county investment advisory committee established pursuant to section 135.341 of the Revised Code.

(3) Annually, not later than sixty days before the end of the fiscal year used by the county hospital, the board of county hospital trustees shall submit its proposed budget for the ensuing fiscal year to the board of county commissioners for that board's review. The board of county commissioners shall review and approve the proposed budget by the first day of the fiscal year to which the budget applies. If the board of county commissioners has not approved the budget by the first day of the fiscal year to which the budget applies, the budget is deemed to have been approved by the board on the first day of that fiscal year.

(4) The board of county hospital trustees shall not expend funds received from taxes collected pursuant to any tax levied under section 5705.22 of the Revised Code or the amount appropriated to the county hospital by the board of county commissioners in the annual appropriation measure for the county until its budget for the applicable fiscal year is approved in accordance with division (C)(3) of this section. At any time the amount received from those sources differs from the amount shown in the approved budget, the board of county commissioners may require the board of county hospital trustees to revise the county hospital budget accordingly.

(5) Funds under the control of the board of county hospital trustees may be disbursed by the board, consistent with the approved budget, for the uses and purposes of the county hospital; for the replacement of necessary equipment; for the acquisition, leasing, or construction of permanent improvements to county hospital property; or for making a donation authorized by division (E) of this section. Each disbursement of funds shall be made on a voucher signed by signatories designated and approved by the board of county hospital trustees.

(6) The head of a board of county hospital trustees is not required to file an estimate of contemplated revenue and expenditures for the ensuing fiscal year under section 5705.28 of the Revised Code unless the board of county commissioners levies a tax for the county hospital, or such a tax is proposed, or the board of county hospital trustees desires that the board of county commissioners make an appropriation to the county hospital for the ensuing fiscal year.

(7) All moneys appropriated by the board of county commissioners or from special levies by the board of county commissioners for the operation of the hospital, when collected shall be paid to the board of county hospital trustees on a warrant of the county auditor and approved by the board of county commissioners.

(8) The board of county hospital trustees shall provide for the conduct of an annual financial audit of the county hospital. Not later than thirty days after it receives the final report of an annual financial audit, the board shall file a copy of the report with the board of county commissioners.

(E) For the public purpose of improving the health, safety, and general welfare of the community, the board of county hospital trustees may donate to a nonprofit entity any of the following:

(1) Moneys and other financial assets determined not to be necessary to meet current demands on the hospital;

(2) Surplus hospital property, including supplies, equipment, office facilities, and other property that is not real estate or an interest in real estate;

(3) Services rendered by the hospital.

(F)(1) For purposes of division (F)(2) of this section:

(a) "Bank" has the same meaning as in section 1101.01 of the Revised Code.

(b) "Savings and loan association" has the same meaning as in section 1151.01 of the Revised Code.

(c) "Savings bank" has the same meaning as in section 1161.01 of the Revised Code.

(2) The board of county hospital trustees may enter into a contract for a secured line of credit with a bank, savings and loan association, or savings bank if the contract meets all of the following requirements:

(a) The term of the contract does not exceed one year, except that the contract may provide for the automatic renewal of the contract for up to four additional one-year periods if, on the date of automatic renewal, the aggregate outstanding draws remaining unpaid under the secured line of credit do not exceed fifty per cent of the maximum amount that can be drawn under the secured line of credit.

(b) The contract provides that the bank, savings and loan association, or savings bank shall not commence a civil action against the board of county commissioners, any member of the board, or the county to recover the principal, interest, or any charges or other amounts that remain outstanding on the secured line of credit at the time of any default by the board of county hospital trustees.

(c) The contract provides that no assets other than those of the county hospital can be used to secure the line of credit.

(d) The terms and conditions of the contract comply with all state and federal statutes and rules governing the extension of a secured line of credit.

(3) Any obligation incurred by a board of county hospital trustees under division (F)(2) of this section is an obligation of that board only and not a general obligation of the board of county commissioners or the county within the meaning of division (Q) of section 133.01 of the Revised Code.

(4) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Revised Code, the board of county hospital trustees may secure the line of credit authorized under division (F)(2) of this section by the grant of a security interest in any part or all of its tangible personal property and intangible personal property, including its deposit accounts, accounts receivable, or both.

(5) No board of county hospital trustees shall at any time have more than one secured line of credit under division (F)(2) of this section.

(G) The board of county hospital trustees shall establish a schedule of charges for all services and treatment rendered by the county hospital. It may provide for the free treatment in the hospital of soldiers, sailors, and marines of the county, under such conditions and rules as it prescribes.

(H) The board of county hospital trustees may designate the amounts and forms of insurance protection to be provided, and the board of county commissioners shall assist in obtaining such protection. The expense of providing the protection shall be paid from hospital operating funds.

(I) The board of county hospital trustees may authorize a county hospital and each of its units, hospital board members, designated hospital employees, and medical staff members to be a member of and maintain membership in any local, state, or national group or association organized and operated for the promotion of the public health and welfare or advancement of the efficiency of hospital administration and in connection therewith to use tax funds for the payment of dues and fees and related expenses but nothing in this section prohibits the board from using receipts from hospital operation, other than tax funds, for the payment of such dues and fees.

(J) The following apply to the board of county hospital trustees in relation to its employees and the employees of the county hospital:

(1) The board shall adopt the wage and salary schedule for employees.

(2) The board may employ the hospital's administrator pursuant to section 339.07 of the Revised Code, and the administrator may employ individuals for the hospital in accordance with that section.

(3) The board may employ assistants as necessary to perform its clerical work, superintend properly the construction of the county hospital, and pay the hospital's expenses. Such employees may be paid from funds provided for the county hospital.

(4) The board may hire, by contract or as salaried employees, such management consultants, accountants, attorneys, engineers, architects, construction managers, and other professional advisors as it determines are necessary and desirable to assist in the management of the programs and operation of the county hospital. Such professional advisors may be paid from county hospital operating funds.

(5) Notwithstanding section 325.19 of the Revised Code, the board may grant to employees any fringe benefits the board determines to be customary and usual in the nonprofit hospital field in its community, including, but not limited to:

(a) Additional vacation leave with full pay for full-time employees, including full-time hourly rate employees, after service of one year;

(b) Vacation leave and holiday pay for part-time employees on a pro rata basis;

(c) Leave with full pay due to death in the employee's immediate family, which shall not be deducted from the employee's accumulated sick leave;

(d) Premium pay for working on holidays listed in section 325.19 of the Revised Code;

(e) Moving expenses for new employees;

(f) Discounts on hospital supplies and services.

(6) The board may provide holiday leave by observing Martin Luther King day, Washington-Lincoln day, Columbus day, and Veterans' day on days other than those specified in section 1.14 of the Revised Code.

(7) The board may grant to employees the insurance benefits authorized by section 339.16 of the Revised Code.

(8) Notwithstanding section 325.19 of the Revised Code, the board may grant to employees, including hourly rate employees, such personal holidays as the board determines to be customary and usual in the hospital field in its community.

(9) The board may provide employee recognition awards and hold employee recognition dinners.

(10) The board may grant to employees the recruitment and retention benefits specified under division (K)(L) of this section.

(K) For purposes of division (J)(1) of this section, the board of county hospital trustees, when establishing a wage and salary schedule, shall require performance to be the only basis for an employee's progression through the schedule.

(L) Notwithstanding sections 325.191 and 325.20 of the Revised Code, the board of county hospital trustees may provide, without the prior authorization of the board of county commissioners, scholarships for education in the health care professions, tuition reimbursement, and other staff development programs to enhance the skills of health care professionals for the purpose of recruiting or retaining qualified employees.

The board of county hospital trustees may pay reasonable expenses for recruiting or retaining physicians and other appropriate health care practitioners.

(L)(M) The board of county hospital trustees may retain counsel and institute legal action in its own name for the collection of delinquent accounts. The board may also employ any other lawful means for the collection of delinquent accounts.

Sec. 339.07.  (A) The board of county hospital trustees shall provide for the administration of the county hospital by directly employing a hospital administrator or by entering into a contract for the management of the hospital under which an administrator is provided. When an administrator is employed directly, the board shall adopt a job description delineating the administrator's powers and duties and the board may pay the administrator's salary and other benefits from funds provided for the hospital.

(B) During the construction and equipping of the hospital, the administrator shall act in an advisory capacity to the board of county hospital trustees. After the hospital is completed, the administrator shall serve as the chief executive officer and shall carry out the administration of the county hospital according to the policies set forth by the board.

The administrator shall administer the county hospital, make reports, and take any other action that the administrator determines is necessary for the operation of the hospital.

At the end of each fiscal year, the administrator shall submit to the board a complete financial statement showing the receipts, revenues, and expenditures in detail for the entire fiscal year.

The administrator shall ensure that the hospital has such physicians, nurses, and other employees as are necessary for the proper care, control, and management of the county hospital and its patients. The physicians, nurses, and other employees may be suspended or removed by the administrator at any time the welfare of the hospital warrants suspension or removal. The administrator may obtain physicians, nurses, and other employees by direct employment, entering into contracts, or granting authority to practice in the hospital. Persons employed directly shall be in the unclassified civil service, pursuant to section 124.11 of the Revised Code. If the board delegates to the administrator the authority to fix employee compensation in accordance with the wage and salary schedule established by the board under section 339.06 of the Revised Code, the administrator shall use performance as the only basis for an employee's progression through that schedule.

Sec. 340.04.  (A) In addition to such other duties as may be lawfully imposed, the executive director of a board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services shall:

(A)(1) Serve as executive officer of the board and subject to the prior approval of the board for each contract, execute contracts on its behalf;

(B)(2) Supervise services and facilities provided, operated, contracted, or supported by the board to the extent of determining that programs are being administered in conformity with this chapter and rules of the director of mental health and the department of alcohol and drug addiction services;

(C)(3) Provide consultation to agencies, associations, or individuals providing services supported by the board;

(D)(4) Recommend to the board the changes necessary to increase the effectiveness of mental health services and alcohol and drug addiction services and other matters necessary or desirable to carry out this chapter;

(E)(5) Employ and remove from office such employees and consultants in the classified civil service and, subject to the approval of the board, employ and remove from office such other employees and consultants as may be necessary for the work of the board, and fix their compensation and reimbursement within the limits set by the salary schedule and the budget approved by the board;

(F)(6) Encourage the development and expansion of preventive, treatment, rehabilitative, and consultative programs in the field of mental health with emphasis on continuity of care;

(G)(7) Prepare for board approval an annual report of the programs under the jurisdiction of the board, including a fiscal accounting of all services;

(H)(8) Conduct such studies as may be necessary and practicable for the promotion of mental health and the prevention of mental illness, emotional disorders, and addiction to alcohol and drugs;

(I)(9) Authorize the county auditor, or in a joint-county district the county auditor designated as the auditor for the district, to issue warrants for the payment of board obligations approved by the board, provided that all payments are in accordance with the comprehensive community mental health plan, as approved by the department of mental health, or with the alcohol and drug addiction services plan as approved by the department of alcohol and drug addiction services.

(B) For purposes of division (A)(5) of this section, a board of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services, when establishing a salary schedule, shall require performance to be the only basis, and the executive director shall use performance as the only basis, for an employee's progression through the schedule.

Sec. 505.38.  (A) In each township or fire district that has a fire department, the head of the department shall be a fire chief, appointed by the board of township trustees, except that, in a joint fire district, the fire chief shall be appointed by the board of fire district trustees. Neither this section nor any other section of the Revised Code requires, or shall be construed to require, that the fire chief be a resident of the township or fire district.

The board shall provide for the employment of firefighters as it considers best and shall fix their compensation. No person shall be appointed as a permanent full-time paid member, whose duties include fire fighting, of the fire department of any township or fire district unless that person has received a certificate issued under former section 3303.07 or section 4765.55 of the Revised Code evidencing satisfactory completion of a firefighter training program. Those appointees shall continue in office until removed from office as provided by sections 733.35 to 733.39 of the Revised Code. To initiate removal proceedings, and for that purpose, the board shall designate the fire chief or a private citizen to investigate the conduct and prepare the necessary charges in conformity with those sections.

In case of the removal of a fire chief or any member of the fire department of a township or fire district, an appeal may be had from the decision of the board to the court of common pleas of the county in which the township or fire district fire department is situated to determine the sufficiency of the cause of removal. The appeal from the findings of the board shall be taken within ten days.

No person who is appointed as a volunteer firefighter of the fire department of any township or fire district shall remain in that position unless either of the following applies:

(1) Within one year of the appointment, the person has received a certificate issued under former section 3303.07 of the Revised Code or section 4765.55 of the Revised Code evidencing satisfactory completion of a firefighter training program.

(2) The person began serving as a permanent full-time paid firefighter with the fire department of a city or village prior to July 2, 1970, or as a volunteer firefighter with the fire department of a city, village, or other township or fire district prior to July 2, 1979, and receives a certificate issued under division (C)(3) of section 4765.55 of the Revised Code.

No person shall receive an appointment under this section, in the case of a volunteer firefighter, unless the person has, not more than sixty days prior to receiving the appointment, passed a physical examination, given by a licensed physician, a physician assistant, a clinical nurse specialist, a certified nurse practitioner, or a certified nurse-midwife, showing that the person meets the physical requirements necessary to perform the duties of the position to which the person is appointed as established by the board of township trustees having jurisdiction over the appointment. The appointing authority, prior to making an appointment, shall file with the Ohio police and fire pension fund or the local volunteer fire fighters' dependents fund board a copy of the report or findings of that licensed physician, physician assistant, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse practitioner, or certified nurse-midwife. The professional fee for the physical examination shall be paid for by the board of township trustees.

(B) In each township not having a fire department, the board of township trustees shall appoint a fire prevention officer who shall exercise all of the duties of a fire chief except those involving the maintenance and operation of fire apparatus. The board may appoint one or more deputy fire prevention officers who shall exercise the duties assigned by the fire prevention officer.

The board may fix the compensation for the fire prevention officer and the fire prevention officer's deputies as it considers best. The board shall appoint each fire prevention officer and deputy for a one-year term. An appointee may be reappointed at the end of a term to another one-year term. Any appointee may be removed from office during a term as provided by sections 733.35 to 733.39 of the Revised Code. Section 505.45 of the Revised Code extends to those officers.

(C)(1) Division (A) of this section does not apply to any township that has a population of ten thousand or more persons residing within the township and outside of any municipal corporation, that has its own fire department employing ten or more full-time paid employees, and that has a civil service commission established under division (B) of section 124.40 of the Revised Code. The township shall comply with the procedures for the employment, promotion, and discharge of firefighters provided by Chapter 124. of the Revised Code, except as otherwise provided in divisions (C)(2) and (3) of this section.

(2) The board of township trustees of the township may appoint the fire chief, and any person so appointed shall be in the unclassified service under section 124.11 of the Revised Code and shall serve at the pleasure of the board. Neither this section nor any other section of the Revised Code requires, or shall be construed to require, that the fire chief be a resident of the township. A person who is appointed fire chief under these conditions and who is removed by the board or resigns from the position is entitled to return to the classified service in the township fire department in the position held just prior to the appointment as fire chief.

(3) The appointing authority of an urban township, as defined in section 504.01 of the Revised Code, may appoint to a vacant position any one of the three highest scorers on the eligible list for a promotional examination.

(4) The board of township trustees shall determine the number of personnel required and establish salary schedules and conditions of employment not in conflict with Chapter 124. of the Revised Code. The board, when establishing a salary schedule, shall require performance to be the only basis for an employee's progression through the schedule.

(5) No person shall receive an original appointment as a permanent full-time paid member of the fire department of the township described in this division unless the person has received a certificate issued under former section 3303.07 or section 4765.55 of the Revised Code evidencing the satisfactory completion of a firefighter training program.

(6) Persons employed as firefighters in the township described in this division on the date a civil service commission is appointed pursuant to division (B) of section 124.40 of the Revised Code, without being required to pass a competitive examination or a firefighter training program, shall retain their employment and any rank previously granted them by action of the board of township trustees or otherwise, but those persons are eligible for promotion only by compliance with Chapter 124. of the Revised Code.

Sec. 505.49.  (A) As used in this section, "felony" has the same meaning as in section 109.511 of the Revised Code.

(B)(1) The township trustees by a two-thirds vote of the board may adopt rules necessary for the operation of the township police district, including a determination of the qualifications of the chief of police, patrol officers, and others to serve as members of the district police force.

(2) Except as otherwise provided in division (E) of this section and subject to division (D) of this section, the township trustees by a two-thirds vote of the board shall appoint a chief of police for the district, determine the number of patrol officers and other personnel required by the district, and establish salary schedules and other conditions of employment for the employees of the township police district. The township trustees, when establishing a salary schedule under this division, shall require performance to be the only basis for an employee's progression through the schedule. The township trustees shall prohibit, for purposes of determining performance, any consideration of the number or type of citations that the employee issues. The chief of police of the district shall serve at the pleasure of the township trustees and shall appoint patrol officers and other personnel that the district may require, subject to division (D) of this section and to the rules and limits as to qualifications, salary ranges, and numbers of personnel established by the board of township trustees. The chief of police shall use performance as the only basis for a patrol officer's or other personnel's progression through the salary schedule established by the township trustees. For purposes of determining performance, the chief of police shall not consider the number or type of citations that a person issues. The township trustees may include in the township police district and under the direction and control of the chief of police any constable appointed pursuant to section 509.01 of the Revised Code, or may designate the chief of police or any patrol officer appointed by the chief of police as a constable, as provided for in section 509.01 of the Revised Code, for the township police district.

(3) Except as provided in division (D) of this section, a patrol officer, other police district employee, or police constable, who has been awarded a certificate attesting to the satisfactory completion of an approved state, county, or municipal police basic training program, as required by section 109.77 of the Revised Code, may be removed or suspended only under the conditions and by the procedures in sections 505.491 to 505.495 of the Revised Code. Any other patrol officer, police district employee, or police constable shall serve at the pleasure of the township trustees. In case of removal or suspension of an appointee by the board of township trustees, that appointee may appeal the decision of the board to the court of common pleas of the county in which the district is situated to determine the sufficiency of the cause of removal or suspension. The appointee shall take the appeal within ten days of written notice to the appointee of the decision of the board.

(C)(1) Division (B) of this section does not apply to a township that has a population of ten thousand or more persons residing within the township and outside of any municipal corporation, that has its own police department employing ten or more full-time paid employees, and that has a civil service commission established under division (B) of section 124.40 of the Revised Code. The township shall comply with the procedures for the employment, promotion, and discharge of police personnel provided by Chapter 124. of the Revised Code, except as otherwise provided in divisions (C)(2) and (3) of this section.

(2) The board of township trustees of the township may appoint the chief of police, and a person so appointed shall be in the unclassified service under section 124.11 of the Revised Code and shall serve at the pleasure of the board. A person appointed chief of police under these conditions who is removed by the board or who resigns from the position shall be entitled to return to the classified service in the township police department, in the position that person held previous to the person's appointment as chief of police.

(3) The appointing authority of an urban township, as defined in section 504.01 of the Revised Code, may appoint to a vacant position any one of the three highest scorers on the eligible list for a promotional examination.

(4) The board of township trustees shall determine the number of personnel required and establish salary schedules and conditions of employment not in conflict with Chapter 124. of the Revised Code. The board, when establishing a salary schedule under this division, shall require and use performance as the only basis for an employee's progression through the schedule. In no case shall performance be determined based on the number or type of citations that the employee issues.

(5) Persons employed as police personnel in a township described in this division on the date a civil service commission is appointed pursuant to division (B) of section 124.40 of the Revised Code, without being required to pass a competitive examination or a police training program, shall retain their employment and any rank previously granted them by action of the township trustees or otherwise, but those persons are eligible for promotion only by compliance with Chapter 124. of the Revised Code.

(6) This division does not apply to constables appointed pursuant to section 509.01 of the Revised Code. This division is subject to division (D) of this section.

(D)(1) The board of township trustees shall not appoint or employ a person as a chief of police, and the chief of police shall not appoint or employ a person as a patrol officer or other peace officer of a township police district or a township police department, on a permanent basis, on a temporary basis, for a probationary term, or on other than a permanent basis if the person previously has been convicted of or has pleaded guilty to a felony.

(2)(a) The board of township trustees shall terminate the appointment or employment of a chief of police, patrol officer, or other peace officer of a township police district or township police department who does either of the following:

(i) Pleads guilty to a felony;

(ii) Pleads guilty to a misdemeanor pursuant to a negotiated plea agreement as provided in division (D) of section 2929.43 of the Revised Code in which the chief of police, patrol officer, or other peace officer of a township police district or township police department agrees to surrender the certificate awarded to that chief of police, patrol officer, or other peace officer under section 109.77 of the Revised Code.

(b) The board shall suspend the appointment or employment of a chief of police, patrol officer, or other peace officer of a township police district or township police department who is convicted, after trial, of a felony. If the chief of police, patrol officer, or other peace officer of a township police district or township police department files an appeal from that conviction and the conviction is upheld by the highest court to which the appeal is taken or if no timely appeal is filed, the board shall terminate the appointment or employment of that chief of police, patrol officer, or other peace officer. If the chief of police, patrol officer, or other peace officer of a township police district or township police department files an appeal that results in that chief of police's, patrol officer's, or other peace officer's acquittal of the felony or conviction of a misdemeanor, or in the dismissal of the felony charge against the chief of police, patrol officer, or other peace officer, the board shall reinstate that chief of police, patrol officer, or other peace officer. A chief of police, patrol officer, or other peace officer of a township police district or township police department who is reinstated under division (D)(2)(b) of this section shall not receive any back pay unless the conviction of that chief of police, patrol officer, or other peace officer of the felony was reversed on appeal, or the felony charge was dismissed, because the court found insufficient evidence to convict the chief of police, patrol officer, or other peace officer of the felony.

(3) Division (D) of this section does not apply regarding an offense that was committed prior to January 1, 1997.

(4) The suspension or termination of the appointment or employment of a chief of police, patrol officer, or other peace officer under division (D)(2) of this section shall be in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

(E) The board of township trustees may enter into a contract under section 505.43 or 505.50 of the Revised Code to obtain all police protection for the township police district from one or more municipal corporations, county sheriffs, or other townships. If the board enters into such a contract, subject to division (D) of this section, it may, but is not required to, appoint a police chief for the district.

(F) The members of the police force of a township police district of a township that adopts the limited self-government form of township government shall serve as peace officers for the township territory included in the district.

(G) A chief of police or patrol officer of a township police district, or of a township police department, may participate, as the director of an organized crime task force established under section 177.02 of the Revised Code or as a member of the investigatory staff of that task force, in an investigation of organized criminal activity in any county or counties in this state under sections 177.01 to 177.03 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 505.60.  (A) As Except as provided in section 124.81 of the Revised Code, and as provided in this section and section 505.601 of the Revised Code, the board of township trustees of any township may procure and pay all or any part of the cost of insurance policies that may provide benefits for hospitalization, surgical care, major medical care, disability, dental care, eye care, medical care, hearing aids, prescription drugs, or sickness and accident insurance, or a combination of any of the foregoing types of insurance for township officers and employees. The board of township trustees of any township may negotiate and contract for the purchase of a policy of long-term care insurance for township officers and employees pursuant to section 124.841 of the Revised Code.

If the board procures any insurance policies under this section, the board shall provide uniform coverage under these policies for township officers and full-time township employees and their immediate dependents, and may provide coverage under these policies for part-time township employees and their immediate dependents, from the funds or budgets from which the officers or employees are compensated for services, such policies to be issued by an insurance company duly authorized to do business in this state.

(B) The board may also provide coverage for any or all of the benefits described in division (A) of this section by entering into a contract for group health care services with health insuring corporations holding certificates of authority under Chapter 1751. of the Revised Code for township officers and employees and their immediate dependents. If the board so contracts, it shall provide uniform coverage under any such contracts for township officers and full-time township employees and their immediate dependents, from the funds or budgets from which the officers or employees are compensated for services, and may provide coverage under such contracts for part-time township employees and their immediate dependents, from the funds or budgets from which the officers or employees are compensated for services, provided that each officer and employee so covered is permitted to:

(1) Choose between a plan offered by an insurance company and a plan offered by a health insuring corporation, and provided further that the officer or employee pays any amount by which the cost of the plan chosen exceeds the cost of the plan offered by the board under this section;

(2) Change the choice made under this division at a time each year as determined in advance by the board.

An addition of a class or change of definition of coverage to the plan offered under this division by the board may be made at any time that it is determined by the board to be in the best interest of the township. If the total cost to the township of the revised plan for any trustee's coverage does not exceed that cost under the plan in effect during the prior policy year, the revision of the plan does not cause an increase in that trustee's compensation.

(C) Any township officer or employee may refuse to accept any coverage authorized by this section without affecting the availability of such coverage to other township officers and employees.

(D) If any township officer or employee is denied coverage under a health care plan procured under this section or if any township officer or employee elects not to participate in the township's health care plan, the township may reimburse the officer or employee for each out-of-pocket premium attributable to the coverage provided for the officer or employee for insurance benefits described in division (A) of this section that the officer or employee otherwise obtains, but not to exceed an amount equal to the average premium paid by the township for its officers and employees under any health care plan it procures under this section.

(E) The board may provide the benefits authorized under this section, without competitive bidding, by contributing to a health and welfare trust fund administered through or in conjunction with a collective bargaining representative of the township employees in the same manner as described in division (G) of section 124.81 of the Revised Code.

The board may also provide the benefits described in this section through an individual self-insurance program or a joint self-insurance program as provided in section 9.833 of the Revised Code.

(F) If a board of township trustees fails to pay one or more premiums for a policy, contract, or plan of insurance or health care services authorized under this section and the failure causes a lapse, cancellation, or other termination of coverage under the policy, contract, or plan, it may reimburse a township officer or employee for, or pay on behalf of the officer or employee, any expenses incurred that would have been covered under the policy, contract, or plan.

(G) As used in this section and section 505.601 of the Revised Code:

(1) "Part-time township employee" means a township employee who is hired with the expectation that the employee will work not more than one thousand five hundred hours in any year.

(2) "Premium" does not include any deductible or health care costs paid directly by a township officer or employee.

Sec. 709.012.  When a municipal corporation annexes township territory which results in a reduction of the firefighting force of the township or joint township fire district, the reduction shall be made by dismissal of firefighters in the inverse order of seniority, with the employee with least time of service being dismissed first shall not be the only factor used in determining dismissals. The annexing municipal corporation shall offer employment in the inverse order of dismissal by the township to such dismissed firefighters if a vacancy exists in the municipal fire department and if they:

(A) Were full-time paid active members of the township or joint township firefighting force for at least six months prior to dismissal and have made application to the municipal corporation within sixty days after the effective date of dismissal;

(B) Have passed a physical examination as prescribed by the physician of the annexing municipal corporation and meet the requirements necessary to perform firefighting duties;

(C) Meet minimum standards of the municipal corporation with respect to moral character, literacy, and ability to understand oral and written instructions as determined by an interview conducted by the fire department of the municipal corporation. The applicant shall be at least twenty-one years of age on the date of application.

(D) Are able to qualify for membership in the Ohio police and fire pension fund.

A physical examination required by division (B) of this section may be conducted by any individual authorized by the Revised Code to conduct physical examinations, including a physician assistant, a clinical nurse specialist, a certified nurse practitioner, or a certified nurse-midwife. Any written documentation of the physical examination shall be completed by the individual who administered the examination.

If no vacancy exists in the municipal fire department at the time of the application referred to in division (A) of this section, the application shall be held until a vacancy occurs. When such a vacancy occurs, the applicant shall be entitled to employment in accordance with the requirements of divisions (A), (B), (C), and (D) of this section. So long as any application for employment has been made and is being held under this section, the municipal corporation shall not fill any vacancy in its fire department by original appointment. If there are individuals who are entitled to reinstatement in the municipal fire department and the vacancies therein are insufficient to permit both such reinstatements and employment of all those applying for employment under division (A) of this section, the persons having the greatest length of service, whether with the municipal or township fire department, shall be entitled to fill the vacancies as they occur.

A person employed under this section, upon acceptance into the municipal fire department, shall be given the rank of "firefighter" and entitled to full seniority credit for prior service in the township or joint township fire district. The person shall be entitled to the same salary, future benefits, vacations, earned time, sick leave, and other rights and privileges as the municipal fire department extends to other employees with the same amount of prior service. The person may take promotional examinations only after completion of one year of service with the municipal fire department and after meeting any applicable civil service requirements for such examination.

Compliance with this section is in lieu of compliance with section 124.42 of the Revised Code or any other requirements for original appointment to a municipal fire district.

Sec. 742.31.  Each employee shall contribute an amount equal to ten per cent of the employee's salary to the Ohio police and fire pension fund. The The contributions required under this section shall not be paid by an employer on an employee's behalf, but may be treated as employer contributions for purposes of state and federal income tax deferred income provisions.

The amount shall be deducted by the employer from the employee's salary as defined in division (L) of section 742.01 of the Revised Code for each payroll period, irrespective of whether the minimum compensation provided by law for the employee is reduced thereby. Every employee shall be deemed to consent to the deductions, and payment to the employee less the deductions is a complete discharge and acquittance of all claims and demands for the services rendered by the employee during the period covered by such payment.

Sec. 742.63.  The board of trustees of the Ohio police and fire pension fund shall adopt rules for the management of the Ohio public safety officers death benefit fund and for disbursements of benefits as set forth in this section.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Member" means all of the following:

(a) A member of the Ohio police and fire pension fund, including a member of the fund who has elected to participate in the deferred retirement option plan established under section 742.43 of the Revised Code or a member of or contributor to a police or firemen's relief and pension fund established under former Chapter 521. or 741. of the Revised Code;

(b) A member of the state highway patrol retirement system, including a member who is participating in the deferred retirement option plan established under section 5505.50 of the Revised Code;

(c) A member of the public employees retirement system who at the time of the member's death was one of the following:

(i) A county sheriff or deputy sheriff;

(ii) A full-time regular police officer in a municipal corporation or township;

(iii) A full-time regular firefighter employed by the state, an instrumentality of the state, a municipal corporation, a township, a joint fire district, or another political subdivision;

(iv) A full-time park district ranger or patrol trooper;

(v) A full-time law enforcement officer of the department of natural resources;

(vi) A full-time department of public safety enforcement agent;

(vii) A full-time law enforcement officer of parks, waterway lands, or reservoir lands under the control of a municipal corporation;

(viii) A full-time law enforcement officer of a conservancy district;

(ix) A correction officer at an institution under the control of a county, a group of counties, a municipal corporation, or the department of rehabilitation and correction;

(x) A state university law enforcement officer;

(xi) An investigator, as defined in section 109.541 of the Revised Code, or an investigator commissioned as a special agent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation.

(xii) A drug agent, as defined in section 145.01 of the Revised Code.

(d) A member of a retirement system operated by a municipal corporation who at the time of death was a full-time law enforcement officer of parks, waterway lands, or reservoir lands under the control of the municipal corporation.

(2) Notwithstanding section 742.01 of the Revised Code, "fire or police department" includes a fire department of the state or an instrumentality of the state or of a municipal corporation, township, joint fire district, or other political subdivision, the state highway patrol, a county sheriff's office, the security force of an institution under the control of the department of rehabilitation and correction, the security force of a jail or workhouse under the control of a county, group of counties, or municipal corporation, the security force of a metropolitan, county, or township park district, the security force of lands under the control of the department of natural resources, department of public safety enforcement agents, the security force of parks, waterway lands, or reservoir lands under the control of a municipal corporation, the security force of a conservancy district, the police department of a township or municipal corporation, and the police force of a state university.

(3) "Firefighter or police officer" includes a state highway patrol trooper, a county sheriff or deputy sheriff, a correction officer at an institution under the control of a county, a group of counties, a municipal corporation, or the department of rehabilitation and correction, a police officer employed by a township or municipal corporation, a firefighter employed by the state, an instrumentality of the state, a municipal corporation, a township, a joint fire district, or another political subdivision, a full-time park district ranger or patrol trooper, a full-time law enforcement officer of the department of natural resources, a full-time department of public safety enforcement agent, a full-time law enforcement officer of parks, waterway lands, or reservoir lands under the control of a municipal corporation, a full-time law enforcement officer of a conservancy district, and a state university law enforcement officer.

(4) "Correction officer" includes, in addition to any correction officer, any correction corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, or captain, and the equivalents of all such persons.

(5) "A park district ranger or patrol trooper" means a peace officer commissioned to make arrests, execute warrants, and preserve the peace upon lands under the control of a board of park commissioners of a metropolitan, county, or township park district.

(6) "Metropolitan, county, or township park district" means a park district created under the authority of Chapter 511. or 1545. of the Revised Code.

(7) "Conservancy district" means a conservancy district created under the authority of Chapter 6101. of the Revised Code.

(8) "Law enforcement officer" means an officer commissioned to make arrests, execute warrants, and preserve the peace upon lands under the control of the governmental entity granting the commission.

(9) "Department of natural resources law enforcement officer" includes a forest officer designated pursuant to section 1503.29 of the Revised Code, a preserve officer designated pursuant to section 1517.10 of the Revised Code, a wildlife officer designated pursuant to section 1531.13 of the Revised Code, a park officer designated pursuant to section 1541.10 of the Revised Code, and a state watercraft officer designated pursuant to section 1547.521 of the Revised Code.

(10) "Retirement eligibility date" means the last day of the month in which a deceased member would have first become eligible, had the member lived, for the retirement pension provided under section 145.33, Chapter 521. or 741., division (C)(1) of section 742.37, or division (A)(1) of section 5505.17 of the Revised Code or provided by a retirement system operated by a municipal corporation.

(11) "Death benefit amount" means an amount equal to the full monthly salary in effect immediately prior to the effective date of this amendment that was received by a deceased member prior to death, minus an amount equal to the benefit received under section 145.45, 742.37, 742.3714, or 5505.17 of the Revised Code or the benefit received from a retirement system operated by a municipal corporation, plus any increases in salary permitted by law in effect immediately prior to the effective date of this amendment that would have been granted the deceased member.

(12) "Killed in the line of duty" means either of the following:

(a) Death in the line of duty;

(b) Death from injury sustained in the line of duty, including heart attack or other fatal injury or illness caused while in the line of duty.

(B) A spouse of a deceased member shall receive a death benefit each month equal to the full death benefit amount, provided that the deceased member was a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty and there are no surviving children eligible for a benefit under this section. The spouse shall receive this benefit during the spouse's natural life until the deceased member's retirement eligibility date, on which date the benefit provided under this division shall terminate.

(C)(1) If a member killed in the line of duty as a firefighter or police officer is survived only by a child or children, the child or children shall receive a benefit each month equal to the full death benefit amount. If there is more than one surviving child, the benefit shall be divided equally among these children.

(2) If the death benefit paid under this division is divided among two or more surviving children and any of the children become ineligible to continue receiving a portion of the benefit as provided in division (H) of this section, the full death benefit amount shall be paid to the remaining eligible child or divided among the eligible children so that the benefit paid to the remaining eligible child or children equals the full death benefit amount.

(3) Notwithstanding divisions (C)(1) and (2) of this section, all death benefits paid under this division shall terminate on the deceased member's retirement eligibility date.

(D) If a member killed in the line of duty as a firefighter or police officer is survived by both a spouse and a child or children, the monthly benefit provided shall be as follows:

(1)(a) If there is a surviving spouse and one surviving child, the spouse shall receive an amount each month equal to one-half of the full death benefit amount and the child shall receive an amount equal to one-half of the full death benefit amount.

(b) If the surviving spouse dies or the child becomes ineligible as provided in division (H) of this section, the surviving spouse or child remaining eligible shall receive the full death benefit amount.

(2)(a) If there is a surviving spouse and more than one child, the spouse shall receive an amount each month equal to one-third of the full death benefit amount and the children shall receive an amount, equally divided among them, equal to two-thirds of the full death benefit amount.

(b) If a spouse and more than one child each are receiving a death benefit under division (D)(2)(a) of this section and the spouse dies, the children shall receive an amount each month, equally divided among them, equal to the full death benefit amount.

(c) If a spouse and more than one child each are receiving a benefit under division (D)(2)(a) of this section and any of the children becomes ineligible to receive a benefit as provided in division (H) of this section, the spouse and remaining eligible child or children shall receive a death benefit as follows:

(i) If there are two or more remaining eligible children, the spouse shall receive an amount each month equal to one-third of the full death benefit amount and the children shall receive an amount each month, equally divided among them, equal to two-thirds of the full death benefit amount;

(ii) If there is one remaining eligible child, the spouse shall receive an amount each month equal to one-half of the full death benefit amount, and the child shall receive an amount each month equal to one-half of the full death benefit amount.

(d) If a spouse and more than one child each are receiving a benefit under division (D)(2)(a) of this section and all of the children become ineligible to receive a benefit as provided in division (H) of this section, the spouse shall receive the full death benefit amount.

(3) Notwithstanding divisions (D)(1) and (2) of this section, death benefits paid under this division to a surviving spouse shall terminate on the member's retirement eligibility date. Death benefits paid to a surviving child or children shall terminate on the deceased member's retirement eligibility date unless earlier terminated pursuant to division (H) of this section.

(E) If a member, on or after January 1, 1980, is killed in the line of duty as a firefighter or police officer and is survived by only a parent or parents dependent upon the member for support, the parent or parents shall receive an amount each month equal to the full death benefit amount. If there is more than one surviving parent dependent upon the deceased member for support, the death benefit amount shall be divided equally among the surviving parents. On the death of one of the surviving parents, the full death benefit amount shall be paid to the other parent.

(F)(1) The following shall receive a monthly death benefit under this division:

(a) A surviving spouse whose benefits are terminated in accordance with division (B) or (D)(3) of this section on the deceased member's retirement eligibility date, or who would qualify for a benefit under division (B) or (D) of this section except that the deceased member reached the member's retirement eligibility date prior to the member's death;

(b) A qualified surviving spouse of a deceased member of or contributor to a police or firemen's relief and pension fund established under former Chapter 521. or 741. of the Revised Code who was a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty.

(2) The monthly death benefit shall be one-half of an amount equal to the monthly salary received by the deceased member prior to the member's death, plus any salary increases the deceased member would have received prior to the member's retirement eligibility date. The benefit shall terminate on the surviving spouse's death. A death benefit payable under this division shall be reduced by an amount equal to any allowance or benefit payable to the surviving spouse under section 742.3714 of the Revised Code.

(3) A benefit granted to a surviving spouse under division (F)(1)(b) of this section shall commence on the first day of the month immediately following receipt by the board of a completed application on a form provided by the board and any evidence the board may require to establish that the deceased spouse was killed in the line of duty.

(G)(1) If there is not a surviving spouse eligible to receive a death benefit under division (F) of this section or the surviving spouse receiving a death benefit under that division dies, a surviving child or children whose benefits under division (C) or (D) of this section are or have been terminated pursuant to division (C)(3) or (D)(3) of this section or who would qualify for a benefit under division (C) or (D) of this section except that the deceased member reached the member's retirement eligibility date prior to the member's death shall receive a monthly death benefit under this division. The monthly death benefit shall be one-half of an amount equal to the monthly salary received by the deceased member prior to the member's death, plus any salary increases the member would have received prior to the member's retirement eligibility date. If there is more than one surviving child, the benefit shall be divided equally among the surviving children.

(2) If two or more surviving children each are receiving a benefit under this division and any of those children becomes ineligible to continue receiving a benefit as provided in division (H) of this section, the remaining eligible child or children shall receive an amount equal to one-half of the monthly salary received by the deceased member prior to death, plus any salary increases the deceased member would have received prior to the retirement eligibility date. If there is more than one remaining eligible child, the benefit shall be divided equally among the eligible children.

(3) A death benefit, or portion of a death benefit, payable to a surviving child under this division shall be reduced by an amount equal to any allowance or benefit payable to that child under section 742.3714 of the Revised Code, but the reduction in that child's benefit shall not affect the amount payable to any other surviving child entitled to a portion of the death benefit.

(H) A death benefit paid to a surviving child under division (C), (D), or (G) of this section shall terminate on the death of the child or, unless one of the following is the case, when the child reaches age eighteen:

(1) The child, because of physical or mental disability, is unable to provide the child's own support, in which case the death benefit shall terminate when the disability is removed;

(2) The child is unmarried, under age twenty-two, and a student in and attending an institution of learning or training pursuant to a program designed to complete in each school year the equivalent of at least two-thirds of the full-time curriculum requirements of the institution, as determined by the trustees of the fund.

(I) Acceptance of any death benefit under this section does not prohibit a spouse or child from receiving other benefits provided under the Ohio police and fire pension fund, the state highway patrol retirement system, the public employees retirement system, or a retirement system operated by a municipal corporation.

(J) No person shall receive a benefit under this section if any of the following occur:

(1) The person fails to exercise the right to a monthly survivor benefit under division (A) or (B) of section 145.45, division (D), (E), or (F) of section 742.37, or division (A)(3), (4), or (7) of section 5505.17 of the Revised Code; to a monthly survivor benefit from a retirement system operated by a municipal corporation; or to a retirement allowance under section 742.3714 of the Revised Code.

(2) The member's accumulated contributions under this chapter or Chapter 145. or 5505. of the Revised Code are refunded unless the member had been a member of the public employees retirement system and had fewer than eighteen months of total service credit at the time of death.

(3) In the case of a full-time park district ranger or patrol trooper, a full-time law enforcement officer of the department of natural resources, a full-time law enforcement officer of parks, waterway lands, or reservoir lands under the control of a municipal corporation, a full-time law enforcement officer of a conservancy district, a correction officer at an institution under the control of a county, group of counties, or municipal corporation, or a member of a retirement system operated by a municipal corporation who at the time of the member's death was a full-time law enforcement officer of parks, waterway lands, or reservoir lands under the control of the municipal corporation, the member died prior to April 9, 1981, in the case of a benefit under division (B), (C), or (D) of this section, or prior to January 1, 1980, in the case of a benefit under division (E) of this section.

(4) In the case of a full-time department of public safety enforcement agent who prior to June 30, 1999, was a liquor control investigator of the department of public safety, the member died prior to December 23, 1986;

(5) In the case of a full-time department of public safety enforcement agent other than an enforcement agent who, prior to June 30, 1999, was a liquor control investigator, the member died prior to June 30, 1999.

(K) A surviving spouse whose benefit was terminated prior to June 30, 1999, due to remarriage shall receive a benefit under division (B), (D), or (F) of this section beginning on the first day of the month following receipt by the board of an application on a form provided by the board. The benefit amount shall be determined as of that date.

(1) If the benefit will begin prior to the deceased member's retirement eligibility date, it shall be paid under division (B) or (D) of this section and shall terminate as provided in those divisions. A benefit paid to a surviving spouse under division (D) of this section shall be determined in accordance with that division, even if benefits paid to surviving children are reduced as a result.

(2) If the benefit will begin on or after the deceased member's retirement eligibility date, it shall be paid under division (F) of this section and shall terminate as provided in that division. A benefit paid to a surviving spouse under division (F) of this section shall be determined in accordance with that division, even if benefits paid to surviving children are terminated as a result.

Sec. 749.082.  (A) The following apply to the board of hospital commissioners in relation to its employees and the employees of a hospital erected under sections 749.02 to 749.14 of the Revised Code, subject to the ordinances of the legislative authority of the municipal corporation:

(1) The board may adopt the wage and salary schedule for employees. If the board establishes a salary schedule, the board shall require performance to be the only basis for an employee's progression through the schedule.

(2) The board may employ the hospital's administrator pursuant to section 749.083 of the Revised Code, and the administrator may employ individuals for the hospital in accordance with that section.

(3) The board may employ assistants as necessary to perform its clerical work, superintend properly the construction of the hospital, and pay the hospital's expenses. The employees may be paid from funds provided for the hospital.

(4) The board may enter into a contract with an employer or other entity whereby the services of any employee of the board or hospital are rendered to or on behalf of the employer or other entity for a fee paid to the board or hospital.

(5) The board may grant to employees any fringe benefits the board determines to be customary and usual in the nonprofit hospital field in the community, including the following:

(a) Additional vacation leave with full pay for full-time employees, including hourly rate employees, after service of one year;

(b) Vacation leave and holiday pay for part-time employees on a pro rata basis;

(c) Leave with full pay, which shall not be deducted from the employee's accumulated sick leave, due to death in the employee's immediate family;

(d) Moving expenses for new employees;

(e) Premium pay for working on holidays observed by other municipal agencies;

(f) Discounts on purchases from the hospital pharmacy.

(6) The board may provide holiday leave by observing Martin Luther King day, Washington-Lincoln day, Columbus day, and Veterans' day on days other than those specified in section 1.14 of the Revised Code.

(7) The board may grant to employees the insurance benefits authorized by division (B) of this section.

(8) The board may provide employee recognition awards and may hold employee recognition dinners.

(9) The board may provide scholarships for education in the health care professions, tuition reimbursement, and other staff development programs for the purpose of recruiting or retaining qualified employees.

(10) The board may pay reasonable expenses for recruiting physicians into the city or for retaining them if all or part of the city has been designated as an area with a shortage of personal health services under the "Health Maintenance Organization Act of 1973," 87 Stat. 914, 42 U.S.C. 300e, as amended.

(B)(1) The board of hospital commissioners may contract for, purchase, or otherwise procure on behalf of any or all of its employees, the employees of the hospital, or such employees and their immediate dependents the following types of fringe benefits:

(a) Group or individual insurance contracts which may include life, sickness, accident, disability, annuities, endowment, health, medical expense, hospital, dental, surgical and related coverage or any combination thereof;

(b) Group or individual contracts with health insuring corporations or other providers of professional services, care, or benefits duly authorized to do business in this state.

(2) The board of hospital commissioners may contract for, purchase, or otherwise procure insurance contracts which provide protection for the commissioners, the board's employees, and the employees of the hospital against liability, including professional liability, provided that this section or any insurance contract issued pursuant to this section shall not be construed as a waiver of or in any manner affect the immunity of the hospital or municipal corporation.

(3) All or any portion of the cost, premium, fees, or charges for the insurance benefits specified in divisions (B)(1) and (2) of this section may be paid in such manner or combination of manners as the board may determine, including direct payment by an employee, and, if authorized in writing by an employee, by the board with moneys made available by deduction from or reduction in salary or wages or by the foregoing of a salary or wage increase.

Notwithstanding sections 3917.01 and 3917.06 of the Revised Code, the board may purchase group life insurance authorized by this section by reason of payment of premiums therefor by the board from its funds, and such group life insurance may be issued and purchased if otherwise consistent with sections 3917.01 to 3917.06 of the Revised Code.

(C) The board with the approval of the legislative authority may retain counsel to bring actions for the collection of delinquent accounts.

Sec. 749.083.  (A) The board of hospital commissioners shall provide for the administration of the hospital by directly employing a hospital administrator or by entering into a contract for the management of the hospital under which an administrator is provided. When an administrator is employed directly, the board shall adopt a job description delineating the administrator's powers and duties and the board may pay the administrator's salary and other benefits from funds provided for the hospital.

(B) During the construction and equipping of the hospital, the administrator shall act in an advisory capacity to the board. After the hospital is completed, the administrator shall serve as the chief executive officer and shall carry out the administration of the hospital according to the policies set forth by the board.

The administrator shall administer the hospital, make reports, and take any other action that the administrator determines is necessary for the operation of the hospital.

At the end of each fiscal year, the administrator shall submit to the board a complete financial statement showing the receipts, revenues, and expenditures in detail for the entire fiscal year.

The administrator shall ensure that the hospital has such physicians, nurses, and other employees as are necessary for the proper care, control, and management of the hospital and its patients. The physicians, nurses, and other employees may be suspended or removed by the administrator at any time the welfare of the hospital warrants suspension or removal. The administrator may obtain physicians, nurses, and other employees by direct employment, entering into contracts, or granting authority to practice in the hospital. If the board delegates to the administrator the authority to fix employee compensation in accordance with the wage and salary schedule established by the board under section 749.082 of the Revised Code, the administrator shall use performance as the only basis for an employee's progression through that schedule.

Sec. 917.03.  There is hereby created a milk sanitation board consisting of the director of agriculture or the director's authorized representative, the director of health or the director's authorized representative, and the following members to be appointed by the director of agriculture:

(A) Two grade A milk producers;

(B) One manufacture milk producer;

(C) Three milk processors, one of whom shall be a grade A milk processor and one of whom shall be a manufacture milk processor;

(D) One milk hauler.

The three members who are milk producers shall not be members or representatives of the same co-operative association.

The director of agriculture or the director's authorized representative shall serve as chairperson of the board.

Before making the appointments to the board required under this section, the director of agriculture shall consult the respective statewide trade organizations that represent grade A milk producers, manufacture milk producers, milk processors, and milk haulers.

Of the initial appointments, one grade A milk producer, one milk processor, and the milk hauler shall serve for a term ending December 31, 1998, one grade A milk producer and the manufacture milk processor shall serve for a term ending December 31, 1999, and the manufacture milk producer and a grade A milk processor shall serve for a term ending December 31, 2000. Thereafter, members shall serve three-year terms that expire on the thirty-first day of December.

Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. A 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. A member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office or a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. A member shall continue in office for the entirety of the member's term unless removed for misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance.

The director shall provide the board with the personnel, office space, and incidentals necessary for it to perform its duties and exercise its powers. Members shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. Appointed members shall receive compensation in an amount determined pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 927.69.  To effect the purpose of sections 927.51 to 927.73 of the Revised Code, the director of agriculture or the director's authorized representative may:

(A) Make reasonable inspection of any premises in this state and any property therein or thereon;

(B) Stop and inspect in a reasonable manner, any means of conveyance moving within this state upon probable cause to believe it contains or carries any pest, host, commodity, or other article that is subject to sections 927.51 to 927.72 of the Revised Code;

(C) Conduct inspections of agricultural products that are required by other states, the United States department of agriculture, other federal agencies, or foreign countries to determine whether the products are infested. If, upon making such an inspection, the director or the director's authorized representative determines that an agricultural product is not infested, the director or the director's authorized representative may issue a certificate, as required by other states, the United States department of agriculture, other federal agencies, or foreign countries, indicating that the product is not infested.

If the director charges fees for any of the certificates, agreements, or inspections specified in this section, the fees shall be as follows:

(1) Phyto sanitary certificates, twenty-five dollars for those collectors or dealers that are licensed under section 927.53 of the Revised Code;

(2) Phyto sanitary certificates, one hundred dollars for all others;

(3) Compliance agreements, forty dollars;

(4) Agricultural products and their conveyances inspections, an hourly amount set by the director equal to the highest hourly rate of pay in the highest step in the pay range, including fringe benefits, of a plant pest control specialist multiplied by the number of hours worked by such a specialist in conducting an inspection.

The director may adopt rules under section 927.52 of the Revised Code that define the certificates, agreements, and inspections.

The fees shall be credited to the plant pest program fund created in section 927.54 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 991.02.  (A) There is hereby created the Ohio expositions commission which shall consist of the following thirteen members: nine members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate; the director of development and the director of agriculture, or their designated representatives, who shall be ex officio members with voting rights of such commission; and the chairman chairperson of the standing committee in the house of representatives to which matters dealing with agriculture are generally referred and the chairman chairperson of the standing committee in the senate to which matters dealing with agriculture are generally referred, who shall be nonvoting members. If the senate is not in session, recess appointments shall be made by the governor.

(B) Of the nine members of the commission appointed by the governor, not more than five shall be from one political party, at least three members shall receive the major portion of their income from farming, and at least one member shall, at the time of his appointment, be a member of the board of directors of an agricultural society which was organized in compliance with section 1711.01 or 1711.02 of the Revised Code. Terms of office shall be for six years, commencing on the second day of December and ending on the first day of December. Each member shall hold office from the date of his appointment until the end of the term for which he was appointed. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his 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 his the member's term until his the member's successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.

The term of each nonvoting, legislative member of the commission shall be for two years or until the end of the member's legislative term, whichever occurs first.

(C) The commission shall annually, during the month of December, select from among its members a chairman chairperson, a vice-chairman vice-chairperson, who in the absence of the chairman chairperson shall carry out his the chairperson's duties, and a secretary, who may be a member or employee of the commission, to record the minutes of its meetings and to carry out such other duties as may be assigned by the commission, its chairman chairperson, or vice-chairman vice-chairperson.

(D) The director of agriculture and the director of development, or their designated representatives, and the two legislators appointed to the commission, as members of the commission shall serve without compensation.

(E) Each of the members of the commission appointed by the governor shall be paid the rate established pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code. All members of the commission are entitled to their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as such members, payable from the appropriations for the commission.

(F) The commission shall hold at least one regular meeting in each quarter of each calendar year, and shall keep a record of its proceedings which shall be open to the public for inspection. Special meetings may be called by the chairman chairperson and shall be called by him the chairperson upon receipt of a written request therefor signed by two or more members of the commission. Written notice of the time and place of each meeting shall be sent to each member of the commission. Six of the voting members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

(G) The commission shall employ and prescribe the powers and duties of a general manager who shall serve in the unclassified civil service at a salary fixed pursuant to section 124.14 of the Revised Code. The general manager may employ such assistant managers as he the general manager and the commission may approve. At no time shall such assistant managers exceed four in number, one of whom shall be appointed in the classified civil service. The general manager may, subject to the approval of the commission, employ a fiscal officer and such other officers, employees, and consultants with such powers and duties as are necessary to carry out sections 991.01 to 991.07 of the Revised Code. With the approval of the commission and in order to implement this chapter, the general manager may employ and fix the compensation of seasonal employees; these employees shall be in the unclassified civil service, and the overtime pay requirements of section 124.18 of the Revised Code do not apply to them. The general manager shall be considered the appointing authority of the commission for purposes of Chapter 124. of the Revised Code.

(H) The governor may remove any appointed voting member of the commission at any time for inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office.

Sec. 1349.71.  (A) There is hereby created a consumer finance education board, consisting of the following twelve members:

(1) An employee of the Ohio attorney general's office, appointed by the governor;

(2) An employee of the department of commerce, appointed by the governor;

(3) An employee of the Ohio housing finance agency, appointed by the governor;

(4) A representative of Ohio minority advocacy groups, appointed by the governor;

(5) A member of the Ohio bankers league, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives;

(6) A member of the Ohio mortgage bankers association, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives;

(7) A member of the Ohio credit union league, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives;

(8) A member of the Ohio community bankers association, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives;

(9) A representative of the Ohio real estate industry, appointed by the president of the senate;

(10) A member of the Ohio mortgage brokers association, appointed by the president of the senate;

(11) A representative of the financial services industry, appointed by the president of the senate;

(12) A representative of consumer advocacy organizations, appointed by the president of the senate.

(B) Geographically diverse representation of the state shall be considered in making appointments. Of the initial appointments to the board, four shall be for a term ending December 31, 2008, four shall be for a term ending December 31, 2009, and four shall be for a term ending December 31, 2010. Thereafter, terms of office are for three years, commencing on the first day of January and ending on the thirty-first day of December. Each member shall hold office from the date of the member's appointment until the end of the term for which the member is appointed. Prior to assuming the duties of office, each member shall subscribe to, and file with the secretary of state, the constitutional oath of office. Vacancies that occur on the board shall be filled in the manner prescribed for regular appointments to the board. A 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 predecessor's term. A member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office or until sixty days have elapsed, whichever occurs first. No person shall serve as a member of the board for more than two consecutive terms. The governor may remove a member pursuant to section 3.04 of the Revised Code.

(C) Annually, upon the qualification of the members appointed in that year, the board shall organize by selecting from its members a chairperson. The board shall meet at least once each calendar quarter to conduct its business with the place of future meetings to be decided by a vote of its members. Each member shall be provided with written notice of the time and place of each board meeting at least ten days prior to the scheduled date of the meeting. A majority of the members of the board constitutes a quorum to transact and vote on all business coming before the board.

(D)(1) The governor shall call the first meeting of the consumer finance education board. At that meeting, and annually thereafter, the board shall elect a chairperson for a one-year term and may elect members to other positions on the board as the board considers necessary or appropriate.

(2) Each member of the board shall receive an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day employed in the discharge of the member's official duties, and the member's actual and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of those duties.

(E) The board may obtain services from any state agency, including, but not limited to, the department of commerce or its successor agency.

(F) The board shall assemble an advisory committee of representatives from the following organizations or groups for the purpose of receiving recommendations on policy, rules, and activities of the board:

(1) The department of aging;

(2) The department of rehabilitation and correction;

(3) The department of development;

(4) The department of job and family services;

(5) The Ohio treasurer of state's office;

(6) The county treasurers association of Ohio;

(7) Ohio college professors;

(8) Ohio university professors;

(9) The Ohio board of regents;

(10) The Ohio community development corporations association;

(11) The Ohio council for economic education;

(12) The Ohio state university extension service.

Sec. 1509.35. (A) There is hereby created an oil and gas commission consisting of five members appointed by the governor. Terms of office shall be for five years, commencing on the fifteenth day of October and ending on the fourteenth day of October, except that the terms of the first five members of the board shall be for one, two, three, four, and five years, respectively, as designated by the governor at the time of the appointment. 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 that term. Any member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until a successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. Each vacancy occurring on the commission shall be filled by appointment within sixty days after the vacancy occurs. One of the appointees to the commission shall be a person who, by reason of the person's previous vocation, employment, or affiliations, can be classed as a representative of a major petroleum company. One of the appointees to the commission shall be a person who, by reason of the person's previous vocation, employment, or affiliations, can be classed as a representative of the public. One of the appointees to the commission shall be a person who, by reason of the person's previous training and experience, can be classed as a representative of independent petroleum operators. One of the appointees to the commission shall be a person who, by reason of the person's previous training and experience, can be classed as one learned and experienced in oil and gas law. One of the appointees to the commission shall be a person who, by reason of the person's previous training and experience, can be classed as one learned and experienced in geology or petroleum engineering. Not more than three members shall be members of the same political party. This division does not apply to temporary members appointed under division (C) of this section.

(B) Three members constitute a quorum and no action of the commission is valid unless it has the concurrence of at least a majority of the members voting on that action. The commission shall keep a record of its proceedings.

(C) If the chairperson of the commission determines that a quorum cannot be obtained for the purpose of considering a matter that will be before the commission because of vacancies or recusal of its members, the chairperson may contact the technical advisory council on oil and gas created in section 1509.38 of the Revised Code and request a list of members of the council who may serve as temporary members of the commission. Using the list provided by the council, the chairperson may appoint temporary members to the commission. The appointment of temporary members shall be for only the matter for which a quorum cannot be obtained. The number of temporary members appointed by the chairperson shall not exceed the number that is necessary to obtain a quorum for the matter. A temporary member of the commission has the same authority, rights, and obligations as a member of the commission, including the right to compensation and other expenses as provided in this section. The authority, rights, and obligations of a temporary member cease when the temporary member's service on the commission ends.

(D) Each member shall be paid an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code per diem when actually engaged in the performance of work as a member and when engaged in travel necessary in connection with that work. In addition to such compensation each member shall be reimbursed for all traveling, hotel, and other expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of work as a member.

(E) The commission shall select from among its members a chairperson, a vice-chairperson, and a secretary. These officers shall serve for terms of one year.

(F) The governor may remove any member of the commission from office for inefficiency, neglect of duty, malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance.

(G) The commission, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, shall adopt rules to govern its procedure.

Sec. 1513.182. (A) There is hereby created the reclamation forfeiture fund advisory board consisting of the director of natural resources, the director of insurance, and seven members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. Of the governor's appointments, one shall be a certified public accountant, one shall be a registered professional engineer with experience in reclamation of mined land, two shall represent agriculture, agronomy, or forestry, one shall be a representative of operators of coal mining operations that have valid permits issued under this chapter and that have provided performance security under division (C)(1) of section 1513.08 of the Revised Code, one shall be a representative of operators of coal mining operations that have valid permits issued under this chapter and that have provided performance security under division (C)(2) of section 1513.08 of the Revised Code, and one shall be a representative of the public.

Of the original members appointed by the governor, two shall serve an initial term of two years, three an initial term of three years, and two an initial term of four years. Thereafter, terms of appointed members shall be for four years, with each term ending on the same date as the original date of appointment. An appointed member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as original appointments. A 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. A 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. The governor may remove an appointed member of the board for misfeasance, nonfeasance, or malfeasance.

The directors of natural resources and insurance shall not receive compensation for serving on the board, but shall be reimbursed for the actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as members of the board. The members appointed by the governor shall receive per diem compensation fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code and reimbursement for the actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

(B) The board annually shall elect from among its members a chairperson, a vice-chairperson, and a secretary to record the board's meetings.

(C) The board shall hold meetings as often as necessary as the chairperson or a majority of the members determines.

(D) The board shall establish procedures for conducting meetings and for the election of its chairperson, vice-chairperson, and secretary.

(E) The board shall do all of the following:

(1) Review the deposits into and expenditures from the reclamation forfeiture fund created in section 1513.18 of the Revised Code;

(2) Retain periodically a qualified actuary to perform an actuarial study of the reclamation forfeiture fund;

(3) Based on an actuarial study and as determined necessary by the board, adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to adjust the rate of the tax levied under division (A)(8) of section 5749.02 of the Revised Code and the balance of the reclamation forfeiture fund that pertains to that rate;

(4) Evaluate any rules, procedures, and methods for estimating the cost of reclamation for purposes of determining the amount of performance security that is required under section 1513.08 of the Revised Code; the collection of forfeited performance security; payments to the reclamation forfeiture fund; reclamation of sites for which operators have forfeited the performance security; and the compliance of operators with their reclamation plans;

(5) Provide a forum for discussion of issues related to the reclamation forfeiture fund and the performance security that is required under section 1513.08 of the Revised Code;

(6) Submit a report biennially to the governor that describes the financial status of the reclamation forfeiture fund and the adequacy of the amount of money in the fund to accomplish the purposes of the fund and that may discuss any matter related to the performance security that is required under section 1513.08 of the Revised Code;

(7) Make recommendations to the governor, if necessary, of alternative methods of providing money for or using money in the reclamation forfeiture fund and issues related to the reclamation of land or water resources that have been adversely affected by past coal mining for which the performance security was forfeited;

(8) Adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code that are necessary to administer this section.

Sec. 1513.29.  There is hereby created the council on unreclaimed strip mined lands. Its members are the chief of the division of mineral resources management, four persons appointed by the director of natural resources, two members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, one member of the house of representatives appointed by the minority leader of the house of representatives, two members of the senate appointed by the president of the senate, and one member of the senate appointed by the minority leader of the senate.

Members who are members of the general assembly shall serve terms of four years or until their legislative terms end, whichever is sooner. Members appointed by the director shall serve terms of four years, except that the terms of the first four members shall be for two and four years, as designated by the director. Any vacancy in the office of a member of the council shall be filled by the appointing authority for the unexpired term of the member whose office will be vacant. The appointing authority may at any time remove a member of the council for misfeasance, nonfeasance, malfeasance, or conflict of interest in office.

The council shall hold meetings as necessary at the call of the chairperson or a majority of the members. The council shall annually elect from among its members a chairperson, a vice-chairperson, and a secretary to keep a record of its proceedings.

The council shall gather information, study, and make recommendations concerning the number of acres, location, ownership, condition, environmental damage resulting from the condition, cost of acquiring, reclaiming, and possible future uses and value of eroded lands within the state, including land affected by strip mining for which no cash is held in the reclamation forfeiture fund created in section 1513.18 of the Revised Code.

The council may employ such staff and hire such consultants as necessary to perform its duties. Members appointed by the director and, notwithstanding section 101.26 of the Revised Code, members who are members of the general assembly, when engaged in their official duties as members of the council, shall be compensated on a per diem basis in accordance with division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code. Members shall be reimbursed for their necessary expenses. Expenses incurred by the council and compensation provided under this section shall be paid by the chief from the unreclaimed lands fund created in section 1513.30 of the Revised Code.

The council shall report its findings and recommendations to the governor and the general assembly not later than January 1, 1974, and biennially thereafter.

Sec. 1545.071.  The Except as provided in section 124.81 of the Revised Code, the board of park commissioners of any park district may procure and pay all or any part of the cost of group insurance policies that may provide benefits for hospitalization, surgical care, major medical care, disability, dental care, eye care, medical care, hearing aids, or prescription drugs, or sickness and accident insurance or a combination of any of the foregoing types of insurance or coverage for park district officers and employees and their immediate dependents issued by an insurance company duly authorized to do business in this state.

The board may procure and pay all or any part of the cost of group life insurance to insure the lives of park district employees.

The board also may contract for group health care services with health insuring corporations holding a certificate of authority under Chapter 1751. of the Revised Code provided that each officer or employee is permitted to:

(A) Choose between a plan offered by an insurance company and a plan offered by a health insuring corporation and provided further that the officer or employee pays any amount by which the cost of the plan chosen by the officer or employee exceeds the cost of the plan offered by the board under this section;

(B) Change the choice made under division (A) of this section at a time each year as determined in advance by the board.

Any appointed member of the board of park commissioners and the spouse and dependent children of the member may be covered, at the option and expense of the member, as a noncompensated employee of the park district under any benefit plan described in division (A) of this section. The member shall pay to the park district the amount certified to it by the benefit provider as the provider's charge for the coverage the member has chosen under division (A) of this section. Payments for coverage shall be made, in advance, in a manner prescribed by the board. The member's exercise of an option to be covered under this section shall be in writing, announced at a regular public meeting of the board, and recorded as a public record in the minutes of the board.

The board may provide the benefits authorized in this section by contributing to a health and welfare trust fund administered through or in conjunction with a collective bargaining representative of the park district employees in the same manner as described in division (G) of section 124.81 of the Revised Code.

The board may provide the benefits described in this section through an individual self-insurance program or a joint self-insurance program as provided in section 9.833 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 1551.35.  (A) There is hereby established a technical advisory committee to assist the director of the Ohio coal development office in achieving the office's purposes. The director shall appoint to the committee one member of the public utilities commission and one representative each of coal production companies, the united mine workers of America, electric utilities, manufacturers that use Ohio coal, and environmental organizations, as well as two people with a background in coal research and development technology, one of whom is employed at the time of the member's appointment by a state university, as defined in section 3345.011 of the Revised Code. In addition, the committee shall include four legislative members. The speaker and minority leader of the house of representatives each shall appoint one member of the house of representatives, and the president and minority leader of the senate each shall appoint one member of the senate, to the committee. The director of environmental protection and the director of development shall serve on the committee as ex officio members. Any member of the committee may designate in writing a substitute to serve in the member's absence on the committee. The director of environmental protection may designate in writing the chief of the air pollution control division of the agency to represent the agency. Members shall serve on the committee at the pleasure of their appointing authority. Members of the committee appointed by the director of the office and, notwithstanding section 101.26 of the Revised Code, legislative members of the committee, when engaged in their official duties as members of the committee, shall be compensated on a per diem basis in accordance with division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code, except that the member of the public utilities commission and, while employed by a state university, the member with a background in coal research, shall not be so compensated. Members shall receive their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

(B) The technical advisory committee shall review and make recommendations concerning the Ohio coal development agenda required under section 1551.34 of the Revised Code, project proposals, research and development projects submitted to the office by public utilities for the purpose of section 4905.304 of the Revised Code, proposals for grants, loans, and loan guarantees for purposes of sections 1555.01 to 1555.06 of the Revised Code, and such other topics as the director of the office considers appropriate.

(C) The technical advisory committee may hold an executive session at any regular or special meeting for the purpose of considering research and development project proposals or applications for assistance submitted to the Ohio coal development office under section 1551.33, or sections 1555.01 to 1555.06, of the Revised Code, to the extent that the proposals or applications consist of trade secrets or other proprietary information.

Any materials or data submitted to, made available to, or received by the Ohio air quality development authority or the director of the Ohio coal development office in connection with agreements for assistance entered into under this chapter or Chapter 1555. of the Revised Code, or any information taken from those materials or data for any purpose, to the extent that the materials or data consist of trade secrets or other proprietary information, are not public records for the purposes of section 149.43 of the Revised Code.

As used in this division, "trade secrets" has the same meaning as in section 1333.61 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 1707.36.  (A) There is hereby created in the division of securities a position to be known as attorney-inspector, which shall be held only by an attorney at law. The duties of this position are to investigate and report upon all complaints and alleged violations of this chapter or rules adopted under this chapter by the division and to represent the division in prosecutions and other matters arising from such complaints and alleged violations.

The office of the attorney-inspector is hereby designated a criminal justice agency in investigating reported violations of law relating to securities and investment advice, and as such is authorized by this state to apply for access to the computerized databases administered by the national crime information center or the law enforcement automated data system in Ohio, and to other computerized databases administered for the purpose of making criminal justice information accessible to state criminal justice agencies.

(B) There is hereby created in the division of securities two positions to be known as control-bid attorneys, which shall be held only by attorneys at law. The duties of these positions are to investigate and report upon all matters relating to control-bids and related matters and to represent the division in the regulatory matters arising under the Ohio control-bid law.

(C) The attorney-inspector and each control-bid attorney shall be paid at a rate not less than pay range 47 set out in schedule E-2 prescribed in the version of section 124.152 of the Revised Code in effect immediately prior to the effective date of this amendment, to be paid as other operating expenses of the division.

Sec. 1707.46.  The principal executive officer of the division of securities shall be the commissioner of securities, who shall be appointed by the director of commerce. The commissioner of securities shall enforce all the laws and administrative rules enacted or adopted to regulate the sale of bonds, stocks, and other securities and to prevent fraud in such sales. The commissioner also shall enforce all the laws and administrative rules enacted or adopted to regulate investment advisers, investment adviser representatives, state retirement system investment officers, and the bureau of workers' compensation chief investment officer and to prevent fraud in their acts, practices, and transactions.

The commissioner shall be paid at a rate not less than pay range 47 set out in schedule E-2 prescribed in the version of section 124.152 of the Revised Code in effect immediately prior to the effective date of this amendment, to be paid as other operating expenses of the division.

Sec. 3301.03.  Each elected voting member of the state board of education shall be a qualified elector residing in the territory composing the district from which the member is elected, and shall be nominated and elected to office as provided by Title XXXV of the Revised Code. Each appointed voting member of the board shall be a qualified elector residing in the state. At least four of the appointed voting members shall represent rural school districts in the state, as evidenced by the member's current place of residence and at least one of the following:

(A) The member's children attend, or at one time attended, school in a rural district;

(B) The member's past or present occupation is associated with rural areas of the state;

(C) The member possesses other credentials or experience demonstrating knowledge and familiarity with rural school districts.

No elected or appointed voting member of the board shall, during the member's term of office, hold any other public position of trust or profit or be an employee or officer of any public or private elementary or secondary school. Before entering on the duties of office, each elected and appointed voting member shall subscribe to the official oath of office.

Each voting member of the state board of education shall be paid a salary fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code, together with the member's actual and necessary expenses incurred while engaged in the performance of the member's official duties or in the conduct of authorized board business, and while en route to and from the member's home for such purposes.

Sec. 3304.12.  (A) The governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, shall appoint a rehabilitation services commission consisting of seven members, no more than four of whom shall be members of the same political party and who shall include at least three from rehabilitation professions, including at least one member from the field of services to the blind, and at least four handicapped individuals, no less than two nor more than three of whom have received vocational rehabilitation services offered by a state vocational rehabilitation agency or the veterans' administration. Such handicapped members shall be representative of several major categories of handicapped persons served by the commission.

(B) Of the members first appointed to the commission, one shall be appointed for a term of seven years, one for a term of six years, one for a term of five years, one for a term of four years, one for a term of three years, one for a term of two years, and one for a term of one year. Thereafter, terms of office shall be for seven years, commencing on the ninth day of September and ending on the eighth day of September, with no person eligible to serve more than two seven-year terms. Each member shall hold office from the date of his appointment until the end of the term for which he the member was appointed. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his 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 his the member's term until his a successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. Members appointed to the commission after September 1, 1977, shall be handicapped individuals representing those who have received vocational rehabilitation services offered by a state vocational rehabilitaion rehabilitation agency or the veterans' administration until the commission membership includes at least four such individuals. Members who fail to perform their duties or who are guilty of misconduct may be removed on written charges preferred by the governor or by a majority of the commission.

(C) Members of the commission shall be reimbursed for travel and necessary expenses incurred in the conduct of their duties, and shall receive an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code while actually engaged in attendance at meetings or in the performance of their duties.

Sec. 3306.01.  This chapter shall be administered by the state board of education. The superintendent of public instruction shall calculate the amounts payable to each school district and shall certify the amounts payable to each eligible district to the treasurer of the district as determined under this chapter. As soon as possible after such amounts are calculated, the superintendent shall certify to the treasurer of each school district the district's adjusted charge-off increase, as defined in section 5705.211 of the Revised Code. No moneys shall be distributed pursuant to this chapter without the approval of the controlling board.

The state board of education shall, in accordance with appropriations made by the general assembly, meet the financial obligations of this chapter.

Annually, the department of education shall calculate and report to each school district the district's adequacy amount utilizing the calculations in sections 3306.03 and 3306.13 of the Revised Code. The department shall calculate and report separately for each school district the district's total state and local funds for its students with disabilities, utilizing the calculations in sections 3306.05, 3306.11, and 3306.13 of the Revised Code. The department shall calculate and report separately for each school district the amount of funding calculated for each factor of the district's adequacy amount.

Not later than the thirty-first day of August of each fiscal year, the department of education shall provide to each school district a preliminary estimate of the amount of funding that the department calculates the district will receive under section 3306.13 of the Revised Code. Not later than the first day of December of each fiscal year, the department shall update that preliminary estimate.

Moneys distributed pursuant to this chapter shall be calculated and paid on a fiscal year basis, beginning with the first day of July and extending through the thirtieth day of June. Unless otherwise provided, the moneys appropriated for each fiscal year shall be distributed at least monthly to each school district. The state board shall submit a yearly distribution plan to the controlling board at its first meeting in July. The state board shall submit any proposed midyear revision of the plan to the controlling board in January. Any year-end revision of the plan shall be submitted to the controlling board in June. If moneys appropriated for each fiscal year are distributed other than monthly, such distribution shall be on the same basis for each school district.

The total amounts paid each month shall constitute, as nearly as possible, one-twelfth of the total amount payable for the entire year.

Payments shall be calculated to reflect the reporting of formula ADM. Annualized periodic payments for each school district shall be based on the district's final student counts verified by the superintendent of public instruction based on reports under section 3317.03 of the Revised Code, as adjusted, if so ordered, under division (K) of that section.

(A) Except as otherwise provided, payments under this chapter shall be made only to those school districts that comply with divisions (A)(1) to (3) of this section.

(1) Each city, exempted village, and local school district shall levy for current operating expenses at least twenty mills. Levies for joint vocational or cooperative education school districts or county school financing districts, limited to or to the extent apportioned to current expenses, shall be included in this qualification requirement. School district income tax levies under Chapter 5748. of the Revised Code, limited to or to the extent apportioned to current operating expenses, shall be included in this qualification requirement to the extent determined by the tax commissioner under division (D) of section 3317.021 of the Revised Code.

(2) Each city, exempted village, local, and joint vocational school district, during the school year next preceding the fiscal year for which payments are calculated under this chapter, shall meet the requirement of section 3313.48 or 3313.481 of the Revised Code, with regard to the minimum number of days or hours school must be open for instruction with pupils in attendance, for individualized parent-teacher conference and reporting periods, and for professional meetings of teachers. The superintendent of public instruction shall waive a number of days in accordance with section 3317.01 of the Revised Code on which it had been necessary for a school to be closed because of disease epidemic, hazardous weather conditions, inoperability of school buses or other equipment necessary to the school's operation, damage to a school building, or other temporary circumstances due to utility failure rendering the school building unfit for school use.

A school district shall not be considered to have failed to comply with this division or section 3313.481 of the Revised Code because schools were open for instruction but either twelfth grade students were excused from attendance for up to three days or only a portion of the kindergarten students were in attendance for up to three days in order to allow for the gradual orientation to school of such students.

The superintendent of public instruction shall waive the requirements of this section with reference to the minimum number of days or hours a school must be open for instruction with pupils in attendance for the school year succeeding the school year in which a board of education initiates a plan of operation pursuant to section 3313.481 of the Revised Code. The minimum requirements of this section shall again be applicable to the district beginning with the school year commencing the second July succeeding the initiation of the plan, and for each school year thereafter.

A school district shall not be considered to have failed to comply with this division or section 3313.48 or 3313.481 of the Revised Code because schools were open for instruction but the length of the regularly scheduled learning day, for any number of days during the school year, was reduced by not more than two hours due to hazardous weather conditions.

(3) Each city, exempted village, local, and joint vocational school district shall have on file, and shall pay in accordance with, a teachers' salary schedule which complies with salaries based upon performance as required under section 3317.13 of the Revised Code.

(B) A school district board of education or educational service center governing board that has not conformed with other law, and the rules pursuant thereto, shall not participate in the distribution of funds authorized by this chapter, except for good and sufficient reason established to the satisfaction of the state board of education and the state controlling board.

(C) All funds allocated to school districts under this chapter, except those specifically allocated for other purposes, shall be used only to pay current operating expenses or for either of the following purposes:

(1) The modification or purchase of classroom space to provide all-day kindergarten as required by section 3321.05 of the Revised Code, provided the district certifies its shortage of space for providing all-day kindergarten to the department of education, in a manner specified by the department;

(2) The modification or purchase of classroom space to reduce class sizes in grades kindergarten through three to attain the goal of fifteen students per core teacher, provided the district certifies its need for additional classroom space to the department, in a manner specified by the department.

(D) On or before the last day of each month, the department of education shall certify to the director of budget and management for payment, for each county:

(1)(a) That portion of the allocation of money under section 3306.13 of the Revised Code that is required to be paid in that month to each school district located wholly within the county subsequent to the deductions described in division (D)(1)(b) of this section;

(b) The amounts deducted from such allocation under sections 3307.31 and 3309.51 of the Revised Code for payment directly to the school employees and state teachers retirement systems under such sections.

(2) If the district is located in more than one county, an apportionment of the amounts that would otherwise be certified under division (D)(1) of this section. The amounts apportioned to the county shall equal the amounts certified under division (D)(1) of this section times the percentage of the district's resident pupils who reside both in the district and in the county, based on the average daily membership reported under division (A) of section 3317.03 of the Revised Code in October of the prior fiscal year.

Sec. 3307.27.  The contributions required under section 3307.26 of the Revised Code shall not be made by an employer on a teacher's behalf, but may be treated as paid by the employer in accordance with division (h) of section 414 of the "Internal Revenue Code of 1986," 100 Stat. 2085, 26 U.S.C.A. 414(h), as amended.

Sec. 3307.77.  (A) As used in this section, "employer" means the employer employing a member of the state teachers retirement system at the time the member commences an absence, or is granted a leave described in this section.

(B) Any member of the state teachers retirement system participating in the plan described in sections 3307.50 to 3307.79 of the Revised Code who is, or has been, prevented from making contributions under section 3307.26 of the Revised Code because of an absence due to the member's own illness or injury, or who is, or has been, granted a leave for educational, professional, or other purposes pursuant to section 3319.13, 3319.131 3319.141, or 3345.28 of the Revised Code or for any other reason approved by the state teachers retirement board, may purchase service credit, not to exceed two years for each such period of absence or leave, either by having deductions made in accordance with division (C) of this section or by making the payment required by division (D) or (E) of this section.

(C) If the absence or leave begins and ends in the same year, the member may purchase credit for the absence or leave by having the employer deduct and transmit to the system from payrolls in that year employee contributions on the amount certified by the employer as the compensation the member would have received had the member remained employed in the position held when the absence or leave commenced. The deductions may be made even though the minimum compensation provided by law for the member is reduced thereby, unless the amount to be deducted exceeds the compensation to be paid the member from the time deductions begin until the end of the year, in which case credit may not be purchased under this division. The employer shall pay the system the employer contributions on the compensation amount certified under this division. Employee and employer contributions shall be made at the rates in effect at the time the absence or leave occurred. If the employee or employer rates in effect change during the absence or leave, the contributions for each month of the absence or leave shall be made at the rate in effect for that month.

(D) During or following the absence or leave, but no later than two years following the last day of the year in which the absence or leave terminates, a member may purchase credit for the absence or leave by paying to the employer, and the employer transmitting to the system, employee contributions on the amount certified by the employer as the compensation the member would have received had the member remained employed in the position held when the absence or leave commenced. The employer shall pay the system the employer contributions on the compensation amount certified under this division. Employee and employer contributions shall be made at the rates in effect at the time the absence or leave occurred. If the employee or employer rates in effect change during the absence or leave, the contributions for each month of an absence or leave shall be made at the rate in effect for that month.

(E) After two years following the last day of the year in which an absence or leave terminated, a member may purchase credit for the absence or leave by paying the employer, and the employer transmitting to the system, the sum of the following for each year of credit purchased:

(1) An amount determined by multiplying the employee rate of contribution in effect at the time the absence or leave commenced by the member's annual compensation for the member's last full year of service prior to the commencement of the absence or leave, or, if the member has not had a full year of service, the compensation the member would have received for the year the absence or leave commenced had the member continued in service for a full year;

(2) Interest compounded annually, at a rate determined by the board, on the amount determined under division (E)(1) of this section for the period commencing two years following the last day of the year in which the absence or leave terminated and ending on the date of payment;

(3) Interest compounded annually, at a rate determined by the board, on an amount equal to the employer's contribution required by this division for the period commencing two years following the last day of the year in which the absence or leave terminated and ending on the date of payment.

The employer shall pay to the system for each year of credit purchased under this division an amount determined by multiplying the employer contribution rate in effect at the time the absence or leave commenced by the member's annual compensation for the member's last full year of service prior to the commencement of the absence or leave, or, if the member has not had a full year of service, the compensation the member would have received for the year the absence or leave commenced had the member continued in service for a full year.

(F) A member who chooses to purchase service credit under division (D) or (E) of this section may choose to purchase only part of the credit for which the member is eligible in any one payment, but payments made more than two years following the last day of the year in which the absence or leave terminated shall be made in accordance with division (E) of this section.

(G) The state teachers retirement board may adopt rules to implement this section.

Sec. 3309.47.  Each school employees retirement system contributor shall contribute eight per cent of the contributor's compensation to the employees' savings fund, except that the school employees retirement board may raise the contribution rate to a rate not greater than ten per cent of compensation.

The contributions required under this section shall not be paid by an employer on a contributor's behalf, but may be treated as employer contributions for purposes of state and federal income tax deferred income provisions.

The contributions by the direction of the school employees retirement board shall be deducted by the employer from the compensation of each contributor on each payroll of such contributor for each payroll period and shall be an amount equal to the required per cent of such contributor's compensation. On a finding by the board that an employer has failed or refused to deduct contributions for any employee during any year and to transmit such amounts to the retirement system, the retirement board may make a determination of the amount of the delinquent contributions, including interest at a rate set by the retirement board, from the end of each year, and certify to the employer the amounts for collection. If the amount is not paid by the employer, it may be certified for collection in the same manner as payments due the employers' trust fund. Any amounts so collected shall be held in trust pending receipt of a report of contributions for the employee for the period involved as provided by law and, thereafter, the amount in trust shall be transferred to the employee's savings fund to the credit of the employee. Any amount remaining after the transfer to the employees' savings fund shall be transferred to the employers' trust fund as a credit of the employer.

Any contributor under contract who, because of illness, accident, or other reason approved by the employer, is prevented from making the contributor's contribution to the system for any payroll period, may, upon returning to contributing service, have such deductions made from other payrolls during the year, or may pay such amount to the employer and the employer shall transmit such deductions to the system. The deductions shall be made notwithstanding that the minimum compensation for any contributor shall be reduced thereby. Every contributor shall be deemed to consent and agree to the contributions made and provided for in this section and shall receipt in full for the contributor's salary or compensation, and payment, less the contributions, is a full and complete discharge and acquittance of all claims and demands whatsoever for the services rendered by the person during the period covered by the payment.

Each contributor shall pay with the first payment to the employees' savings fund each year a sum to be determined by the board, as provided by law, which amount shall be credited to the expense fund. The payments for the expense fund shall be made to the board in the same way as payments to the employees' savings fund are made.

Additional deposits may be made to a member's account. At retirement, the amount deposited with interest may be used to provide additional annuity income. The additional deposits may be refunded to the member before retirement, and shall be refunded if the member withdraws the member's refundable amount. The deposits may be refunded to the beneficiary or estate if the member dies before retirement, and the board shall determine whether regular interest shall be credited to deposits thus refunded.

Sec. 3311.19.  (A) The management and control of a joint vocational school district shall be vested in the joint vocational school district board of education. Where a joint vocational school district is composed only of two or more local school districts located in one county, or when all the participating districts are in one county and the boards of such participating districts so choose, the educational service center governing board of the county in which the joint vocational school district is located shall serve as the joint vocational school district board of education. Where a joint vocational school district is composed of local school districts of more than one county, or of any combination of city, local, or exempted village school districts or educational service centers, unless administration by the educational service center governing board has been chosen by all the participating districts in one county pursuant to this section, the board of education of the joint vocational school district shall be composed of one or more persons who are members of the boards of education from each of the city or exempted village school districts or members of the educational service centers' governing boards affected to be appointed by the boards of education or governing boards of such school districts and educational service centers. In such joint vocational school districts the number and terms of members of the joint vocational school district board of education and the allocation of a given number of members to each of the city and exempted village districts and educational service centers shall be determined in the plan for such district, provided that each such joint vocational school district board of education shall be composed of an odd number of members.

(B) Notwithstanding division (A) of this section, a governing board of an educational service center that has members of its governing board serving on a joint vocational school district board of education may make a request to the joint vocational district board that the joint vocational school district plan be revised to provide for one or more members of boards of education of local school districts that are within the territory of the educational service district and within the joint vocational school district to serve in the place of or in addition to its educational service center governing board members. If agreement is obtained among a majority of the boards of education and governing boards that have a member serving on the joint vocational school district board of education and among a majority of the local school district boards of education included in the district and located within the territory of the educational service center whose board requests the substitution or addition, the state board of education may revise the joint vocational school district plan to conform with such agreement.

(C) If the board of education of any school district or educational service center governing board included within a joint vocational district that has had its board or governing board membership revised under division (B) of this section requests the joint vocational school district board to submit to the state board of education a revised plan under which one or more joint vocational board members chosen in accordance with a plan revised under such division would again be chosen in the manner prescribed by division (A) of this section, the joint vocational board shall submit the revised plan to the state board of education, provided the plan is agreed to by a majority of the boards of education represented on the joint vocational board, a majority of the local school district boards included within the joint vocational district, and each educational service center governing board affected by such plan. The state board of education may revise the joint vocational school district plan to conform with the revised plan.

(D) The vocational schools in such joint vocational school district shall be available to all youth of school age within the joint vocational school district subject to the rules adopted by the joint vocational school district board of education in regard to the standards requisite to admission. A joint vocational school district board of education shall have the same powers, duties, and authority for the management and operation of such joint vocational school district as is granted by law, except by this chapter and Chapters 124., 3306., 3317., 3323., and 3331. of the Revised Code, to a board of education of a city school district, and shall be subject to all the provisions of law that apply to a city school district, except such provisions in this chapter and Chapters 124., 3306., 3317., 3323., and 3331. of the Revised Code.

(E) Where a governing board of an educational service center has been designated to serve as the joint vocational school district board of education, the educational service center superintendent shall be the executive officer for the joint vocational school district, and the governing board may provide for additional compensation to be paid to the educational service center superintendent by the joint vocational school district, but the educational service center superintendent shall have no continuing tenure other than that of educational service center superintendent. The superintendent of schools of a joint vocational school district shall exercise the duties and authority vested by law in a superintendent of schools pertaining to the operation of a school district and the employment and supervision of its personnel. The joint vocational school district board of education shall appoint a treasurer of the joint vocational school district who shall be the fiscal officer for such district and who shall have all the powers, duties, and authority vested by law in a treasurer of a board of education. Where a governing board of an educational service center has been designated to serve as the joint vocational school district board of education, such board may appoint the educational service center superintendent as the treasurer of the joint vocational school district.

(F) Each member of a joint vocational school district board of education may be paid such compensation as the board provides by resolution, but it shall not exceed one hundred twenty-five dollars per member for each meeting attended plus mileage, at the rate per mile provided by resolution of the board, to and from meetings of the board.

The board may provide by resolution for the deduction of amounts payable for benefits under division (C) of section 3313.202 of the Revised Code.

Each member of a joint vocational school district board may be paid such compensation as the board provides by resolution for attendance at an approved training program, provided that such compensation shall not exceed sixty dollars per day for attendance at a training program three hours or fewer in length and one hundred twenty-five dollars a day for attendance at a training program longer than three hours in length. However, no board member shall be compensated for the same training program under this section and section 3313.12 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 3313.12.  Each member of the educational service center governing board may be paid such compensation as the governing board provides by resolution, provided that any such compensation shall not exceed one hundred twenty-five dollars a day plus mileage both ways, at the rate per mile provided by resolution of the governing board, for attendance at any meeting of the board. Such compensation and the expenses of the educational service center superintendent, itemized and verified, shall be paid from the educational service center governing board fund upon vouchers signed by the president of the governing board.

The board of education of any city, local, or exempted village school district may provide by resolution for compensation of its members, provided that such compensation shall not exceed one hundred twenty-five dollars per member for meetings attended. The board may provide by resolution for the deduction of amounts payable for benefits under division (C) of section 3313.202 of the Revised Code.

Each member of a district board or educational service center governing board may be paid such compensation as the respective board provides by resolution for attendance at an approved training program, provided that such compensation shall not exceed sixty dollars a day for attendance at a training program three hours or fewer in length and one hundred twenty-five dollars a day for attendance at a training program longer than three hours in length.

Sec. 3313.202.  (A) As used in this section:

(1) "Health care plan" means any of the following types of insurance or coverage, or a combination of any of the following types of insurance or coverage, whether issued by an insurance company or a health insuring corporation duly licensed by this state:

(a) Hospitalization, surgical care, or major medical insurance;

(b) Sickness and accident insurance;

(c) Disability insurance;

(d) Dental care;

(e) Vision care;

(f) Medical care;

(g) Hearing aids;

(h) Prescription drugs.

(2) "Nonteaching employee" means any person employed in the public schools of the state in a position for which the person is not required to have a certificate or license issued pursuant to sections 3319.22 to 3319.31 of the Revised Code.

(3) "Teaching employee" means any person employed in the public schools of this state in a position for which the person is required to have a certificate or license issued pursuant to sections 3319.22 to 3319.31 of the Revised Code.

(B)(1) The board of education of a school district may procure and pay up to eighty-five per cent of the cost of a health care plan for any of the following:

(a) The teaching employees of the school district;

(b) The nonteaching employees of the school district;

(c) The dependent children and spouses of employees for whom coverage is procured.

(2) Any health care plan that a board of education procures under division (B)(1) of this section shall include best practices prescribed by the school employees health care board under section 9.901 of the Revised Code.

(3) The benefits provided to a management level employee, as defined in section 4117.01 of the Revised Code, under a health care plan that the board procures under this section shall be the same as any benefits provided to other employees of the board under a health care plan that the board procures under this section.

(4) A board of education shall continue to carry, on payroll records, all school employees whose sick leave accumulation has expired, or who are on a disability leave of absence or an approved leave of absence, for the purpose of group term life, hospitalization, surgical, major medical, or any other insurance. A board of education may pay all or part of such coverage except when those employees are on an approved leave of absence, or on a disability leave of absence for a period exceeding two years.

(C) Any elected or appointed member of the board of education of a school district and the dependent children and spouse of the member may be covered, at the option of the member, as an employee of the school district under any health care plan containing best practices prescribed by the school employees health care board adopted under this section 9.901 of the Revised Code. The provider of the benefits shall certify to the board the provider's charge for coverage under each option available to employees under that plan, and the member shall pay all premiums to the school district the amount certified for that coverage. Payments for such coverage shall be made, in advance, in a manner prescribed by the school employees health care board. The member's exercise of an option to be covered under this section shall be in writing, announced at a regular public meeting of the board of education, and recorded as a public record in the minutes of the board.

Sec. 3313.23.  If a treasurer of a board of education is absent from any meeting of the board the members present shall choose one of their number to serve in his the treasurer's place pro tempore.

If a board of education determines the treasurer is incapacitated in such a manner that he the treasurer is unable to perform the duties of the office of treasurer, the board may, by a majority vote of the members of the board, appoint a person to serve in his the treasurer's place pro tempore. Each board of education shall adopt a written policy establishing standards for determining whether the treasurer is incapacitated, and shall provide that during any period in which the treasurer is incapacitated, he the treasurer may be placed on sick leave or on leave of absence and may be returned to active duty status from sick leave or leave of absence. The board shall award leave pursuant to this written policy in accordance with the general leave policy the board adopts pursuant to section 3319.141 of the Revised Code. The treasurer may request a hearing before the board on any action taken under this section, and he shall have the same rights in any such hearing as are afforded to a teacher in a board hearing under section 3319.16 of the Revised Code. The treasurer pro tempore shall perform all of the duties and functions of the treasurer, and shall serve until the treasurer's incapacity is removed as determined by a majority vote of the members of the board or until the expiration of the treasurer's contract or term of office, whichever is sooner. The treasurer pro tempore may be removed at any time for cause by a two-thirds vote of the members of the board. The board shall fix the compensation of the treasurer pro tempore in accordance with section 3313.24 of the Revised Code, and shall require the treasurer pro tempore to execute a bond immediately after his appointment in accordance with section 3313.25 of the Revised Code. If a treasurer is a member of the board, he the treasurer shall not vote on any matter related to his the treasurer's own incapacitation.

Sec. 3313.24.  (A) At the time of the appointment or designation of the term of office of the treasurer, subject to division (B) of this section, the board of education of each local, exempted village, or city school district shall fix the compensation of its treasurer, which shall be paid from the general fund of the district. No order for payment of the salary of the treasurer of a local, exempted village, or city school district, other than an island school district, shall be drawn until the treasurer presents to the district board evidence that the treasurer either holds a valid license issued under section 3301.074 of the Revised Code or is an otherwise qualified treasurer, as defined in division (B) of section 3313.22 of the Revised Code.

A governing board of an educational service center which chooses to act as the governing board of the educational service center pursuant to division (D) of section 135.01 of the Revised Code shall fix the compensation of its treasurer and pay its treasurer in the manner prescribed in the section for local, exempted village, and city school districts.

(B) The compensation of the treasurer may be increased or decreased during the treasurer's term of office, provided any decrease is a part of a uniform plan affecting salaries of all employees of the district.

(C) The board may establish vacation leave for its treasurer in accordance with the general leave policy the board adopts pursuant to section 3319.141 of the Revised Code. Upon the treasurer's separation from employment, the board may provide compensation at the treasurer's current rate of pay for all lawfully accrued and unused vacation leave to the treasurer's credit at the time of separation, not to exceed the amount accrued during the three years before the date of separation. In case of the death of a treasurer, unused vacation leave that the board would have paid to the treasurer upon separation shall be paid in accordance with section 2113.04 of the Revised Code or to the treasurer's estate.

Sec. 3313.33.  (A) Conveyances made by a board of education shall be executed by the president and treasurer thereof.

(B) Except as provided in division (C) of this section, no member of the board shall have, directly or indirectly, any pecuniary interest in any contract of the board or be employed in any manner for compensation by the board of which the person is a member. No contract shall be binding upon any board unless it is made or authorized at a regular or special meeting of such board.

(C) A member of the board may have a pecuniary interest in a contract of the board if all of the following apply:

(1) The member's pecuniary interest in that contract is that the member is employed by a political subdivision, instrumentality, or agency of the state that is contracting with the board;

(2) The member does not participate in any discussion or debate regarding the contract or vote on the contract;

(3) The member files with the school district treasurer an affidavit stating the member's exact employment status with the political subdivision, instrumentality, or agency contracting with the board.

(D) This section does not apply where a member of the board, being a shareholder of a corporation but not being an officer or director thereof, owns not in excess of five per cent of the stock of such corporation. If a stockholder desires to avail self of the exception, before entering upon such contract such person shall first file with the treasurer an affidavit stating the stockholder's exact status and connection with said corporation.

This section does not apply where a member of the board elects to be covered by a health care plan under division (C) of section 3313.202 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 3313.42.  (A) When in the judgment of a board of education of any school district in this state, lying adjacent to a school district of another state, the best interests of the public schools can be promoted by purchasing school grounds, repairing or erecting a schoolhouse, and maintaining them jointly between the two adjacent school districts, the board of education of the school district of this state so situated may enter into an agreement with the school authorities of said adjacent school district for the purpose of purchasing school grounds, repairing or constructing a school building, purchasing school furniture, equipment, appliances, fuel, employing teachers, and maintaining a school. The board of education of this state may levy taxes and perform such other duties in maintaining such joint school as are otherwise provided by law for maintaining the public schools in this state.

In carrying out this section the school district shall pay such proportion of the cost of purchasing school grounds, repairing or erecting a building, and in maintaining the joint school as is equitable and just in the judgment of the board of education and trustees of the two adjacent school districts.

(B) In any school district that has entered into an agreement under division (A) of this section, the state minimum teacher salary requirements prescribed by section 3317.13 of the Revised Code do not apply if the total expenditures by the school district for teacher salaries in any school year equals or exceeds the total minimum expenditures that would have been required in that year if such minimum teacher salary requirements did apply.

(C) Notwithstanding sections 3319.01, 3319.02, and 3313.22 of the Revised Code, the board of education of a local school district that has entered into an agreement with an adjacent school district in another state under division (A) of this section may contract with the educational service center within which the local school district is located for the service center to provide any administrative services specified in the agreement to the local school district and the adjacent district. If such an agreement provides for the duties of a district treasurer, superintendent, or principals to be performed by the service center, the local school district is not required to employ persons to perform such duties.

Sec. 3314.10.  (A)(1) The governing authority of any community school established under this chapter may employ teachers and nonteaching employees necessary to carry out its mission and fulfill its contract.

(2) Except as provided under division (A)(3) of this section, employees hired under this section may organize and collectively bargain pursuant to Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code. Notwithstanding division (D)(1) of section 4117.06 of the Revised Code, a unit containing teaching and nonteaching employees employed under this section shall be considered an appropriate unit. As applicable, employment under this section is subject to either Chapter 3307. or 3309. of the Revised Code.

(3) If a school is created by converting all or part of an existing public school rather than by establishment of a new start-up school, at the time of conversion, the employees of the community school shall remain part of any collective bargaining unit in which they were included immediately prior to the conversion and shall remain subject to any collective bargaining agreement for that unit in effect on the first day of July of the year in which the community school initially begins operation and shall be subject to any subsequent collective bargaining agreement for that unit, unless a petition is certified as sufficient under division (A)(6)(5) of this section with regard to those employees or the governing authority of the community school submits a statement to the state employment relations board under division (A)(3) of this section. Any new employees of the community school shall also be included in the unit to which they would have been assigned had not the conversion taken place and shall be subject to the collective bargaining agreement for that unit unless a petition is certified as sufficient under division (A)(6)(5) of this section with regard to those employees or the governing authority of the community school submits a statement to the state employment relations board under division (A)(3) of this section.

Notwithstanding division (B) of section 4117.01 of the Revised Code, the board of education of a school district and not the governing authority of a community school shall be regarded, for purposes of Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code, as the "public employer" of the employees of a conversion community school subject to a collective bargaining agreement pursuant to division (A)(3)(2) of this section unless a petition is certified under division (A)(6) of this section with regard to those employees. Only on and after the effective date of a petition certified as sufficient under division (A)(6) of this section shall division (A)(2) of this section apply to those employees of that community school and only on and after the effective date of that petition shall Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code apply to the governing authority of that community school with regard to those employees.

(4)(3) Notwithstanding sections 4117.03 to 4117.18 of the Revised Code and Section 4 of Amended Substitute Senate Bill No. 133 of the 115th general assembly, the employees of a conversion community school who are subject to a collective bargaining agreement pursuant to division (A)(3)(2) of this section shall cease to be subject to that agreement and all subsequent agreements pursuant to that division and shall cease to be part of the collective bargaining unit that is subject to that and all subsequent agreements, if a majority of the employees of the governing authority of that community school who are subject to that collective bargaining agreement sign and submit submits to the state employment relations board a petition statement requesting all of the following:

(a) That that all the employees of the community school who are subject to that agreement be removed from the bargaining unit that is subject to that agreement and be designated by the state employment relations board as a new and separate bargaining unit for purposes of Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code;

(b) That the employee organization certified as the exclusive representative of the employees of the bargaining unit from which the employees are to be removed be certified as the exclusive representative of the new and separate bargaining unit for purposes of Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code;

(c) That the governing authority of the community school be regarded as the "public employer" of these employees for purposes of Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code.

(5)(4) Notwithstanding sections 4117.03 to 4117.18 of the Revised Code and Section 4 of Amended Substitute Senate Bill No. 133 of the 115th general assembly, the employees of a conversion community school who are subject to a collective bargaining agreement pursuant to division (A)(3)(2) of this section shall cease to be subject to that agreement and all subsequent agreements pursuant to that division, shall cease to be part of the collective bargaining unit that is subject to that and all subsequent agreements, and shall cease to be represented by any exclusive representative of that collective bargaining unit, if a majority of the employees of the community school who are subject to that collective bargaining agreement sign and submit to the state employment relations board a petition requesting all of the following:

(a) That all the employees of the community school who are subject to that agreement be removed from the bargaining unit that is subject to that agreement;

(b) That any employee organization certified as the exclusive representative of the employees of that bargaining unit be decertified as the exclusive representative of the employees of the community school who are subject to that agreement;

(c) That the governing authority of the community school be regarded as the "public employer" of these employees for purposes of Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code.

(6)(5) Upon receipt of a petition under division (A)(4) or (5) of this section, the state employment relations board shall check the sufficiency of the signatures on the petition. If the signatures are found sufficient, the board shall certify the sufficiency of the petition and so notify the parties involved, including the board of education, the governing authority of the community school, and any exclusive representative of the bargaining unit. The changes requested in a certified petition shall take effect on the first day of the month immediately following the date on which the sufficiency of the petition is certified under division (A)(6)(5) of this section.

(B)(1) The board of education of each city, local, and exempted village school district sponsoring a community school and the governing board of each educational service center in which a community school is located shall adopt a policy that provides a leave of absence of at least three years to each teacher or nonteaching employee of the district or service center who is employed by a conversion or new start-up community school sponsored by the district or located in the district or center for the period during which the teacher or employee is continuously employed by the community school. The policy shall also provide that any teacher or nonteaching employee may return to employment by the district or service center if the teacher or employee leaves or is discharged from employment with the community school for any reason, unless, in the case of a teacher, the board of the district or service center determines that the teacher was discharged for a reason for which the board would have sought to discharge the teacher under section 3319.16 of the Revised Code, in which case the board may proceed to discharge the teacher utilizing the procedures of that section. Upon termination of such a leave of absence, any seniority that is applicable to the person shall be calculated to include all of the following: all employment by the district or service center prior to the leave of absence; all employment by the community school during the leave of absence; and all employment by the district or service center after the leave of absence. The policy shall also provide that if any teacher holding valid certification returns to employment by the district or service center upon termination of such a leave of absence, the teacher shall be restored to the previous position and salary or to a position and salary similar thereto. If, as a result of teachers returning to employment upon termination of such leaves of absence, a school district or educational service center reduces the number of teachers it employs, it shall make such reductions in accordance with section 3319.17 or, if applicable, 3319.171 of the Revised Code.

Unless a collective bargaining agreement providing otherwise is in effect for an employee of a conversion community school pursuant to division (A)(3)(2) of this section, an employee on a leave of absence pursuant to this division shall remain eligible for any benefits that are in addition to benefits under Chapter 3307. or 3309. of the Revised Code provided by the district or service center to its employees provided the employee pays the entire cost associated with such benefits, except that personal leave and vacation leave cannot be accrued for use as an employee of a school district or service center while in the employ of a community school unless the district or service center board adopts a policy expressly permitting this accrual.

(2) While on a leave of absence pursuant to division (B)(1) of this section, a conversion community school shall permit a teacher to use sick leave accrued while in the employ of the school district from which the leave of absence was taken and prior to commencing such leave. If a teacher who is on such a leave of absence uses sick leave so accrued, the cost of any salary paid by the community school to the teacher for that time shall be reported to the department of education. The cost of employing a substitute teacher for that time shall be paid by the community school. The department of education shall add amounts to the payments made to a community school under this chapter as necessary to cover the cost of salary reported by a community school as paid to a teacher using sick leave so accrued pursuant to this section. The department shall subtract the amounts of any payments made to community schools under this division from payments made to such sponsoring school district under Chapters 3306. and 3317. of the Revised Code.

A school district providing a leave of absence and employee benefits to a person pursuant to this division is not liable for any action of that person while the person is on such leave and employed by a community school.

Sec. 3316.07.  (A) A school district financial planning and supervision commission has the following powers, duties, and functions:

(1) To review or to assume responsibility for the development of all tax budgets, tax levy and bond and note resolutions, appropriation measures, and certificates of estimated resources of the school district in order to ensure that such are consistent with the financial recovery plan and a balanced appropriation budget for the current fiscal year, and to request and review any supporting information upon which the financial recovery plan and balanced appropriation budget may be developed and based, and to determine whether revenue estimates and estimates of expenditures and appropriations will result in a balanced budget;

(2) To inspect and secure copies of any document, resolution, or instrument pertaining to the effective financial accounting and reporting system, debt obligations, debt limits, financial recovery plan, balanced appropriation budgets, appropriation measures, report of audit, statement or invoice, or other worksheet or record of the school district;

(3) To inspect and secure copies of any document, instrument, certification, records of proceedings, or other worksheet or records of the county budget commission, county auditor, or other official or employee of the school district or of any other political subdivision or agency of government of the state;

(4) To review, revise, and approve determinations and certifications affecting the school district made by the county budget commission or county auditor pursuant to Chapter 5705. of the Revised Code to ensure that such determinations and certifications are consistent with the laws of the state;

(5) To bring civil actions, including mandamus, to enforce this chapter;

(6) After consultation with the officials of the school district and the auditor of state, to implement or require implementation of any necessary or appropriate steps to bring the books of account, accounting systems, and financial procedures and reports of the school district into compliance with requirements prescribed by the auditor of state, and to assume responsibility for achieving such compliance and for making any desirable modifications and supplementary systems and procedures pertinent to the school district;

(7) To assist or provide assistance to the school district or to assume the total responsibility for the structuring or the terms of, and the placement for sale of, debt obligations of the school district;

(8) To perform all other powers, duties, and functions as provided under this chapter;

(9) To make and enter into all contracts and agreements necessary or incidental to the performance of its duties and the exercise of its powers under this chapter;

(10) To consult with officials of the school district and make recommendations or assume the responsibility for implementing cost reductions and revenue increases to achieve balanced budgets and carry out the financial recovery plan in accordance with this chapter;

(11) To make reductions in force to bring the school district's budget into balance, notwithstanding section 3319.081 and divisions (A) and (B) of section 3319.17 of the Revised Code, notwithstanding any provision of a policy adopted under section 3319.171 of the Revised Code, and notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in section 4117.08 or 4117.10 of the Revised Code or in any collective bargaining agreement entered into on or after November 21, 1997.

In making reductions in force, the commission shall first consider reasonable reductions among the administrative and non-teaching nonteaching employees of the school district giving due regard to ensuring the district's ability to maintain the personnel, programs, and services essential to the provision of an adequate educational program.

In making these reductions in non-teaching nonteaching employees in districts where Chapter 124. of the Revised Code controls such reductions, the reductions shall be made in accordance with sections 124.321 to 124.327 of the Revised Code. In making these reductions in non-teaching nonteaching employees in districts where Chapter 124. of the Revised Code does not control these reductions, within each category of non-teaching nonteaching employees, the commission shall give preference to those employees with continuing contracts or non-probationary status and who have greater seniority. In making these reductions in nonteaching employees, the commission shall not use seniority as the only factor in determining dismissals.

If revenues and expenditures cannot be balanced by reasonable reductions in administrative and non-teaching nonteaching employees, the commission may also make reasonable reductions in the number of teaching contracts. If the commission finds it necessary to suspend teaching contracts, it shall suspend them in accordance with division (C) of section 3319.17 of the Revised Code but shall consider a reduction in non-classroom teachers before classroom teachers.

(B) During the fiscal emergency period, the commission shall, in addition to other powers:

(1) With respect to the appropriation measure in effect at the commencement of the fiscal emergency period of the school district if that period commenced more than three months prior to the end of the current fiscal year, and otherwise with respect to the appropriation measure for the next fiscal year:

(a) Review and determine the adequacy of all revenues to meet all expenditures for such fiscal year;

(b) Review and determine the extent of any deficiency of revenues to meet such expenditures;

(c) Require the school district board or superintendent to provide justification documents to substantiate, to the extent and in the manner considered necessary, any item of revenue or appropriation;

(d) Not later than sixty days after taking office or after receiving the appropriation measure for the next fiscal year, issue a public report regarding its review pursuant to division (B)(1) of this section.

(2) Require the school district board, by resolution, to establish monthly levels of expenditures and encumbrances consistent with the financial recovery plan and the commission's review pursuant to divisions (B)(1)(a) and (b) of this section, or establish such levels itself. If the commission permits the district board to make expenditures, the commission shall monitor the monthly levels of expenditures and encumbrances and require justification documents to substantiate any departure from any approved level. No district board shall make any expenditure apart from the approved level without the written approval of the commission.

(C) In making any determination pursuant to division (B) of this section, the commission may rely on any information considered in its judgment reliable or material and shall not be restricted by any tax budget or certificate or any other document the school district may have adopted or received from any other governmental agency.

(D) County, state, and school district officers or employees shall assist the commission diligently and promptly in the prosecution of its duties, including the furnishing of any materials, including justification documents, required.

(E) Annually on or before the first day of April during the fiscal emergency period, the commission shall make reports and recommendations to the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate concerning progress of the school district to eliminate fiscal emergency conditions, failures of the school district to comply with this chapter, and recommendations for further actions to attain the objectives of this chapter, including any legislative action needed to make provisions of law more effective for their purposes, or to enhance revenue raising or financing capabilities of school districts. The commission may make such interim reports as it considers appropriate for such purposes and shall make such additional reports as may be requested by either house of the general assembly.

Sec. 3317.01.  As used in this section and section 3317.011 of the Revised Code, "school district," unless otherwise specified, means any city, local, exempted village, joint vocational, or cooperative education school district and any educational service center.

This chapter shall be administered by the state board of education. The superintendent of public instruction shall calculate the amounts payable to each school district and shall certify the amounts payable to each eligible district to the treasurer of the district as provided by this chapter. As soon as possible after such amounts are calculated, the superintendent shall certify to the treasurer of each school district the district's adjusted charge-off increase, as defined in section 5705.211 of the Revised Code. No moneys shall be distributed pursuant to this chapter without the approval of the controlling board.

The state board of education shall, in accordance with appropriations made by the general assembly, meet the financial obligations of this chapter.

Moneys distributed pursuant to this chapter shall be calculated and paid on a fiscal year basis, beginning with the first day of July and extending through the thirtieth day of June. The moneys appropriated for each fiscal year shall be distributed periodically to each school district unless otherwise provided for. The state board shall submit a yearly distribution plan to the controlling board at its first meeting in July. The state board shall submit any proposed midyear revision of the plan to the controlling board in January. Any year-end revision of the plan shall be submitted to the controlling board in June. If moneys appropriated for each fiscal year are distributed other than monthly, such distribution shall be on the same basis for each school district.

Except as otherwise provided, payments under this chapter shall be made only to those school districts in which:

(A) The school district, except for any educational service center and any joint vocational or cooperative education school district, levies for current operating expenses at least twenty mills. Levies for joint vocational or cooperative education school districts or county school financing districts, limited to or to the extent apportioned to current expenses, shall be included in this qualification requirement. School district income tax levies under Chapter 5748. of the Revised Code, limited to or to the extent apportioned to current operating expenses, shall be included in this qualification requirement to the extent determined by the tax commissioner under division (D) of section 3317.021 of the Revised Code.

(B) The school year next preceding the fiscal year for which such payments are authorized meets the requirement of section 3313.48 or 3313.481 of the Revised Code, with regard to the minimum number of days or hours school must be open for instruction with pupils in attendance, for individualized parent-teacher conference and reporting periods, and for professional meetings of teachers. This requirement shall be waived by the superintendent of public instruction if it had been necessary for a school to be closed because of disease epidemic, hazardous weather conditions, inoperability of school buses or other equipment necessary to the school's operation, damage to a school building, or other temporary circumstances due to utility failure rendering the school building unfit for school use, provided that for those school districts operating pursuant to section 3313.48 of the Revised Code the number of days the school was actually open for instruction with pupils in attendance and for individualized parent-teacher conference and reporting periods is not less than one hundred seventy-five, or for those school districts operating on a trimester plan the number of days the school was actually open for instruction with pupils in attendance not less than seventy-nine days in any trimester, for those school districts operating on a quarterly plan the number of days the school was actually open for instruction with pupils in attendance not less than fifty-nine days in any quarter, or for those school districts operating on a pentamester plan the number of days the school was actually open for instruction with pupils in attendance not less than forty-four days in any pentamester. However, for fiscal year 2012, the superintendent shall waive two fewer such days for the 2010-2011 school year.

A school district shall not be considered to have failed to comply with this division or section 3313.481 of the Revised Code because schools were open for instruction but either twelfth grade students were excused from attendance for up to three days or only a portion of the kindergarten students were in attendance for up to three days in order to allow for the gradual orientation to school of such students.

The superintendent of public instruction shall waive the requirements of this section with reference to the minimum number of days or hours school must be in session with pupils in attendance for the school year succeeding the school year in which a board of education initiates a plan of operation pursuant to section 3313.481 of the Revised Code. The minimum requirements of this section shall again be applicable to such a district beginning with the school year commencing the second July succeeding the initiation of one such plan, and for each school year thereafter.

A school district shall not be considered to have failed to comply with this division or section 3313.48 or 3313.481 of the Revised Code because schools were open for instruction but the length of the regularly scheduled school day, for any number of days during the school year, was reduced by not more than two hours due to hazardous weather conditions.

(C) The school district has on file, and is paying in accordance with, a teachers' salary schedule which complies with salaries based upon performance as required under section 3317.13 of the Revised Code.

A board of education or governing board of an educational service center which has not conformed with other law and the rules pursuant thereto, shall not participate in the distribution of funds authorized by sections 3317.022 to 3317.0211, 3317.11, 3317.16, 3317.17, and 3317.19 of the Revised Code, except for good and sufficient reason established to the satisfaction of the state board of education and the state controlling board.

All funds allocated to school districts under this chapter, except those specifically allocated for other purposes, shall be used to pay current operating expenses only.

Sec. 3317.018. (A) The department of education shall make no calculations or payments under Chapter 3317. of the Revised Code for any fiscal year except as prescribed in this section.

(B) School districts shall report student enrollment data as prescribed by section 3317.03 of the Revised Code, which data the department shall use to make payments under Chapters 3306. and 3317. of the Revised Code.

(C) The tax commissioner shall report data regarding tax valuation and receipts for school districts as prescribed by sections 3317.015, 3317.021, 3317.025, 3317.026, 3317.027, 3317.028, 3317.0210, 3317.0211, and 3317.08 and by division (M) of section 3317.02 of the Revised Code, which data the department shall use to make payments under Chapters 3306. and 3317. of the Revised Code.

(D) Unless otherwise specified by another provision of law, in addition to the payments prescribed by Chapter 3306. of the Revised Code, the department shall continue to make payments to or adjustments for school districts in fiscal years after fiscal year 2009 under the following provisions of Chapter 3317. of the Revised Code:

(1) The catastrophic cost reimbursement under division (C)(3) of section 3317.022 of the Revised Code. No other payments shall be made under that section.

(2) All payments or adjustments under section 3317.023 of the Revised Code, except no payments or adjustments shall be made under divisions (B), (C), and (D) of that section.

(3) All payments or adjustments under section 3317.024 of the Revised Code, except no payments or adjustments shall be made under divisions (F), (L), and (N) of that section.

(4) All payments and adjustments under sections 3317.025, 3317.026, 3317.027, 3317.028, 3317.0210, and 3317.0211 of the Revised Code;

(5) Payments under section 3317.04 of the Revised Code;

(6) Unit payments under sections 3317.05, 3317.051, 3317.052, and 3317.053 of the Revised Code, except that no units for gifted funding are authorized after fiscal year 2009.

(7) Payments under sections 3317.06, 3317.063, and 3317.064 of the Revised Code;

(8) Payments under section 3317.07 of the Revised Code;

(9) Payments to educational service centers under section 3317.11 of the Revised Code;

(10) The catastrophic cost reimbursement under division (E) of section 3317.16 of the Revised Code and excess cost reimbursements under division (G) of that section. No other payments shall be made under that section;

(11) Payments under section 3317.17 of the Revised Code;

(12) Adjustments under section 3317.18 of the Revised Code;

(13) Payments to cooperative education school districts under section 3317.19 of the Revised Code;

(14) Payments to county MR/DD boards under section 3317.20 of the Revised Code;

(15) Payments to state institutions for weighted special education funding under section 3317.201 of the Revised Code.

(E) Sections 3317.016 and 3317.017 shall not apply to fiscal years after fiscal year 2009.

(F) This section does not affect the provisions of sections 3317.031, 3317.032, 3317.033, 3317.035, 3317.061, 3317.08, 3317.081, 3317.082, 3317.09, 3317.12, 3317.13, 3317.14, 3317.15, 3317.50, 3317.51, 3317.62, 3317.63, and 3317.64 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 3317.11.  (A) As used in this section:

(1) "Client school district" means a city or exempted village school district that has entered into an agreement under section 3313.843 of the Revised Code to receive any services from an educational service center.

(2) "Service center ADM" means the sum of the total student counts of all local school districts within an educational service center's territory and all of the service center's client school districts.

(3) "STEM school" means a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics school established under Chapter 3326. of the Revised Code.

(4) "Total student count" has the same meaning as in section 3301.011 of the Revised Code.

(B)(1) The governing board of each educational service center shall provide supervisory services to each local school district within the service center's territory. Each city or exempted village school district that enters into an agreement under section 3313.843 of the Revised Code for a governing board to provide any services also is considered to be provided supervisory services by the governing board. Except as provided in division (B)(2) of this section, the supervisory services shall not exceed one supervisory teacher for the first fifty classroom teachers required to be employed in the districts, as calculated under section 3317.023 of the Revised Code, and one for each additional one hundred required classroom teachers, as so calculated.

The supervisory services shall be financed annually through supervisory units. Except as provided in division (B)(2) of this section, the number of supervisory units assigned to each district shall not exceed one unit for the first fifty classroom teachers required to be employed in the district, as calculated under section 3317.023 of the Revised Code, and one for each additional one hundred required classroom teachers, as so calculated. The cost of each supervisory unit shall be the sum of:

(a) The minimum performance-based salary prescribed by section 3317.13 of the Revised Code for the licensed supervisory employee of the governing board;

(b) An amount equal to fifteen per cent of the salary prescribed by section 3317.13 of the Revised Code;

(c) An allowance for necessary travel expenses, limited to the lesser of two hundred twenty-three dollars and sixteen cents per month or two thousand six hundred seventy-eight dollars per year.

(2) If a majority of the boards of education, or superintendents acting on behalf of the boards, of the local and client school districts receiving services from the educational service center agree to receive additional supervisory services and to pay the cost of a corresponding number of supervisory units in excess of the services and units specified in division (B)(1) of this section, the service center shall provide the additional services as agreed to by the majority of districts to, and the department of education shall apportion the cost of the corresponding number of additional supervisory units pursuant to division (B)(3) of this section among, all of the service center's local and client school districts.

(3) The department shall apportion the total cost for all supervisory units among the service center's local and client school districts based on each district's total student count. The department shall deduct each district's apportioned share pursuant to division (E) of section 3317.023 of the Revised Code and pay the apportioned share to the service center.

(C) The department annually shall deduct from each local and client school district of each educational service center, pursuant to division (E) of section 3317.023 of the Revised Code, and pay to the service center an amount equal to six dollars and fifty cents times the school district's total student count. The board of education, or the superintendent acting on behalf of the board, of any local or client school district may agree to pay an amount in excess of six dollars and fifty cents per student in total student count. If a majority of the boards of education, or superintendents acting on behalf of the boards, of the local school districts within a service center's territory approve an amount in excess of six dollars and fifty cents per student in total student count, the department shall deduct the approved excess per student amount from all of the local school districts within the service center's territory and pay the excess amount to the service center.

(D) The department shall pay each educational service center the amounts due to it from school districts pursuant to contracts, compacts, or agreements under which the service center furnishes services to the districts or their students. In order to receive payment under this division, an educational service center shall furnish either a copy of the contract, compact, or agreement clearly indicating the amounts of the payments, or a written statement that clearly indicates the payments owed and is signed by the superintendent or treasurer of the responsible school district. The amounts paid to service centers under this division shall be deducted from payments to school districts pursuant to division (K)(3) of section 3317.023 of the Revised Code.

(E) Each school district's deduction under this section and divisions (E) and (K)(3) of section 3317.023 of the Revised Code shall be made from the total payment computed for the district under this chapter, after making any other adjustments in that payment required by law.

(F)(1) Except as provided in division (F)(2) of this section, the department annually shall pay the governing board of each educational service center state funds equal to thirty-seven dollars times its service center ADM.

(2) The department annually shall pay state funds equal to forty dollars and fifty-two cents times the service center ADM to each educational service center comprising territory that was included in the territory of at least three former service centers or county school districts, which former centers or districts engaged in one or more mergers under section 3311.053 of the Revised Code to form the present center.

(G) Each city, exempted village, local, joint vocational, or cooperative education school district shall pay to the governing board of an educational service center any amounts agreed to for each child enrolled in the district who receives special education and related services or career-technical education from the educational service center, unless these educational services are provided pursuant to a contract, compact, or agreement for which the department deducts and transfers payments under division (D) of this section and division (K)(3) of section 3317.023 of the Revised Code.

(H) The department annually shall pay the governing board of each educational service center that has entered into a contract with a STEM school for the provision of services described in division (B) of section 3326.45 of the Revised Code state funds equal to the per-pupil amount specified in the contract for the provision of those services times the number of students enrolled in the STEM school.

(I) An educational service center:

(1) May provide special education and career-technical education to students in its local or client school districts;

(2) Is eligible for transportation funding under division (G) of section 3317.024 of the Revised Code and for state subsidies for the purchase of school buses under section 3317.07 of the Revised Code;

(3) May apply for and receive gifted education units and provide gifted education services to students in its local or client school districts;

(4) May conduct driver education for high school students in accordance with Chapter 4508. of the Revised Code.

Sec. 3317.13.  (A) As used in this section and section 3317.14 of the Revised Code:

(1) "Years of service" includes the following:

(a) All years of teaching service in the same school district or educational service center, regardless of training level, with each year consisting of at least one hundred twenty days under a teacher's contract;

(b) All years of teaching service in a chartered, nonpublic school located in Ohio as a teacher licensed pursuant to section 3319.22 of the Revised Code or in another public school, regardless of training level, with each year consisting of at least one hundred twenty days under a teacher's contract;

(c) All years of teaching service in a chartered school or institution or a school or institution that subsequently became chartered or a chartered special education program or a special education program that subsequently became chartered operated by the state or by a subdivision or other local governmental unit of this state as a teacher licensed pursuant to section 3319.22 of the Revised Code, regardless of training level, with each year consisting of at least one hundred twenty days; and

(d) All years of active military service in the armed forces of the United States, as defined in section 3307.75 of the Revised Code, to a maximum of five years. For purposes of this calculation, a partial year of active military service of eight continuous months or more in the armed forces shall be counted as a full year.

(2) "Teacher", "teacher" means all teachers employed by the board of education of any school district, including any cooperative education or joint vocational school district and all teachers employed by any educational service center governing board.

(B) No Each teacher shall be paid a salary less than that provided in the schedule set forth in division (C) of this section. In calculating the minimum salary any teacher shall be paid pursuant to this section, years of service shall include the sum of all years of the teacher's teaching service included in divisions (A)(1)(a), (b), (c), and (d) of this section; except that any school district or educational service center employing a teacher new to the district or educational service center shall grant such teacher a total of not more than ten years of service pursuant to divisions (A)(1)(b), (c), and (d) of this section.

Upon written complaint to the superintendent of public instruction that the board of education of a district or the governing board of an educational service center governing board has failed or refused to annually adopt a salary schedule or to pay salaries in accordance with the salary schedule set forth in division (C) of this section, the superintendent of public instruction shall cause to be made an immediate investigation of such complaint. If the superintendent finds that the conditions complained of exist, the superintendent shall order the board to correct such conditions within ten days from the date of the finding. No moneys shall be distributed to the district or educational service center under this chapter until the superintendent has satisfactory evidence of the board of education's full compliance with such order.

Each teacher shall be fully credited with placement in the appropriate academic training level column in the district's or educational service center's salary schedule with years of service properly credited pursuant to this section or section 3317.14 of the Revised Code. No rule shall be adopted or exercised by any board of education or educational service center governing board which restricts the placement or the crediting of annual salary increments for any teacher according to the appropriate academic training level column.

(C) Minimum salaries exclusive of retirement and sick leave for teachers shall be as follows:


Teachers Teachers with Teachers
Years with Less Teachers with Five Years of with
of than a Bachelor's Training, but a Master's
Service Bachelor's Degree no Master's Degree or
Degree Degree Higher


Per Dollar Per Dollar Per Dollar Per Dollar
Cent* Amount Cent* Amount Cent* Amount Cent* Amount
0 86.5 $17,300 100.0 $20,000 103.8 $20,760 109.5 $21,900
1 90.0  18,000 103.8  20,760 108.1  21,620 114.3  22,860
2 93.5  18,700 107.6  21,520 112.4  22,480 119.1  23,820
3 97.0  19,400 111.4  22,280 116.7  23,340 123.9  24,780
4 100.5  20,100 115.2  23,040 121.0  24,200 128.7  25,740
5 104.0  20,800 119.0  23,800 125.3  25,060 133.5  26,700
6 104.0  20,800 122.8  24,560 129.6  25,920 138.3  27,660
7 104.0  20,800 126.6  25,320 133.9  26,780 143.1  28,620
8 104.0  20,800 130.4  26,080 138.2  27,640 147.9  29,580
9 104.0  20,800 134.2  26,840 142.5  28,500 152.7  30,540
10 104.0  20,800 138.0  27,600 146.8  29,360 157.5  31,500
11 104.0  20,800 141.8  28,360 151.1  30,220 162.3  32,460

* Percentages represent the percentage which each salary is of the base amount.

For purposes of determining the minimum salary at any level of training and service, the base of one hundred per cent shall be the base amount. The percentages used in this section show the relationships between the minimum salaries required by this section and the base amount and shall not be construed as requiring any school district or educational service center to adopt a schedule containing salaries in excess of the amounts set forth in this section for corresponding levels of training and experience.

As used in this division:

(1) "Base amount" means twenty thousand dollars.

(2) "Five years of training" means at least one hundred fifty semester hours, or the equivalent, and a bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university.

(D) For purposes of this section, all credited training shall be from a recognized college or university based upon performance as described in this section.

(C) For purposes of this section, a board shall measure a teacher's performance by considering all of the following:

(1) The level of license issued under section 3319.22 of the Revised Code that the teacher holds;

(2) Whether the teacher is a "highly qualified teacher" as defined in section 3319.074 of the Revised Code;

(3) The value-added measure the board uses to determine the performance of the students assigned to the teacher's classroom;

(4) The results of the teacher's performance evaluations conducted under section 3319.111 of the Revised Code or any peer review program created by an agreement entered into by a board of education and representatives of teachers employed by that board;

(5) Any other criteria established by the board.

Sec. 3319.01.  Except in an island school district, where the superintendent of an educational service center otherwise may serve as superintendent of the district and except as otherwise provided for any cooperative education school district pursuant to division (B)(2) of section 3311.52 or division (B)(3) of section 3311.521 of the Revised Code, the board of education in each school district and the governing board of each service center shall, at a regular or special meeting held not later than the first day of May of the calendar year in which the term of the superintendent expires, appoint a person possessed of the qualifications provided in this section to act as superintendent, for a term not longer than five years beginning the first day of August and ending on the thirty-first day of July. Such superintendent is, at the expiration of a current term of employment, deemed reemployed for a term of one year at the same salary plus any increments that may be authorized by the board, unless such board, on or before the first day of March of the year in which the contract of employment expires, either reemploys the superintendent for a succeeding term as provided in this section or gives to the superintendent written notice of its intention not to reemploy the superintendent. A superintendent may not be transferred to any other position during the term of the superintendent's employment or reemployment except by mutual agreement by the superintendent and the board. If a vacancy occurs in the office of superintendent, the board shall appoint a superintendent for a term not to exceed five years from the next preceding first day of August.

A board may at any regular or special meeting held during the period beginning on the first day of January of the calendar year immediately preceding the year the contract of employment of a superintendent expires and ending on the first day of March of the year it expires, reemploy such superintendent for a succeeding term for not longer than five years, beginning on the first day of August immediately following the expiration of the superintendent's current term of employment and ending on the thirty-first day of July of the year in which such succeeding term expires. No person shall be appointed to the office of superintendent of a city, or exempted village school district or a service center who does not hold a license designated for being a superintendent issued under section 3319.22 of the Revised Code, unless such person had been employed as a county, city, or exempted village superintendent prior to August 1, 1939. No person shall be appointed to the office of local superintendent who does not hold a license designated for being a superintendent issued under section 3319.22 of the Revised Code, unless such person held or was qualified to hold the position of executive head of a local school district on September 16, 1957. At the time of making such appointment or designation of term, such board shall fix the compensation of the superintendent, which may be increased or decreased during such term, provided such decrease is a part of a uniform plan affecting salaries of all employees of the district, and shall execute a written contract of employment with such superintendent.

Each board shall adopt procedures for the evaluation of its superintendent and shall evaluate its superintendent in accordance with those procedures. An evaluation based upon such procedures shall be considered by the board in deciding whether to renew the superintendent's contract. The establishment of an evaluation procedure shall not create an expectancy of continued employment. Nothing in this section shall prevent a board from making the final determination regarding the renewal or failure to renew of a superintendent's contract.

Termination of a superintendent's contract shall be pursuant to section 3319.16 of the Revised Code.

A board may establish vacation leave for its superintendent in accordance with the general leave policy the board adopts pursuant to section 3319.141 of the Revised Code. Upon the superintendent's separation from employment a board that has such leave may provide compensation at the superintendent's current rate of pay for all lawfully accrued and unused vacation leave to the superintendent's credit at the time of separation, not to exceed the amount accrued within three years before the date of separation. In case of the death of a superintendent, such unused vacation leave as the board would have paid to this superintendent upon separation shall be paid in accordance with section 2113.04 of the Revised Code, or to the superintendent's estate.

Notwithstanding section 9.481 of the Revised Code, the board of a city, local, exempted village, or joint vocational school district may require its superintendent, as a condition of employment, to reside within the boundaries of the district.

The superintendent shall be the executive officer for the board. Subject to section 3319.40 of the Revised Code, the superintendent shall direct and assign teachers and other employees of the district or service center, except as provided in division (B) of section 3313.31 and section 3319.04 of the Revised Code. The superintendent shall assign the pupils to the proper schools and grades, provided that the assignment of a pupil to a school outside of the pupil's district of residence is approved by the board of the district of residence of such pupil. The superintendent shall perform such other duties as the board determines.

The board of education of any school district may contract with the governing board of the educational service center from which it otherwise receives services to conduct searches and recruitment of candidates for the superintendent position authorized under this section.

Sec. 3319.011.  If a board of education determines the superintendent is incapacitated in such a manner that he the superintendent is unable to perform the duties of the office of superintendent, the board may, by a majority vote of the members of the board, appoint a person to serve in his the superintendent's place pro tempore. Each board of education shall adopt a written policy establishing standards for determining whether the superintendent is incapacitated, and shall provide that during any period in which the superintendent is incapacitated, he the superintendent may be placed on sick leave or on leave of absence and may be returned to active duty status from sick leave or leave of absence. The board shall award leave pursuant to this written policy in accordance with the general leave policy the board adopts pursuant to section 3319.141 of the Revised Code. The superintendent may request a hearing before the board on any action taken under this section, and he shall have the same rights in any such hearing as are granted to a teacher in a board hearing under section 3319.16 of the Revised Code. The superintendent pro tempore shall perform all of the duties and functions of the superintendent and shall serve until the board by majority vote determines the superintendent's incapacity is removed or until the expiration of the superintendent's contract or term of office, whichever is sooner. The superintendent pro tempore may be removed at any time for cause by a two-thirds vote of the members of the board. The board shall fix the compensation of the superintendent pro tempore in accordance with section 3319.01 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 3319.02.  (A)(1) As used in this section, "other administrator" means any of the following:

(a) Except as provided in division (A)(2) of this section, any employee in a position for which a board of education requires a license designated by rule of the department of education for being an administrator issued under section 3319.22 of the Revised Code, including a professional pupil services employee or administrative specialist or an equivalent of either one who is not employed as a school counselor and spends less than fifty per cent of the time employed teaching or working with students;

(b) Any nonlicensed employee whose job duties enable such employee to be considered as either a "supervisor" or a "management level employee," as defined in section 4117.01 of the Revised Code;

(c) A business manager appointed under section 3319.03 of the Revised Code.

(2) As used in this section, "other administrator" does not include a superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, or assistant principal.

(B) The board of education of each school district and the governing board of an educational service center may appoint one or more assistant superintendents and such other administrators as are necessary. An assistant educational service center superintendent or service center supervisor employed on a part-time basis may also be employed by a local board as a teacher. The board of each city, exempted village, and local school district shall employ principals for all high schools and for such other schools as the board designates, and those boards may appoint assistant principals for any school that they designate.

(C) In educational service centers and in city, exempted village, and local school districts, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, and other administrators shall only be employed or reemployed in accordance with nominations of the superintendent, except that a board of education of a school district or the governing board of a service center, by a three-fourths vote of its full membership, may reemploy any assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, or other administrator whom the superintendent refuses to nominate.

The board of education or governing board shall execute a written contract of employment with each assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, and other administrator it employs or reemploys. The term of such contract shall not exceed three years except that in the case of a person who has been employed as an assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, or other administrator in the district or center for three years or more, the term of the contract shall be for not more than five years and, unless the superintendent of the district recommends otherwise, not less than two years. If the superintendent so recommends, the term of the contract of a person who has been employed by the district or service center as an assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, or other administrator for three years or more may be one year, but all subsequent contracts granted such person shall be for a term of not less than two years and not more than five years. When a teacher with continuing service status becomes an assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, or other administrator with the district or service center with which the teacher holds continuing service status, the teacher retains such status in the teacher's nonadministrative position as provided in sections 3319.08 and 3319.09 of the Revised Code.

A board of education or governing board may reemploy an assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, or other administrator at any regular or special meeting held during the period beginning on the first day of January of the calendar year immediately preceding the year of expiration of the employment contract and ending on the last day of March of the year the employment contract expires.

Except by mutual agreement of the parties thereto, no assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, or other administrator shall be transferred during the life of a contract to a position of lesser responsibility. No contract may be terminated by a board except pursuant to section 3319.16 of the Revised Code. No contract may be suspended except pursuant to section 3319.17 or 3319.171 of the Revised Code. The salaries and compensation prescribed by such contracts shall not be reduced by a board unless such reduction is a part of a uniform plan affecting the entire district or center. The contract shall specify the employee's administrative position and duties as included in the job description adopted under division (D) of this section, the salary and other compensation to be paid for performance of duties, the number of days to be worked, the number of days of vacation leave, if any, and any paid holidays in the contractual year.

An assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, or other administrator is, at the expiration of the current term of employment, deemed reemployed at the same salary plus any increments that may be authorized by the board, unless such employee notifies the board in writing to the contrary on or before the first day of June, or unless such board, on or before the last day of March of the year in which the contract of employment expires, either reemploys such employee for a succeeding term or gives written notice of its intention not to reemploy the employee. The term of reemployment of a person reemployed under this paragraph shall be one year, except that if such person has been employed by the school district or service center as an assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, or other administrator for three years or more, the term of reemployment shall be two years.

(D)(1) Each board shall adopt procedures for the evaluation of all assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, and other administrators and shall evaluate such employees in accordance with those procedures. The procedures for the evaluation of principals shall utilize the framework for evaluation of principals adopted under division (C) of section 3319.112 of the Revised Code and shall be developed in consultation with principals employed by the board. An evaluation based upon such procedures adopted under this division shall be considered by the board in deciding whether to renew the contract of employment of an assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, or other administrator. In the case of a principal, the evaluation also shall be considered in making decisions about compensation, termination, reductions in force, and professional development.

(2) The evaluation shall measure each assistant superintendent's, principal's, assistant principal's, and other administrator's effectiveness in performing the duties included in the job description and the evaluation procedures shall provide for, but not be limited to, the following:

(a) Each assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, and other administrator shall be evaluated annually through a written evaluation process.

(b) The evaluation shall be conducted by the superintendent or designee.

(c) In order to provide time to show progress in correcting the deficiencies identified in the evaluation process, the evaluation process shall be completed as follows:

(i) In any school year that the employee's contract of employment is not due to expire, at least one evaluation shall be completed in that year. A written copy of the evaluation shall be provided to the employee no later than the end of the employee's contract year as defined by the employee's annual salary notice.

(ii) In any school year that the employee's contract of employment is due to expire, at least a preliminary evaluation and at least a final evaluation shall be completed in that year. A written copy of the preliminary evaluation shall be provided to the employee at least sixty days prior to any action by the board on the employee's contract of employment. The final evaluation shall indicate the superintendent's intended recommendation to the board regarding a contract of employment for the employee. A written copy of the evaluation shall be provided to the employee at least five days prior to the board's acting to renew or not renew the contract.

(3) Termination of an assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, or other administrator's contract shall be pursuant to section 3319.16 of the Revised Code. Suspension of any such employee shall be pursuant to section 3319.17 or 3319.171 of the Revised Code.

(4) Before taking action to renew or nonrenew the contract of an assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, or other administrator under this section and prior to the last day of March of the year in which such employee's contract expires, the board shall notify each such employee of the date that the contract expires and that the employee may request a meeting with the board. Upon request by such an employee, the board shall grant the employee a meeting in executive session. In that meeting, the board shall discuss its reasons for considering renewal or nonrenewal of the contract. The employee shall be permitted to have a representative, chosen by the employee, present at the meeting.

(5) The establishment of an evaluation procedure shall not create an expectancy of continued employment. Nothing in division (D) of this section shall prevent a board from making the final determination regarding the renewal or nonrenewal of the contract of any assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, or other administrator. However, if a board fails to provide evaluations pursuant to division (D)(2)(c)(i) or (ii) of this section, or if the board fails to provide at the request of the employee a meeting as prescribed in division (D)(4) of this section, the employee automatically shall be reemployed at the same salary plus any increments that may be authorized by the board for a period of one year, except that if the employee has been employed by the district or service center as an assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, or other administrator for three years or more, the period of reemployment shall be for two years.

(E) On nomination of the superintendent of a service center a governing board may employ supervisors who shall be employed under written contracts of employment for terms not to exceed five years each. Such contracts may be terminated by a governing board pursuant to section 3319.16 of the Revised Code. Any supervisor employed pursuant to this division may terminate the contract of employment at the end of any school year after giving the board at least thirty days' written notice prior to such termination. On the recommendation of the superintendent the contract or contracts of any supervisor employed pursuant to this division may be suspended for the remainder of the term of any such contract pursuant to section 3319.17 or 3319.171 of the Revised Code.

(F) A board may establish vacation leave for any individuals employed under this section in accordance with the general leave policy the board adopts pursuant to section 3319.141 of the Revised Code. Upon such an individual's separation from employment, a board that has such leave may compensate such an individual at the individual's current rate of pay for all lawfully accrued and unused vacation leave credited at the time of separation, not to exceed the amount accrued within three years before the date of separation. In case of the death of an individual employed under this section, such unused vacation leave as the board would have paid to the individual upon separation under this section shall be paid in accordance with section 2113.04 of the Revised Code, or to the estate.

(G) The board of education of any school district may contract with the governing board of the educational service center from which it otherwise receives services to conduct searches and recruitment of candidates for assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, and other administrator positions authorized under this section.

Sec. 3319.06. (A) The board of education of each city, exempted village, or local school district may create the position of internal auditor. Any person employed by the board as an internal auditor shall hold a valid permit issued under section 4701.10 of the Revised Code to practice as a certified public accountant or a public accountant.

(B) The board shall execute a written contract of employment with each internal auditor it employs. The contract shall specify the internal auditor's duties,; the salary and other compensation to be paid for performance of those duties,; the number of days to be worked, the number of days of vacation leave, if any, that the internal auditor receives under the general leave policy the board adopts pursuant to section 3319.141 of the Revised Code; and any paid holidays in the contractual year. The salary and other compensation prescribed by the contract may be increased by the board during the term of the contract but shall not be reduced during that term unless such reduction is part of a uniform plan affecting employees of the entire district. The term of the initial contract shall not exceed three years. Any renewal of the contract shall be for a term of not less than two years and not more than five years.

The internal auditor shall be directly responsible to the board for the performance of all duties outlined in the contract. If the board does not intend to renew the contract upon its expiration, the board shall provide written notice to the internal auditor of its intention not to renew the contract not later than the last day of March of the year in which the contract expires. If the board does not provide such notice by that date, the internal auditor shall be deemed reemployed for a term of one year at the same salary plus any increments that may be authorized by the board. Termination of an internal auditor's contract shall be pursuant to section 3319.16 of the Revised Code.

(C) Each board that employs an internal auditor shall adopt procedures for the evaluation of the internal auditor and shall evaluate the internal auditor in accordance with those procedures. The evaluation based upon the procedures shall be considered by the board in deciding whether to renew the internal auditor's contract of employment. The establishment of an evaluation procedure shall not create an expectancy of continued employment. Nothing in this section shall prevent the board from making the final determination regarding the renewal or nonrenewal of the contract of an internal auditor.

Sec. 3319.08.  (A) The board of education of each city, exempted village, local, and joint vocational school district and the governing board of each educational service center shall enter into written contracts for the employment and reemployment of all teachers. Contracts for the employment of teachers shall be of two types, limited contracts and continuing contracts. The board of each school district or service center that authorizes compensation in addition to the base salary stated in the teachers' salary schedule for the performance of duties by a teacher that are in addition to the teacher's regular teaching duties, shall enter into a supplemental written contract with each teacher who is to perform additional duties. Such supplemental written contracts shall be limited contracts. Such written contracts and supplemental written contracts shall set forth the teacher's duties and shall specify the salaries and compensation to be paid for regular teaching duties and additional teaching duties, respectively, either or both of which may be increased but not diminished during the term for which the contract is made, except as provided in section 3319.12 of the Revised Code.

If a board adopts a motion or resolution to employ a teacher under a limited or continuing contract and the teacher accepts such employment, the failure of such parties to execute a written contract shall not void such employment contract.

(B) Teachers must be paid for all time lost when the schools in which they are employed are closed due to an epidemic or other public calamity, and for time lost due to illness or otherwise for not less than five days annually as authorized by regulations which each board shall adopt.

(C) A limited contract is:

(1) For a superintendent, a contract for such term as authorized by section 3319.01 of the Revised Code;

(2) For an assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, or other administrator, a contract for such term as authorized by section 3319.02 of the Revised Code;

(3) For a classroom teacher, in the case of a contract entered into prior to the effective date of this amendment, a term not to exceed five years;

(4) For a classroom teacher, in the case of a contract entered into on or after the effective date of this amendment, a term as authorized in division (D) of this section.

(5) For all other teachers, a contract for a term not to exceed five years.

(D) The term of an initial limited contract for a classroom teacher described in division (C)(4) of this section shall not exceed three years. Any subsequent limited contract entered into with that classroom teacher shall be for a term of not less than two years and not more than five years.

(E) A continuing contract is a contract that remains in effect until the teacher resigns, elects to retire, or is retired pursuant to former section 3307.37 of the Revised Code, or until it is terminated or suspended and shall be granted only to the following:

(1) Any teacher holding a professional, permanent, or life teacher's certificate;

(2) Any teacher who meets met the following conditions prior to the effective date of this amendment:

(a) The teacher was initially issued a teacher's certificate or educator license prior to January 1, 2011.

(b) The teacher holds held a professional educator license issued under section 3319.22 or 3319.222 or former section 3319.22 of the Revised Code or a senior professional educator license or lead professional educator license issued under section 3319.22 of the Revised Code.

(c) The teacher has had completed the applicable one of the following:

(i) If the teacher did not hold a master's degree at the time of initially receiving a teacher's certificate under former law or an educator license, thirty semester hours of coursework in the area of licensure or in an area related to the teaching field since the initial issuance of such certificate or license, as specified in rules which the state board of education shall adopt;

(ii) If the teacher held a master's degree at the time of initially receiving a teacher's certificate under former law or an educator license, six semester hours of graduate coursework in the area of licensure or in an area related to the teaching field since the initial issuance of such certificate or license, as specified in rules which the state board shall adopt.

(3) Any teacher who meets the following conditions:

(a) The teacher never held a teacher's certificate and was initially issued an educator license on or after January 1, 2011.

(b) The teacher holds a professional educator license, senior professional educator license, or lead professional educator license issued under section 3319.22 of the Revised Code.

(c) The teacher has held an educator license for at least seven years.

(d) The teacher has completed the applicable one of the following:

(i) If the teacher did not hold a master's degree at the time of initially receiving an educator license, thirty semester hours of coursework in the area of licensure or in an area related to the teaching field since the initial issuance of that license, as specified in rules which the state board shall adopt;

(ii) If the teacher held a master's degree at the time of initially receiving an educator license, six semester hours of graduate coursework in the area of licensure or in an area related to the teaching field since the initial issuance of that license, as specified in rules which the state board shall adopt.

(E)(F) Division (D)(E) of this section applies only to continuing contracts entered into on or after the effective date of this amendment the effective date of the amendment of this section by S.B. 5 of the 129th general assembly. Nothing in that division shall be construed to void or otherwise affect a continuing contract entered into prior to that date.

Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code, the:

(1) The requirements of division (D)(E)(3) of this section, as it existed prior to the effective date of this amendment, prevail over any conflicting provisions of a collective bargaining agreement entered into on or after the effective date of this amendment between October 16, 2009, and that effective date.

(2) The requirements of division (E) of this section, as it exists on and after the effective date of this amendment, prevail over any conflicting provisions of a collective bargaining agreement entered into on or after that effective date.

(F)(G) Wherever the term "educator license" is used in this section without reference to a specific type of educator license, the term does not include an educator license for substitute teaching issued under section 3319.226 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 3319.084.  In all school districts each full-time nonteaching school employee including full-time hourly-rate and per diem employees, after service of one year with a board of education, shall be entitled, during each year thereafter, while continuing in the employ of such board of education, to receive vacation leave with full pay for a minimum of two calendar weeks, excluding legal holidays. Employees continuing in the employ of such board of education for ten or more years of service shall be entitled to vacation leave with full pay for a minimum of three calendar weeks, excluding legal holidays. Employees continuing in the employ of such in accordance with the general leave policy the board of education for twenty or more years of service shall be entitled to vacation leave with full pay for a minimum of four calendar weeks, excluding legal holidays adopts pursuant to section 3319.141 of the Revised Code.

Upon separation from employment a nonteaching school employee shall be entitled to compensation at his the nonteaching school employee's current rate of pay for all lawfully accrued and unused vacation leave to his the nonteaching school employee's credit at the time of separation, not to exceed the vacation leave accrued to his the nonteaching school employee's credit for the two years immediately preceding his separation and the prorated portion of his the nonteaching school employee's earned but unused vacation leave for the current year. In case of the death of a non-teaching school employee such accrued and unused vacation leave and prorated portion for the current year shall be paid in accordance with section 2113.04 of the Revised Code, or to his the nonteaching school employee's estate.

For the purposes of this section, a full-time employee is a person who is in service for not less than eleven months in each calendar year. A board of education may establish vacation leave for employees who are in service less than eleven months in each calendar year in accordance with the general leave policy the board adopts pursuant to section 3319.141 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 3319.085.  Any nonteaching school employee who, subsequent to September 1, 1962, has left, or leaves, the employ of a board of education for the purpose of entering on extended active duty in the armed services of the United States or the auxiliaries thereof, and within eight weeks enters such service and who has returned, or returns, from such service with an honorable discharge or certificate of service shall be re-employed by the board of education of the district in which he the nonteaching school employee held such school position, under the same type of contract as that which he the nonteaching school employee last held in such district, if such nonteaching school employee applies, within ninety days after such discharge, to such board of education for re-employment. Upon such application, such nonteaching school employee shall be re-employed at the first of the next school semester, if such application is made not less than thirty days prior to the first of such next school semester, in which case such nonteaching school employee shall be re-employed the first of the following school semester, unless the board of education waives the requirement for such thirty-day period.

For the purposes of seniority and placement on the salary schedule, years of absence on extended active duty in the armed services of the United States or the auxiliaries thereof shall not exceed four, and shall be counted as though school service had been performed during such time.

The board of education of this district in which such nonteaching school employee was employed and is re-employed under this section may suspend the contract of the nonteaching school employee whose services become unnecessary by reason of the return of a nonteaching school employee from service in the armed services or auxiliaries thereof.

Sec. 3319.088.  As used in this section, "educational assistant" means any nonteaching employee in a school district who directly assists a teacher as defined in section 3319.09 of the Revised Code, by performing duties for which a license issued pursuant to sections 3319.22 to 3319.30 of the Revised Code is not required.

(A) The state board of education shall issue educational aide permits and educational paraprofessional licenses for educational assistants and shall adopt rules for the issuance and renewal of such permits and licenses which shall be consistent with the provisions of this section. Educational aide permits and educational paraprofessional licenses may be of several types and the rules shall prescribe the minimum qualifications of education, health, and character for the service to be authorized under each type. The prescribed minimum qualifications may require special training or educational courses designed to qualify a person to perform effectively the duties authorized under an educational aide permit or educational paraprofessional license.

(B)(1) Any application for a permit or license, or a renewal or duplicate of a permit or license, under this section shall be accompanied by the payment of a fee in the amount established under division (A) of section 3319.51 of the Revised Code. Any fees received under this division shall be paid into the state treasury to the credit of the state board of education licensure fund established under division (B) of section 3319.51 of the Revised Code.

(2) Any person applying for or holding a permit or license pursuant to this section is subject to sections 3123.41 to 3123.50 of the Revised Code and any applicable rules adopted under section 3123.63 of the Revised Code and sections 3319.31 and 3319.311 of the Revised Code.

(C) Educational assistants shall at all times while in the performance of their duties be under the supervision and direction of a teacher as defined in section 3319.09 of the Revised Code. Educational assistants may assist a teacher to whom assigned in the supervision of pupils, in assisting with instructional tasks, and in the performance of duties which, in the judgment of the teacher to whom the assistant is assigned, may be performed by a person not licensed pursuant to sections 3319.22 to 3319.30 of the Revised Code and for which a teaching license, issued pursuant to sections 3319.22 to 3319.30 of the Revised Code is not required. The duties of an educational assistant shall not include the assignment of grades to pupils. The duties of an educational assistant need not be performed in the physical presence of the teacher to whom assigned, but the activity of an educational assistant shall at all times be under the direction of the teacher to whom assigned. The assignment of an educational assistant need not be limited to assisting a single teacher. In the event an educational assistant is assigned to assist more than one teacher the assignments shall be clearly delineated and so arranged that the educational assistant shall never be subject to simultaneous supervision or direction by more than one teacher.

Educational assistants assigned to supervise children shall, when the teacher to whom assigned is not physically present, maintain the degree of control and discipline that would be maintained by the teacher.

Educational assistants may not be used in place of classroom teachers or other employees and any payment of compensation by boards of education to educational assistants for such services is prohibited. The ratio between the number of licensed teachers and the pupils in a school district may not be decreased by utilization of educational assistants and no grouping, or other organization of pupils, for utilization of educational assistants shall be established which is inconsistent with sound educational practices and procedures. A school district may employ up to one full time equivalent educational assistant for each six full time equivalent licensed employees of the district. Educational assistants shall not be counted as licensed employees for purposes of state support in the school foundation program and no grouping or regrouping of pupils with educational assistants may be counted as a class or unit for school foundation program purposes. Neither special courses required by the regulations of the state board of education, prescribing minimum qualifications of education for an educational assistant, nor years of service as an educational assistant shall be counted in any way toward qualifying for a teacher license, or for a teacher contract of any type, or for determining placement on a salary schedule in a school district as a teacher.

(D) Educational assistants employed by a board of education shall have all rights, benefits, and legal protection available to other nonteaching employees in the school district, except that provisions of Chapter 124. of the Revised Code shall not apply to any person employed as an educational assistant, and shall be members of the school employees retirement system. Educational assistants shall be compensated according to a salary plan adopted annually by the board.

Except as provided in this section nonteaching employees shall not serve as educational assistants without first obtaining an appropriate educational aide permit or educational paraprofessional license from the state board of education. A nonteaching employee who is the holder of a valid educational aide permit or educational paraprofessional license shall neither render nor be required to render services inconsistent with the type of services authorized by the permit or license held. No person shall receive compensation from a board of education for services rendered as an educational assistant in violation of this provision.

Nonteaching employees whose functions are solely secretarial-clerical and who do not perform any other duties as educational assistants, even though they assist a teacher and work under the direction of a teacher shall not be required to hold a permit or license issued pursuant to this section. Students preparing to become licensed teachers or educational assistants shall not be required to hold an educational aide permit or paraprofessional license for such periods of time as such students are assigned, as part of their training program, to work with a teacher in a school district. Such students shall not be compensated for such services.

Following the determination of the assignment and general job description of an educational assistant and subject to supervision by the teacher's immediate administrative officer, a teacher to whom an educational assistant is assigned shall make all final determinations of the duties to be assigned to such assistant. Teachers shall not be required to hold a license designated for being a supervisor or administrator in order to perform the necessary supervision of educational assistants.

(E) No person who is, or who has been employed as an educational assistant shall divulge, except to the teacher to whom assigned, or the administrator of the school in the absence of the teacher to whom assigned, or when required to testify in a court or proceedings, any personal information concerning any pupil in the school district which was obtained or obtainable by the educational assistant while so employed. Violation of this provision is grounds for disciplinary action or dismissal, or both.

Sec. 3319.09.  As used in sections 3319.08 to 3319.18, inclusive, of the Revised Code:

(A) "Teacher" means all persons licensed to teach and who are employed in the public schools of this state as instructors, principals, supervisors, superintendents, or in any other educational position for which the state board of education requires licensure under sections 3319.22 to 3319.31 of the Revised Code including persons having a license issued pursuant to sections 3319.22 to 3319.31 of the Revised Code and employed in an educational position, as determined by the state board of education, under programs provided for by federal acts or regulations and financed in whole or in part from federal funds, but for which no licensure requirements for the position can be made under the provisions of such federal acts or regulations.

(B) "Year" as applied to term of service means actual service of not less than one hundred twenty days within a school year; provided that any board of education may grant a leave of absence for professional advancement with full credit for service in accordance with the general leave policy the board adopts pursuant to section 3319.141 of the Revised Code, if applicable.

(C) "Continuing service status" for a teacher means employment under a continuing contract.

Sec. 3319.10.  Teachers may be employed as substitute teachers for terms not to exceed one year for assignment as services are needed to take the place of regular teachers absent on account of illness or on leaves of absence or to fill temporarily positions created by emergencies; such assignment to be subject to termination when such services no longer are needed.

A teacher employed as a substitute with an assignment to one specific teaching position shall after sixty days of service be granted sick leave, visiting days, and other local privileges granted to regular teachers including a salary not less than the minimum salary on the current adopted salary schedule based upon performance as described in section 3317.13 of the Revised Code and in accordance with the general leave policy the board of education or governing board of an educational service center that employs the teacher adopts pursuant to section 3319.141 of the Revised Code.

A teacher employed as a substitute for one hundred twenty days or more during a school year and re-employed for or assigned to a specific teaching position for the succeeding year shall receive a contract as a regular teacher if the substitute meets the local educational requirements for the employment of regular teachers.

Teachers employed as substitutes on a casual or day-to-day basis shall not be entitled to the notice of nonre-employment prescribed in section 3319.11 of the Revised Code, but boards of education may grant such teachers sick leave and other local privileges in accordance with the general leave policy the board adopts pursuant to section 3319.141 of the Revised Code and cumulate such service in determining seniority.

For purposes of determining in any school year the days of service of a substitute teacher under this section, any teacher's days of service in that school year while conditionally employed as a substitute teacher under section 3319.101 of the Revised Code shall count as days of service as a substitute teacher under this section.

Sec. 3319.11.  (A) As used in this section:

(1) "Evaluation procedures" means the procedures required by the policy adopted pursuant to division (B)(A) of section 3319.111 of the Revised Code.

(2) "Limited contract" means a limited contract, as described in section 3319.08 of the Revised Code, that a school district board of education or governing board of an educational service center enters into with a teacher who is not eligible for continuing service status.

(3) "Extended limited contract" means a limited contract, as described in section 3319.08 of the Revised Code, that a board of education or governing board enters into with a teacher who is eligible for continuing service status.

(B) Teachers eligible for continuing service status in any city, exempted village, local, or joint vocational school district or educational service center shall be those teachers qualified as described in division (D)(E) of section 3319.08 of the Revised Code, who within the last five years prior to the effective date of this amendment have taught for at least three years in the district or center, and those teachers who, having attained continuing contract status elsewhere, have served two years in the district or center, but the board, upon the recommendation of the superintendent, may at the time of employment or at any time within such two-year period, declare any of the latter teachers eligible. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code, the requirements of this paragraph prevail over any conflicting provisions of a collective bargaining agreement entered into on or after the effective date of this amendment.

(1) Upon the recommendation of the superintendent that a teacher eligible for continuing service status be reemployed, a continuing contract shall be entered into between the board and the teacher unless the board by a three-fourths vote of its full membership rejects the recommendation of the superintendent. If the board rejects by a three-fourths vote of its full membership the recommendation of the superintendent that a teacher eligible for continuing service status be reemployed and the superintendent makes no recommendation to the board pursuant to division (C) of this section, the board may declare its intention not to reemploy the teacher by giving the teacher written notice on or before the thirtieth day of April of its intention not to reemploy the teacher. If evaluation procedures have not been complied with pursuant to division (A) of section 3319.111 of the Revised Code or the board does not give the teacher written notice on or before the thirtieth day of April of its intention not to reemploy the teacher, the teacher is deemed reemployed under an extended limited contract for a term not to exceed one year at the same salary plus any increment provided by the salary schedule. The teacher is presumed to have accepted employment under the extended limited contract for a term not to exceed one year unless such teacher notifies the board in writing to the contrary on or before the first day of June, and an extended limited contract for a term not to exceed one year shall be executed accordingly. Upon any subsequent reemployment of the teacher only a continuing contract may be entered into.

(2) If the superintendent recommends that a teacher eligible for continuing service status not be reemployed, the board may declare its intention not to reemploy the teacher by giving the teacher written notice on or before the thirtieth day of April of its intention not to reemploy the teacher. If evaluation procedures have not been complied with pursuant to division (A) of section 3319.111 of the Revised Code or the board does not give the teacher written notice on or before the thirtieth day of April of its intention not to reemploy the teacher, the teacher is deemed reemployed under an extended limited contract for a term not to exceed one year at the same salary plus any increment provided by the salary schedule. The teacher is presumed to have accepted employment under the extended limited contract for a term not to exceed one year unless such teacher notifies the board in writing to the contrary on or before the first day of June, and an extended limited contract for a term not to exceed one year shall be executed accordingly. Upon any subsequent reemployment of a teacher only a continuing contract may be entered into.

(3) Any teacher receiving written notice of the intention of a board not to reemploy such teacher pursuant to this division is entitled to the hearing provisions of division (G) of this section.

(C)(1) If a board rejects the recommendation of the superintendent for reemployment of a teacher pursuant to division (B)(1) of this section, the superintendent may recommend reemployment of the teacher, if continuing service status has not previously been attained elsewhere, under an extended limited contract for a term not to exceed two years, provided that written notice of the superintendent's intention to make such recommendation has been given to the teacher with reasons directed at the professional improvement of the teacher on or before the thirtieth day of April. Upon subsequent reemployment of the teacher only a continuing contract may be entered into.

(2) If a board of education takes affirmative action on a superintendent's recommendation, made pursuant to division (C)(1) of this section, of an extended limited contract for a term not to exceed two years but the board does not give the teacher written notice of its affirmative action on the superintendent's recommendation of an extended limited contract on or before the thirtieth day of April, the teacher is deemed reemployed under a continuing contract at the same salary plus any increment provided by the salary schedule. The teacher is presumed to have accepted employment under such continuing contract unless such teacher notifies the board in writing to the contrary on or before the first day of June, and a continuing contract shall be executed accordingly.

(3) A board shall not reject a superintendent's recommendation, made pursuant to division (C)(1) of this section, of an extended limited contract for a term not to exceed two years except by a three-fourths vote of its full membership. If a board rejects by a three-fourths vote of its full membership the recommendation of the superintendent of an extended limited contract for a term not to exceed two years, the board may declare its intention not to reemploy the teacher by giving the teacher written notice on or before the thirtieth day of April of its intention not to reemploy the teacher. If evaluation procedures have not been complied with pursuant to division (A) of section 3319.111 of the Revised Code or if the board does not give the teacher written notice on or before the thirtieth day of April of its intention not to reemploy the teacher, the teacher is deemed reemployed under an extended limited contract for a term not to exceed one year at the same salary plus any increment provided by the salary schedule. The teacher is presumed to have accepted employment under the extended limited contract for a term not to exceed one year unless such teacher notifies the board in writing to the contrary on or before the first day of June, and an extended limited contract for a term not to exceed one year shall be executed accordingly. Upon any subsequent reemployment of the teacher only a continuing contract may be entered into.

Any teacher receiving written notice of the intention of a board not to reemploy such teacher pursuant to this division is entitled to the hearing provisions of division (G) of this section.

(D) A teacher eligible for continuing contract status employed under an extended limited contract pursuant to division (B) or (C) of this section, is, at the expiration of such extended limited contract, deemed reemployed under a continuing contract at the same salary plus any increment granted by the salary schedule, unless evaluation procedures have been complied with pursuant to division (A) of section 3319.111 of the Revised Code and the employing board, acting on the superintendent's recommendation that the teacher not be reemployed, gives the teacher written notice on or before the thirtieth day of April of its intention not to reemploy such teacher. A teacher who does not have evaluation procedures applied in compliance with division (A) of section 3319.111 of the Revised Code or who does not receive notice on or before the thirtieth day of April of the intention of the board not to reemploy such teacher is presumed to have accepted employment under a continuing contract unless such teacher notifies the board in writing to the contrary on or before the first day of June, and a continuing contract shall be executed accordingly.

Any teacher receiving a written notice of the intention of a board not to reemploy such teacher pursuant to this division is entitled to the hearing provisions of division (G) of this section.

(E) A The board shall enter into a limited contract may be entered into by each board with each teacher who has not been in the employ of the board for at least three years and shall be entered into, regardless of length of previous employment, with each teacher employed by the board who is not eligible to be considered for a continuing contract.

Any teacher employed under a limited contract, and not eligible to be considered for a continuing contract, is, at the expiration of such limited contract, considered reemployed under the provisions of this division at the same salary plus any increment provided by the salary schedule unless evaluation procedures have been complied with pursuant to division (A) of section 3319.111 of the Revised Code and the employing board, acting upon the superintendent's written recommendation that the teacher not be reemployed, gives such teacher written notice of its intention not to reemploy such teacher on or before the thirtieth day of April. A teacher who does not have evaluation procedures applied in compliance with division (A) of section 3319.111 of the Revised Code or who does not receive notice of the intention of the board not to reemploy such teacher on or before the thirtieth day of April is presumed to have accepted such employment unless such teacher notifies the board in writing to the contrary on or before the first day of June, and a written contract for the succeeding school year shall be executed accordingly.

Any teacher receiving a written notice of the intention of a board not to reemploy such teacher pursuant to this division is entitled to the hearing provisions of division (G) of this section.

(F) The failure of a superintendent to make a recommendation to the board under any of the conditions set forth in divisions (B) to (E) of this section, or the failure of the board to give such teacher a written notice pursuant to divisions (C) to (E) of this section shall not prejudice or prevent a teacher from being deemed reemployed under either a limited or continuing contract as the case may be under the provisions of this section. A failure of the parties to execute a written contract shall not void any automatic reemployment provisions of this section.

(G)(1) Any teacher receiving written notice of the intention of a board of education not to reemploy such teacher pursuant to division (B), (C)(3), (D), or (E) of this section may, within ten days of the date of receipt of the notice, file with the treasurer of the board a written demand for a written statement describing the circumstances that led to the board's intention not to reemploy the teacher.

(2) The treasurer of a board, on behalf of the board, shall, within ten days of the date of receipt of a written demand for a written statement pursuant to division (G)(1) of this section, provide to the teacher a written statement describing the circumstances that led to the board's intention not to reemploy the teacher.

(3) Any teacher receiving a written statement describing the circumstances that led to the board's intention not to reemploy the teacher pursuant to division (G)(2) of this section may, within five days of the date of receipt of the statement, file with the treasurer of the board a written demand for a hearing before the board pursuant to divisions (G)(4) to (6) of this section.

(4) The treasurer of a board, on behalf of the board, shall, within ten days of the date of receipt of a written demand for a hearing pursuant to division (G)(3) of this section, provide to the teacher a written notice setting forth the time, date, and place of the hearing. The board shall schedule and conclude the hearing within forty days of the date on which the treasurer of the board receives a written demand for a hearing pursuant to division (G)(3) of this section.

(5) Any hearing conducted pursuant to this division shall be conducted by a majority of the members of the board. The hearing shall be held in executive session of the board unless the board and the teacher agree to hold the hearing in public. The superintendent, assistant superintendent, the teacher, and any person designated by either party to take a record of the hearing may be present at the hearing. The board may be represented by counsel and the teacher may be represented by counsel or a designee. A record of the hearing may be taken by either party at the expense of the party taking the record.

(6) Within ten days of the conclusion of a hearing conducted pursuant to this division, the board shall issue to the teacher a written decision containing an order affirming the intention of the board not to reemploy the teacher reported in the notice given to the teacher pursuant to division (B), (C)(3), (D), or (E) of this section or an order vacating the intention not to reemploy and expunging any record of the intention, notice of the intention, and the hearing conducted pursuant to this division.

(7) A teacher may appeal an order affirming the intention of the board not to reemploy the teacher to the court of common pleas of the county in which the largest portion of the territory of the school district or service center is located, within thirty days of the date on which the teacher receives the written decision, on the grounds that the board has not complied with this section or section 3319.111 of the Revised Code.

Notwithstanding section 2506.04 of the Revised Code, the court in an appeal under this division is limited to the determination of procedural errors and to ordering the correction of procedural errors and shall have no jurisdiction to order a board to reemploy a teacher, except that the court may order a board to reemploy a teacher in compliance with the requirements of division (B), (C)(3), (D), or (E) of this section when the court determines that evaluation procedures have not been complied with pursuant to division (A) of section 3319.111 of the Revised Code or the board has not given the teacher written notice on or before the thirtieth day of April of its intention not to reemploy the teacher pursuant to division (B), (C)(3), (D), or (E) of this section. Otherwise, the determination whether to reemploy or not reemploy a teacher is solely a board's determination and not a proper subject of judicial review and, except as provided in this division, no decision of a board whether to reemploy or not reemploy a teacher shall be invalidated by the court on any basis, including that the decision was not warranted by the results of any evaluation or was not warranted by any statement given pursuant to division (G)(2) of this section.

No appeal of an order of a board may be made except as specified in this division.

(H)(1) In giving a teacher any notice required by division (B), (C), (D), or (E) of this section, the board or the superintendent shall do either of the following:

(a) Deliver the notice by personal service upon the teacher;

(b) Deliver the notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the teacher at the teacher's place of employment and deliver a copy of the notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the teacher at the teacher's place of residence.

(2) In giving a board any notice required by division (B), (C), (D), or (E) of this section, the teacher shall do either of the following:

(a) Deliver the notice by personal delivery to the office of the superintendent during regular business hours;

(b) Deliver the notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the office of the superintendent and deliver a copy of the notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the president of the board at the president's place of residence.

(3) When any notice and copy of the notice are mailed pursuant to division (H)(1)(b) or (2)(b) of this section, the notice or copy of the notice with the earlier date of receipt shall constitute the notice for the purposes of division (B), (C), (D), or (E) of this section.

(I) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any supplemental written contracts entered into pursuant to section 3319.08 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 3319.111.  (A) Any Not later than July 1, 2013, the board of education that of each school district, in consultation with teachers employed by the board, shall adopt a policy for the evaluation of teachers that complies with this section. The policy shall utilize the framework for evaluation of teachers adopted under division (C) of section 3319.112 of the Revised Code and shall specify the relative weight of each factor described in divisions (A)(1) to (3) of that section in the overall evaluation and how each of those factors will be assessed. The policy may require evaluations to include consideration of additional aspects of teacher performance designated by the board. The policy shall establish a teacher evaluation system that does the following:

(1) Is evidence-based and uses multiple measures of a teacher's use of knowledge and skills and of students' academic progress;

(2) Is aligned with the standards for teachers adopted under section 3319.61 of the Revised Code;

(3) Provides statements of expectation for professional performance and establishes specific criteria of expected job performance in the areas of responsibility assigned to the teacher;

(4) Requires observation of the teacher being evaluated by the person conducting the evaluation on at least two occasions for not less than thirty minutes on each occasion;

(5) Requires that each teacher be provided with a written report of the results of the teacher's evaluation that includes specific recommendations for any improvements needed in the teacher's performance, suggestions for professional development that will enhance future performance in areas that do not meet expected performance levels, and information on how to obtain assistance in making needed improvements.

(B)(1) The board shall conduct an evaluation of each teacher employed by the board at least once each school year, unless division (B)(2) of this section applies. The evaluation shall be completed by the first day of April and the teacher shall receive a written report of the results of the evaluation by the tenth day of April.

(2) If the board has entered into any a limited contract or extended limited contract with a the teacher pursuant to section 3319.11 of the Revised Code, the board shall evaluate such a the teacher in compliance with the requirements of this section at least twice in any school year in which the board may wish to declare its intention not to re-employ the teacher pursuant to division (B), (C)(3), (D), or (E) of that section 3319.11 of the Revised Code.

This evaluation shall be conducted at least twice in the school year in which the board may wish to declare its intention not to re-employ the teacher. One evaluation shall be conducted and completed not later than the fifteenth day of January and the teacher being evaluated shall receive a written report of the results of this evaluation not later than the twenty-fifth day of January. One evaluation shall be conducted and completed between the tenth day of February and the first day of April and the teacher being evaluated shall receive a written report of the results of this evaluation not later than the tenth day of April.

Any (C) Each evaluation conducted pursuant to this section shall be conducted by one or more of the following:

(1) A person who is under contract with a the board of education pursuant to section 3319.01 or 3319.02 of the Revised Code and holds a license designated for being a superintendent, assistant superintendent, or principal issued under section 3319.22 of the Revised Code;

(2) A person who is under contract with a the board of education pursuant to section 3319.02 of the Revised Code and holds a license designated for being a vocational director or a supervisor in any educational area issued under section 3319.22 of the Revised Code;

(3) A person designated to conduct evaluations under an agreement providing for peer review entered into by a the board of education and representatives of teachers employed by that the board.

(B) Any board of education evaluating a teacher pursuant to this section shall adopt evaluation procedures that shall be applied each time a teacher is evaluated pursuant to this section. These evaluation procedures shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) Criteria of expected job performance in the areas of responsibility assigned to the teacher being evaluated;

(2) Observation of the teacher being evaluated by the person conducting the evaluation on at least two occasions for not less than thirty minutes on each occasion;

(3) A written report of the results of the evaluation that includes specific recommendations regarding any improvements needed in the performance of the teacher being evaluated and regarding the means by which the teacher may obtain assistance in making such improvements.

(C)(D) The board shall use the evaluations conducted under this section to inform decisions about compensation, nonrenewal of employment contracts, termination, reductions in force, and professional development.

(E) The board, its members, and any person conducting an evaluation on behalf of the board in good faith and in accordance with this section shall be immune from any civil liability that otherwise might be incurred or imposed for injury, death, or loss to person or property as a result of conducting the evaluation.

(F) Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code, the requirements of this section prevail over any conflicting provisions of a collective bargaining agreement entered into on or after the effective date of this section.

(G) This section does not apply to teachers superintendents and administrators subject to evaluation procedures under sections 3319.01 and 3319.02 of the Revised Code or to any teacher employed as a substitute for less than one hundred twenty days during a school year pursuant to section 3319.10 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 3319.112.  (A) Not later than April 30, 2012, the superintendent of public instruction shall develop and submit to the state board of education recommendations for a framework for the evaluation of teachers. The framework shall require at least fifty per cent of each evaluation to be based on measures of student academic growth specified by the department of education. When applicable to a teacher, those measures shall include student performance on the assessments prescribed under sections 3301.0710 and 3301.0712 of the Revised Code and the value-added progress dimension prescribed by section 3302.021 of the Revised Code.

The framework shall require each evaluation to consider the following additional factors, but it shall not designate the weight of any factor or prescribe a specific method of assessing any factor:

(1) Quality of instructional practice, which may be determined by announced and unannounced classroom observations and examinations of samples of work, such as lesson plans or assessments designed by the teacher;

(2) Communication and professionalism, including how well the teacher interacts with students, parents, other school employees, and members of the community;

(3) Parent and student satisfaction, which may be measured by surveys, questionnaires, or other forms of soliciting feedback.

(B) Not later than April 30, 2012, the superintendent of public instruction shall develop and submit to the state board recommendations for a framework for the evaluation of principals. The framework shall require at least fifty per cent of each evaluation to be based on measures of student academic growth specified by the department. When applicable to the grade levels served by a principal's building, those measures shall include student performance on the assessments prescribed under sections 3301.0710 and 3301.0712 of the Revised Code and the value-added progress dimension prescribed by section 3302.021 of the Revised Code. The framework for the evaluation of principals shall be based on principles comparable to the framework for the evaluation of teachers developed under division (A) of this section, but shall be tailored to the duties and responsibilities of principals and the environment in which principals work.

(C) The state board shall review the recommendations submitted under divisions (A) and (B) of this section at the board's next regular meeting after the recommendations are submitted to the board. At that meeting, the state board shall vote either to adopt the recommended frameworks for evaluations or to request that the superintendent of public instruction reconsider the recommendations. The state board shall articulate reasons for requesting reconsideration of the recommendations, but shall not direct the content of the recommendations. The state superintendent shall reconsider the recommendations if the state board so requests, may revise the recommendations, and shall resubmit the recommendations, whether revised or not, to the board not later than two weeks prior to the board's next regular meeting after the meeting at which the board requested reconsideration of the recommendations. The state board shall review the recommendations as resubmitted at the board's next regular meeting after the meeting at which the board requested reconsideration of the recommendations and shall adopt the recommended frameworks for evaluations as resubmitted or, if the resubmitted frameworks have not addressed the board's concerns, the board shall modify the frameworks prior to adopting them. The state board shall adopt the recommended or modified frameworks not later than July 1, 2012.

(D) To assist school districts in developing evaluation policies under sections 3319.02 and 3319.111 of the Revised Code, the department shall do both of the following:

(1) Serve as a clearinghouse of promising evaluation procedures and evaluation models that districts may use;

(2) Provide technical assistance to districts in creating evaluation policies.

Sec. 3319.13.  Upon the written request of a teacher or a regular nonteaching school employee, a board of education may grant a leave of absence for a period of not more than two consecutive school years in accordance with the general leave policy the board adopts pursuant to section 3319.141 of the Revised Code for educational, professional, or other purposes, and shall grant such leave in accordance with the board's general leave policy where illness or other disability is the reason for the request. Upon subsequent request, such leave may be renewed by the board in accordance with the board's general leave policy. Without request, a board may grant similar leave of absence and renewals thereof in accordance with the board's general leave policy to any teacher or regular nonteaching school employee because of physical or mental disability, but such teacher may have a hearing on such unrequested leave of absence or its renewals in accordance with section 3319.16 of the Revised Code, and such nonteaching school employee may have a hearing on such unrequested leave of absence or its renewals in accordance with division (C) of section 3319.081 of the Revised Code. Upon the return to service of a teacher or a nonteaching school employee at the expiration of a leave of absence, the teacher or nonteaching school employee shall resume the contract status that the teacher or nonteaching school employee held prior to the leave of absence. Any teacher who leaves a teaching position for service in the uniformed services and who returns from service in the uniformed services that is terminated in a manner other than as described in section 4304 of Title 38 of the United States Code, "Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994," 108 Stat. 3149, 38 U.S.C.A. 4304, shall resume the contract status held prior to entering the uniformed services, subject to passing a physical examination by an individual authorized by the Revised Code to conduct physical examinations, including a physician assistant, a clinical nurse specialist, a certified nurse practitioner, or a certified nurse-midwife. Any written documentation of the physical examination shall be completed by the individual who conducted the examination. Such contract status shall be resumed at the first of the school semester or the beginning of the school year following return from the uniformed services. For purposes of this section and section 3319.14 of the Revised Code, "uniformed services" and "service in the uniformed services" have the same meanings as defined in section 5923.05 of the Revised Code.

Upon the return of a nonteaching school employee from a leave of absence, the board may terminate the employment of a person hired exclusively for the purpose of replacing the returning employee while the returning employee was on leave. If, after the return of a nonteaching employee from leave, the person employed exclusively for the purpose of replacing an employee while the employee was on leave is continued in employment as a regular nonteaching school employee or if the person is hired by the board as a regular nonteaching school employee within a year after employment as a replacement is terminated, the person shall, for purposes of section 3319.081 of the Revised Code, receive credit for the person's length of service with the school district during such replacement period in the following manner:

(A) If employed as a replacement for less than twelve months, the person shall be employed under a contract valid for a period equal to twelve months less the number of months employed as a replacement. At the end of such contract period, if the person is reemployed it shall be under a two-year contract. Subsequent reemployment shall be pursuant to division (B) of section 3319.081 of the Revised Code.

(B) If employed as a replacement for twelve months or more but less than twenty-four months, the person shall be employed under a contract valid for a period equal to twenty-four months less the number of months employed as a replacement. Subsequent reemployment shall be pursuant to division (B) of section 3319.081 of the Revised Code.

(C) If employed as a replacement for more than twenty-four months, the person shall be employed pursuant to division (B) of section 3319.081 of the Revised Code.

For purposes of this section, employment during any part of a month shall count as employment during the entire month.

Sec. 3319.14.  Any teacher who has left, or leaves, a teaching position, by resignation or otherwise, and within forty school days thereafter entered, or enters, the uniformed services and whose service is terminated in a manner other than as described in section 4304 of Title 38 of the United States Code, "Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994," 108 Stat. 3149, 38 U.S.C.A. 4304, shall be reemployed by the board of education of the district in which the teacher held such teaching position, under the same type of contract as that which the teacher last held in such district, if the teacher applies to the board of education for reemployment in accordance with the "Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994," 108 Stat. 3149, 38 U.S.C.A. 4312. Upon such application, the teacher shall be reemployed at the first of the next school semester, if the application is made not less than thirty days prior to the first of the next school semester, in which case the teacher shall be reemployed the first of the following school semester, unless the board of education waives the requirement for the thirty-day period.

For the purposes purpose of seniority and placement on the salary schedule, years of absence performing service in the uniformed services shall be counted as though teaching service had been performed during such time.

The board of education of the district in which such teacher was employed and is reemployed under this section may suspend the contract of the teacher whose services become unnecessary by reason of the return of a teacher from service in the uniformed services in accordance with section 3319.17 or 3319.171 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 3319.141.  Each person who is employed by any (A) The board of education in this state of each city, exempted village, local, and joint vocational school district and the governing board of each educational service center shall be entitled to fifteen days sick adopt a policy to provide leave with pay, for each year under contract, which shall be credited at the rate of one and one-fourth days per month the employees of the board who are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement. Teachers and nonteaching school employees, upon approval of the responsible administrative officer of the school district, may use sick leave for absence due to personal illness, pregnancy, injury, exposure to contagious disease which could be communicated to others, and for absence due to illness, injury, or death in the employee's immediate family. Unused sick leave shall be cumulative up to one hundred twenty work days, unless more than one hundred twenty days are approved by the employing board of education. The board shall include all of the following in the policy:

(1) The types of leave an employee may use;

(2) The reasons for which an employee may use the types of leave the board grants under the policy;

(3) The amount of each type of leave an employee may receive;

(4) The manner in which an employee accumulates each type of leave;

(5) The maximum amount of each type of leave that an employee may accumulate;

(6) The manner in which any previously accumulated sick leave of a person who has been separated from public service, whether accumulated pursuant to section 124.38 of the Revised Code or pursuant to this section, shall will be placed to his the employee's credit upon his re-employment in the public service, provided that such re-employment takes place within ten years of the date of the last termination from public service. A;

(7) The manner in which a teacher or nonteaching school employee who transfers from one public agency to another shall will be credited with the unused balance of his the teacher's or nonteaching employee's accumulated sick leave up to the maximum of the sick leave accumulation permitted in the public agency to which the employee transfers. Teachers;

(8) Whether, and the manner in which, teachers and nonteaching school employees who render part-time, seasonal, intermittent, per diem, or hourly service shall will be entitled to sick leave for the time actually worked at the same rate as that granted like full-time employees. Each;

(9) The manner in which the board provides leave under section 3319.08 of the Revised Code;

(10) Any other issue relating to the use and availability of leave.

(B) Each board of education may establish regulations for the entitlement, crediting and use of sick leave by those substitute teachers employed by such board pursuant to section 3319.10 of the Revised Code who are not otherwise entitled to sick leave pursuant to such section. A

(C) An employee of the board may use leave in accordance with the leave policy the board adopts and upon approval of the responsible administrative officer.

(D) A board of education shall, in its policy, may require a teacher or nonteaching school employee to furnish a written, signed statement on forms prescribed by such board to justify the use of any sick leave granted under the policy. If medical attention is required, the employee's statement shall list the name and address of the attending physician and the dates when he was consulted. Nothing in this section shall be construed to waive the physician-patient privilege provided by section 2317.02 of the Revised Code. Falsification If the board, in the policy, requires the employee to submit a statement from a physician, falsification of a statement is grounds for suspension or termination of employment under sections 3319.081 and 3319.16 of the Revised Code. No

(E) The board, in the policy the board adopts, shall not grant or credit sick leave shall be granted or credited in excess of ten days per calendar year or to a teacher after his the teacher's retirement or termination of employment.

Except to the extent used as sick leave, leave granted under regulations adopted by a board of education pursuant to section 3319.08 of the Revised Code shall not be charged against sick leave earned or earnable under this section. Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect in any other way the granting of leave pursuant to section 3319.08 of the Revised Code and any granting of sick leave pursuant to such section shall be charged against sick leave accumulated pursuant to this section.

(F) This section shall not be construed to interfere with any unused sick leave credit in any agency of government where attendance records are maintained and credit has been given for unused sick leave. Unused sick leave accumulated by teachers and nonteaching school employees under section 124.38 of the Revised Code, as that section existed immediately prior to the effective date of this amendment, shall continue to be credited toward the maximum accumulation permitted under a policy adopted in accordance with this section. Each newly hired regular nonteaching and each regular nonteaching employee of any board of education who has exhausted his accumulated sick leave shall be entitled to an advancement of not less than five days of sick leave each year, as authorized by rules which each board shall adopt, to be charged against the sick leave he subsequently accumulates under this section.

(G) This section shall be uniformly administered.

The board shall post the policy adopted under this section in a conspicuous location on the web site maintained by the board. The board shall review the policy on an annual basis and shall post any changes to that policy in a conspicuous location on the web site maintained by the board.

Nothing in this section shall be construed as preventing a board and an exclusive representative, as defined in section 4117.01 of the Revised Code, from agreeing to apply the policy adopted by the board under this section to employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the board and the exclusive representative.

Sec. 3319.17.  (A) As used in this section, "interdistrict contract" means any contract or agreement entered into by an educational service center governing board and another board or other public entity pursuant to section 3313.17, 3313.841, 3313.842, 3313.843, 3313.844, 3313.845, 3313.91, or 3323.08 of the Revised Code, including any such contract or agreement for the provision of services funded under division (I) of section 3317.024 of the Revised Code or provided in any unit approved under section 3317.05 of the Revised Code.

(B) When, for any of the following reasons that apply to any city, exempted village, local, or joint vocational school district or any educational service center, the board decides that it will be necessary to reduce the number of teachers it employs, it may make a reasonable reduction:

(1) In the case of any district or service center, return to duty of regular teachers after leaves of absence including leaves provided pursuant to division (B) of section 3314.10 of the Revised Code, suspension of schools, territorial changes affecting the district or center, or financial reasons;

(2) In the case of any city, exempted village, local, or joint vocational school district, decreased enrollment of pupils in the district;

(3) In the case of any governing board of a service center providing any particular service directly to pupils pursuant to one or more interdistrict contracts requiring such service, reduction in the total number of pupils the governing board is required to provide with the service under all interdistrict contracts as a result of the termination or nonrenewal of one or more of these interdistrict contracts;

(4) In the case of any governing board providing any particular service that it does not provide directly to pupils pursuant to one or more interdistrict contracts requiring such service, reduction in the total level of the service the governing board is required to provide under all interdistrict contracts as a result of the termination or nonrenewal of one or more of these interdistrict contracts.

(C) In making any such reduction, any city, exempted village, local, or joint vocational school board shall proceed to suspend contracts in accordance with the recommendation of the superintendent of schools who shall, within each teaching field affected, give preference first to teachers on continuing contracts and then to teachers who have greater seniority. In making any such reduction, any governing board of a service center shall proceed to suspend contracts in accordance with the recommendation of the superintendent who shall, within each teaching field or service area affected, give preference first to teachers on continuing contracts and then to teachers who have greater seniority. Subject first to the preference for teachers with continuing contracts prescribed in this paragraph, the board shall consider the relative quality of performance the principal factor in determining the order of reductions under this section. A board shall measure a teacher's quality of performance by considering all of the following:

(1) The level of license issued under section 3319.22 of the Revised Code that the teacher holds;

(2) Whether the teacher is a "highly qualified teacher" as defined in section 3319.074 of the Revised Code;

(3) The value-added measure the board uses to determine the performance of the students assigned to the teacher's classroom;

(4) The results of the teacher's performance evaluation conducted under section 3319.111 of the Revised Code or any peer review program created by an agreement entered into by a board of education and representatives of teachers employed by that board;

(5) Any other criteria established by the board.

On a case-by-case basis, in lieu of suspending a contract in whole, a board may suspend a contract in part, so that an individual is required to work a percentage of the time the employee otherwise is required to work under the contract and receives a commensurate percentage of the full compensation the employee otherwise would receive under the contract.

The teachers whose continuing contracts are suspended by any board pursuant to this section shall have the right of restoration to continuing service status by that board in the order of seniority of service in the district or service center if and when teaching positions become vacant or are created for which any of such teachers are or become qualified. No teacher whose continuing contract has been suspended pursuant to this section shall lose that right of restoration to continuing service status by reason of having declined recall to a position that is less than full-time or, if the teacher was not employed full-time just prior to suspension of the teacher's continuing contract, to a position requiring a lesser percentage of full-time employment than the position the teacher last held while employed in the district or service center.

(D) Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code, the requirements of this section, as it existed prior to the effective date of this amendment, prevail over any conflicting provisions of agreements between employee organizations and public employers entered into after between September 29, 2005, and that effective date.

Sec. 3319.172. The board of education of each school district wherein the provisions of Chapter 124. of the Revised Code do not apply and the governing board of each educational service center may adopt a resolution ordering reasonable reductions in the number of nonteaching employees for any of the reasons for which the board of education or governing board may make reductions in teaching employees, as set forth in division (B) of section 3319.17 of the Revised Code.

In making any reduction under this section, the board of education or governing board shall proceed to suspend contracts in accordance with the recommendation of the superintendent of the district or service center who shall, within each pay classification affected, give preference first to employees under continuing contracts and then to employees on the basis of seniority. On Subject first to the preference for employees with continuing contracts prescribed in this paragraph, the board shall consider the relative quality of performance, as measured by the board, the principal factor in determining the order of reductions under this section.

On a case-by-case basis, in lieu of suspending a contract in whole, a board may suspend a contract in part, so that an individual is required to work a percentage of the time the employee otherwise is required to work under the contract and receives a commensurate percentage of the full compensation the employee otherwise would receive under the contract.

Any nonteaching employee whose continuing contract is suspended under this section shall have the right of restoration to continuing service status by the board of education or governing board that suspended that contract in order of seniority of service in the district or service center, if and when a nonteaching position for which the employee is qualified becomes vacant or is created. No nonteaching employee whose continuing contract has been suspended under this section shall lose that right of restoration to continuing service status by reason of having declined recall to a position requiring fewer regularly scheduled hours of work than required by the position the employee last held while employed in the district or service center.

Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code, the requirements of this section, as it existed prior to the effective date of this amendment, prevail over any conflicting provisions of agreements between employee organizations and public employers entered into after the effective date of this section between September 29, 2005, and that effective date.

Sec. 3319.18.  If an entire school district or that part of a school district which comprises the territory in which a school is situated is transferred to any other district, or if a new school district is created, the teachers in such districts or schools employed on continuing contracts immediately prior to such transfer, or creation shall, subject to section 3319.17 or 3319.171 of the Revised Code, have continuing service status in the newly created district, or in the district to which the territory is transferred.

The limited contracts of the teachers employed in such districts or schools immediately prior to such transfer, or creation, shall become the legal obligations of the board of education in the newly created district, or in the district to which the territory is transferred, subject to section 3319.17 or 3319.171 of the Revised Code. The teaching experience of such teachers in such prior districts or schools shall be included in the three years of service required under section 3319.11 of the Revised Code for a teacher to become eligible for continuing service status.

Teachers A teacher employed on limited or continuing contracts in an entire school district or that part of a school district which that comprises the territory in which a school is situated which that is transferred to any other district or which that is merged with other school territory to create a new school district, shall be placed paid, on the effective date of such transfer or merger, on the a salary schedule of the district to which the territory is transferred or the newly created district, according to their training and experience. Such experience shall be the total sum of the years taught in the district whose territory was transferred or merged to create a new district, plus the total number of years of teaching experience recognized by such previous district upon its first employment of such teachers based upon performance as described in section 3317.13 of the Revised Code.

The placement of the teachers on the salary schedule, paid to a teacher pursuant to this section, shall not result, however, in the salary of any that teacher being less than the teacher's current annual salary for regular duties, in existence immediately prior to the merger or transfer.

In making any reduction in the number of teachers under section 3319.17 of the Revised Code by reason of the transfer or consolidation of school territory, the years of teaching service of the teachers employed in the district or schools transferred to any other district or merged with any school territory to create a new district, shall be included as a part of the seniority on which the recommendation of the superintendent of schools shall be based, under section 3319.17 of the Revised Code. Such service shall have been continuous and shall include years of service in the previous district as well as the years of continuous service in any district which had been previously transferred to or consolidated to form such district. When suspending contracts in accordance with an administrative personnel suspension policy adopted under section 3319.171 of the Revised Code, a board may consider years of teaching service in its decision if it is a part of the suspension policy, but it shall not be the only factor used in making the decision.

Sec. 3319.61. (A) The educator standards board, in consultation with the chancellor of the Ohio board of regents, shall do all of the following:

(1) Develop state standards for teachers and principals that reflect what teachers and principals are expected to know and be able to do at all stages of their careers. These standards shall be aligned with the statewide academic content standards for students adopted pursuant to section 3301.079 of the Revised Code, be primarily based on educator performance instead of years of experience or certain courses completed, and rely on evidence-based factors. These standards shall also be aligned with the operating standards adopted under division (D)(3) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code.

(a) The standards for teachers shall reflect the following additional criteria:

(i) Alignment with the interstate new teacher assessment and support consortium standards;

(ii) Differentiation among novice, experienced, and advanced teachers;

(iii) Reliance on competencies that can be measured;

(iv) Reliance on content knowledge, teaching skills, discipline-specific teaching methods, and requirements for professional development;

(v) Alignment with a career-long system of professional development and evaluation that ensures teachers receive the support and training needed to achieve the teaching standards as well as reliable feedback about how well they meet the standards;

(vi) The standards under section 3301.079 of the Revised Code, including standards on collaborative learning environments and interdisciplinary, project-based, real-world learning and differentiated instruction;

(vii) The Ohio leadership framework.

(b) The standards for principals shall be aligned with the interstate school leaders licensing consortium standards.

(2) Develop standards for school district superintendents that reflect what superintendents are expected to know and be able to do at all stages of their careers. The standards shall reflect knowledge of systems theory and effective management principles and be aligned with the buckeye association of school administrators standards and the operating standards developed under division (D)(3) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code.

(3) Develop standards for school district treasurers and business managers that reflect what treasurers and business managers are expected to know and be able to do at all stages of their careers. The standards shall reflect knowledge of systems theory and effective management principles and be aligned with the association of school business officials international standards and the operating standards developed under division (D)(3) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code.

(4) Develop standards for the renewal of licenses under sections 3301.074 and 3319.22 of the Revised Code;

(5) Develop standards for educator professional development;

(6) Investigate and make recommendations for the creation, expansion, and implementation of school building and school district leadership academies.

The superintendent of public instruction, the chancellor of the Ohio board of regents, or the education standards board itself may request that the educator standards board update, review, or reconsider any standards developed under this section.

(B) The educator standards board shall incorporate indicators of cultural competency into the standards developed under division (A) of this section. For this purpose, the educator standards board shall develop a definition of cultural competency based upon content and experiences that enable educators to know, understand, and appreciate the students, families, and communities that they serve and skills for addressing cultural diversity in ways that respond equitably and appropriately to the cultural needs of individual students.

(C) In developing the standards under division (A) of this section, the educator standards board shall consider the impact of the standards on closing the achievement gap between students of different subgroups.

(D) In developing the standards under division (A) of this section, the educator standards board shall ensure both of the following:

(1) That teachers have sufficient knowledge to provide appropriate instruction for students identified as gifted pursuant to Chapter 3324. of the Revised Code and to assist in the identification of such students, and have sufficient knowledge that will enable teachers to provide learning opportunities for all children to succeed;

(2) That principals, superintendents, school treasurers, and school business managers have sufficient knowledge to provide principled, collaborative, foresighted, and data-based leadership that will provide learning opportunities for all children to succeed.

(E) The standards for educator professional development developed under division (A)(5) of this section shall include the following:

(1) Standards for the inclusion of local professional development committees established under section 3319.22 of the Revised Code in the planning and design of professional development;

(2) Standards that address the crucial link between academic achievement and mental health issues.

(F) The educator standards board shall also perform the following functions:

(1) Monitor compliance with the standards developed under division (A) of this section and make recommendations to the state board of education for appropriate corrective action if such standards are not met;

(2) Research, develop, and recommend policies on the professions of teaching and school administration;

(3) Recommend policies to close the achievement gap between students of different subgroups;

(4) Define a "master teacher" in a manner that can be used uniformly by all school districts;

(5) Adopt criteria that a candidate for a lead professional educator license under section 3319.22 of the Revised Code who does not hold a valid certificate issued by the national board for professional teaching standards must meet to be considered a lead teacher for purposes of division (B)(4)(d) of that section. It is the intent of the general assembly that the educator standards board shall adopt multiple, equal-weighted criteria to use in determining whether a person is a lead teacher. The criteria shall be in addition to the other standards and qualifications prescribed in division (B)(4) of section 3319.22 of the Revised Code. The criteria may include, but shall not be limited to, completion of educational levels beyond a master's degree or other professional development courses or demonstration of a leadership role in the teacher's school building or district. The board shall determine the number of criteria that a teacher shall satisfy to be recognized as a lead teacher, which shall not be the total number of criteria adopted by the board.

(6) Develop model teacher and principal evaluation instruments and processes. The models shall be based on the standards developed under division (A) of this section.

(7) Develop a method of measuring the academic improvement made by individual students during a one-year period and make recommendations for incorporating the measurement as one of multiple evaluation criteria into each of the following:

(a) Eligibility for a professional educator license, senior professional educator license, lead professional educator license, or principal license issued under section 3319.22 of the Revised Code;

(b) The Ohio teacher residency program established under section 3319.223 of the Revised Code;

(c) The model teacher and principal evaluation instruments and processes developed under division (F)(6) of this section and the frameworks for the evaluation of teachers and principals adopted by the state board of education under section 3319.112 of the Revised Code.

(G) The educator standards board shall submit recommendations of standards developed under division (A) of this section to the state board of education not later than September 1, 2010. The state board of education shall review those recommendations at the state board's regular meeting that next succeeds the date that the recommendations are submitted to the state board. At that meeting, the state board of education shall vote to either adopt standards based on those recommendations or request that the educator standards board reconsider its recommendations. The state board of education shall articulate reasons for requesting reconsideration of the recommendations but shall not direct the content of the recommendations. The educator standards board shall reconsider its recommendations if the state board of education so requests, may revise the recommendations, and shall resubmit the recommendations, whether revised or not, to the state board not later than two weeks prior to the state board's regular meeting that next succeeds the meeting at which the state board requested reconsideration of the initial recommendations. The state board of education shall review the recommendations as resubmitted by the educator standards board at the state board's regular meeting that next succeeds the meeting at which the state board requested reconsideration of the initial recommendations and may adopt the standards as resubmitted or, if the resubmitted standards have not addressed the state board's concerns, the state board may modify the standards prior to adopting them. The final responsibility to determine whether to adopt standards as described in division (A) of this section and the content of those standards, if adopted, belongs solely to the state board of education.

Sec. 3319.63. The board of education of a school district that employs any person who is appointed to serve as a member of the educator standards board under division (A)(1)(a) or (c) of section 3319.60, as a member of the subcommittee on standards for superintendents under division (B) or (C) of section 3319.611, or as a member of the subcommittee on standards for school treasurers and business managers under division (B) or (C) of section 3319.612 of the Revised Code shall grant that person paid professional leave for the purpose of attending meetings and conducting official business of the educator standards board and the subcommittees in accordance with the general leave policy the board adopts pursuant to section 3319.141 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 3326.18. (A) Except as provided under division (B) of this section, employees of a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics school may organize and collectively bargain pursuant to Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code. Notwithstanding division (D)(C)(1) of section 4117.06 of the Revised Code, a unit containing teaching and nonteaching employees employed under this section shall be considered an appropriate unit.

(B) If a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics school is created by converting all or part of an existing school operated by a school district or an existing conversion community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code, at the time of conversion, the employees assigned to the STEM school shall remain part of any collective bargaining unit in which they were included immediately prior to the conversion and shall remain subject to any collective bargaining agreement for that unit in effect on the first day of July of the year in which the STEM school initially begins operation and shall be subject to any subsequent collective bargaining agreement for that unit, unless a petition is certified as sufficient under division (E) of this section with regard to those employees. Any new employees assigned to the STEM school also shall be included in the unit to which they would have been assigned had the conversion not taken place and shall be subject to the collective bargaining agreement for that unit unless a petition is certified as sufficient under division (E) of this section with regard to those employees.

Notwithstanding division (B) of section 4117.01 of the Revised Code, the board of education of the school district that operated or sponsored the STEM school prior to conversion and not the STEM school shall be regarded, for purposes of Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code, as the "public employer" of the employees assigned to a conversion STEM school subject to a collective bargaining agreement pursuant to this division unless a petition is certified under division (E) of this section with regard to those employees. Only on and after the effective date of a petition certified as sufficient under division (E) of this section shall division (A) of this section apply to those employees and only on and after the effective date of that petition shall Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code apply to the school with regard to those employees.

(C) Notwithstanding sections 4117.03 to 4117.18 of the Revised Code and Section 4 of Amended Substitute Senate Bill No. 133 of the 115th general assembly, the employees assigned to a conversion STEM school who are subject to a collective bargaining agreement pursuant to division (B) of this section shall cease to be subject to that agreement and all subsequent agreements pursuant to that division and shall cease to be part of the collective bargaining unit that is subject to that and all subsequent agreements, if a majority of the employees assigned to the STEM school who are subject to that collective bargaining agreement sign and submit to the state employment relations board a petition requesting all of the following:

(1) That all the employees assigned to the STEM school who are subject to that agreement be removed from the bargaining unit that is subject to that agreement and be designated by the state employment relations board as a new and separate bargaining unit for purposes of Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code;

(2) That the employee organization certified as the exclusive representative of the employees of the bargaining unit from which the employees are to be removed be certified as the exclusive representative of the new and separate bargaining unit for purposes of Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code;

(3) That the STEM school be regarded as the "public employer" of those employees for purposes of Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code.

(D) Notwithstanding sections 4117.03 to 4117.18 of the Revised Code and Section 4 of Amended Substitute Senate Bill No. 133 of the 115th general assembly, the employees assigned to a conversion STEM school who are subject to a collective bargaining agreement pursuant to division (B) of this section shall cease to be subject to that agreement and all subsequent agreements pursuant to that division, shall cease to be part of the collective bargaining unit that is subject to that and all subsequent agreements, and shall cease to be represented by any exclusive representative of that collective bargaining unit, if a majority of the employees assigned to the STEM school who are subject to that collective bargaining agreement sign and submit to the state employment relations board a petition requesting all of the following:

(1) That all the employees assigned to the STEM school who are subject to that agreement be removed from the bargaining unit that is subject to that agreement;

(2) That any employee organization certified as the exclusive representative of the employees of that bargaining unit be decertified as the exclusive representative of the employees assigned to the STEM school who are subject to that agreement;

(3) That the STEM school be regarded as the "public employer" of those employees for purposes of Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code.

(E) Upon receipt of a petition under division (C) or (D) of this section, the state employment relations board shall check the sufficiency of the signatures on the petition. If the signatures are found sufficient, the board shall certify the sufficiency of the petition and so notify the parties involved, including the board of education of the school district that operated or sponsored the STEM school prior to conversion, the STEM school, and any exclusive representative of the bargaining unit. The changes requested in a certified petition shall take effect on the first day of the month immediately following the date on which the sufficiency of the petition is certified under this division.

Sec. 3332.03.  There is hereby created the state board of career colleges and schools to consist of the state superintendent of public instruction or an assistant superintendent designated by the superintendent, the chancellor of the Ohio board of regents or a vice chancellor designated by the chancellor, and six members appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate. Members' terms of office shall be for five years, commencing on the twenty-first day of November and ending on the twentieth day of November. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed.

Three of the members appointed by the governor shall have been engaged for a period of not less than five years immediately preceding appointment in an executive or managerial position in a private, trade, technical, or other school subject to this chapter. One member appointed by the governor shall be a representative of students and shall have graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree, within five years prior to appointment, from a school subject to this chapter. Two members appointed by the governor shall be representatives of the general public and shall have had no affiliation with, or direct or indirect interest in, schools subject to this chapter for at least two years prior to appointment. In selecting the representatives of the general public, the governor shall make an effort to find individuals with background or experience in the regulation of commerce, business, or education. The two members of the board who are representatives of the general public shall not be affiliated in any way with or have any direct or indirect interest in any schools subject to this chapter during their terms. Except for enrollment in a school subject to this chapter, the member representing students shall have had no affiliation in any way with, or have any direct or indirect interest in any school subject to this chapter for at least two years prior to appointment or during the member's term.

Any vacancy shall be filled in the manner provided for original appointment. 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 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.

Members of the board have full voting rights, except for the member representing students who shall be a nonvoting member. Each member of the board appointed by the governor shall be compensated at the rate established pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code, but shall not receive step advancements, for those days the member is engaged in the discharge of official duties. In addition, members appointed by the governor may be compensated for the expenses necessarily incurred in the attendance at meetings or in performing other services for the board. The chairperson of the board shall annually be elected or determined as follows:

(A) If both members of the board representing the general public have served on the board for at least one year, the members shall elect one of these two members as chairperson. If one of these members declines to be elected or serve, the other member representing the general public shall be chairperson. If both members representing the general public decline to be elected or serve, division (C) of this section shall apply.

(B) If only one member of the board representing the general public has served on the board for at least one year, this member shall be chairperson. If this member declines to serve, division (C) of this section shall apply.

(C) If neither member of the board representing the general public has served on the board for at least one year or if this division applies pursuant to division (A) or (B) of this section, the members of the board shall elect a chairperson from among any of the voting members of the board who have served on the board for at least one year.

Sec. 3701.33.  The public health council shall consist of the following seven members to be appointed by the governor:

(A) Three physicians who are licensed to practice medicine in the state;

(B) A pharmacist who is licensed to practice pharmacy in the state;

(C) A registered nurse who is licensed to practice nursing as a registered nurse in the state;

(D) A sanitarian who holds a valid certificate of registration as a sanitarian issued under section 4736.11 of the Revised Code;

(E) A member of the public who is not associated with or financially interested in the practice of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, or environmental health and is at least sixty years of age.

Terms of office shall be for seven years, commencing on the first day of July and ending on the thirtieth day of June. 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 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.

The council shall meet four times each year and may meet at such other times as the business of the council requires. The time and place for holding regular meetings shall be fixed in the bylaws of the council. Special meetings may be called upon the request of any four members of the council or upon request of the director of health, and may be held at any place considered advisable by the council or director. Four members of the council constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The council, on or before the first day of July of each year, shall designate the member who shall act as its chairperson for the ensuing year. The director, upon request of the council, shall detail an officer or employee of the department of health to act as secretary of the council, and shall detail such other employees as the council requires.

The members of the council shall be paid the rate established pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code while in conference and shall be reimbursed their necessary and reasonable traveling and other expenses incurred in the performance of their regular duties.

Sec. 3737.81.  (A) There is hereby created the state fire commission consisting of ten members to be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. The state fire marshal or chief deputy fire marshal, a representative designated by the department of public safety who has tenure in fire suppression, and a representative designated by the board of building standards shall be ex officio members. Of the initial appointments made to the commission, two shall be for a term ending one year after November 1, 1978, two shall be for a term ending two years after that date, two shall be for a term ending three years after that date, two shall be for a term ending four years after that date, and two shall be for a term ending five years after that date. Thereafter, terms of office shall be for five years, each term ending on the same day of the same month of the year as did the term which 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 that term. Any member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until a successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. Members shall be qualified by experience and training to deal with the matters that are the responsibility of the commission. Two members shall be members of paid fire services, one shall be a member of volunteer fire services, two shall be mayors, managers, or members of legislative authorities of municipal corporations, one shall represent commerce and industry, one shall be a representative of a fire insurance company domiciled in this state, one shall represent the flammable liquids industry, one shall represent the construction industry, and one shall represent the public. At no time shall more than six members be members of or associated with the same political party. Membership on the commission shall not constitute holding a public office, and no person shall forfeit or otherwise vacate the person's office or position of employment because of membership on the commission.

(B) The ex officio members may not vote, except that the state fire marshal or chief deputy fire marshal may vote in case of a tie.

(C) Each member of the commission, other than ex officio members, shall be paid an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code, and the member's actual and necessary expenses.

(D) The commission shall select a chairperson and a vice-chairperson from among its members. No business may be transacted in the absence of a quorum. A quorum shall be at least six members, excluding ex officio members, and shall include either the chairperson or vice-chairperson. The commission shall hold regular meetings at least once every two months and may meet at any other time at the call of the chairperson.

(E) The state fire marshal shall provide the commission with office space, meeting rooms, staff, and clerical assistance necessary for the commission to perform its duties. If the commission maintains the Ohio fire service hall of fame under division (C) of section 3737.03 of the Revised Code, the state fire marshal shall preserve, in an appropriate manner, in the office space or meeting rooms provided to the commission under this division or in another location, copies of all official commendations awarded to individuals recognized and commemorated for their exemplary accomplishments and acts of heroism at fire-related incidents or similar events that occurred in this state.

(F) If the commission maintains the Ohio fire service hall of fame under division (C) of section 3737.03 of the Revised Code, the expenses incurred for the recognition and commemoration of individuals for their exemplary accomplishments and acts of heroism at fire-related incidents or similar events that occurred in this state, including, but not limited to, expenses for official commendations and an annual awards ceremony as described in division (B) of section 3737.03 of the Revised Code, may be paid from moneys appropriated by the general assembly for purposes of that recognition and commemoration, from moneys that are available to the state fire marshal under this chapter, or from other funding sources available to the commission.

Sec. 3737.90.  (A) There is hereby created the petroleum underground storage tank release compensation board consisting of the treasurer of state and the directors of commerce and environmental protection as members ex officio, or their designees, and nine members to be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. No more than five of the appointed members shall be affiliated with the same political party. Of the appointed members, one shall represent the interests of petroleum refiners, one shall represent the interests of petroleum marketers, one shall represent the interests of retail petroleum dealers, one shall represent the interests of local governments, one shall have experience in casualty and fire or pollution liability insurance, two shall represent the interests of businesses that own petroleum underground storage tanks and are not primarily engaged in the sale of petroleum, and two shall be professional engineers registered under Chapter 4733. of the Revised Code with experience in geology or environmental engineering who shall represent the interests of the public and shall not be associated with the petroleum industry.

Of the initial appointments to the board, three shall be for a term ending July 11, 1990, three shall be for a term ending July 11, 1991, and three shall be for a term ending July 11, 1992. Thereafter, terms of office shall be for three years, with each term ending on the same day of the same month as did the term that it succeeds. Each member shall hold office from the date of his the member's appointment until the end of the term for which he 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 his the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office as a member for the remainder of that term. A member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of his the member's term until his the member's successor takes office or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. Appointed members of the board shall be compensated on a per diem basis in accordance with division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day of actual attendance at meetings of the board. Members shall receive their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as members of the board.

The petroleum underground storage tank release compensation board is a body both corporate and politic in this state, and the carrying out of its purposes and the exercise by it of the powers conferred by sections 3737.90 to 3737.98 of the Revised Code shall be held to be, and are hereby determined to be, essential governmental functions and public purposes of the state.

Each appointed member of the board shall give a surety bond to the state in the penal sum of not less than twenty-five thousand dollars as determined by the board. The chairman chairperson of the board shall give a bond in the penal sum of not less than fifty thousand dollars as determined by the board. Each surety bond shall be conditioned upon the faithful performance of the duties of the office, be executed by a surety company authorized to transact business in this state, be approved by the governor, and be filed in the office of the secretary of state. The surety bonds shall be given at such time as is established by the board, provided that they shall be given prior to the issuance of any revenue bonds by the board under sections 3737.90 to 3737.948 of the Revised Code.

The board shall meet at least quarterly and shall hold such additional meetings as are necessary to implement and administer sections 3737.90 to 3737.98 of the Revised Code. Additional meetings may be called in accordance with rules adopted under this section. The board shall annually select from among its members a chairman chairperson and a vice-chairman vice-chairperson.

A majority of the members of the board constitutes a quorum for the transaction of any business of the board.

(B) The board may:

(1) In accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, adopt, amend, and rescind rules establishing procedures for calling special meetings of the board;

(2) In accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, adopt, amend, and rescind such other rules as are necessary or appropriate to implement and administer sections 3737.90 to 3737.98 of the Revised Code, including, without limitation, rules for the administration of the petroleum underground storage tank linked deposit program established under sections 3737.95 to 3737.98 of the Revised Code; rules establishing priorities for the payment of claims under section 3737.92 of the Revised Code on the petroleum underground storage tank financial assurance fund created in section 3737.91 of the Revised Code based upon a consideration of the date that a claim is originally filed and the threat posed to human health and the environment by the release to which the claim applies; and rules providing for the payment of any such claims in installments, when appropriate. The rules adopted under division (B)(2) of this section shall be consistent with section 9003 of the "Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976," 98 Stat. 3279, 42 U.S.C.A. 6991b, as amended, and regulations adopted under it.

(3) Employ and fix the compensation of the director of the petroleum underground storage tank financial assurance fund and such other personnel as are necessary to implement and administer sections 3737.90 to 3737.98 of the Revised Code and rules adopted under them. The board may designate positions in the unclassified civil service for which it may employ persons who shall be eligible for membership in the public employees retirement system under Chapter 145. of the Revised Code and who shall not be subject to Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code.

(4) Enter into contracts or agreements for the purposes of sections 3737.90 to 3737.98 of the Revised Code, including, without limitation, a contract for administration of the petroleum underground storage tank financial assurance fund by an agent;

(5) Sue or be sued in its own name in actions arising out of any act or omission in connection with its business or affairs under sections 3737.90 to 3737.98 of the Revised Code;

(6) Issue revenue bonds payable solely from revenues as provided in sections 3737.94 to 3737.948 of the Revised Code for the purpose of funding the petroleum underground storage tank financial assurance fund to preserve jobs and employment opportunities in the state and to control water pollution and ensure the viability of ground water in the state by reimbursements to responsible persons for improving property damaged by releases of petroleum;

(7) Establish by rule the maximum percentage of the petroleum underground storage tank financial assurance fund that may be used to make petroleum underground storage tank linked deposits under sections 3737.95 to 3737.98 of the Revised Code.

(C) Section 9.86 of the Revised Code applies to the petroleum underground storage tank release compensation board and to any officer or employee of the board, as "officer" and "employee" are defined in section 109.36 of the Revised Code.

(D) The board, in the conduct of its functions and duties, is not subject to the regulation of the superintendent of insurance under Title XXXIX of the Revised Code nor any rules of the department of insurance adopted thereunder.

Sec. 3770.02.  (A) Subject to the advice and consent of the senate, the governor shall appoint a director of the state lottery commission who shall serve at the pleasure of the governor. The director shall devote full time to the duties of the office and shall hold no other office or employment. The director shall meet all requirements for appointment as a member of the commission and shall, by experience and training, possess management skills that equip the director to administer an enterprise of the nature of a state lottery. The director shall receive an annual salary determined by the director of administrative services in accordance with pay range 48 of section 124.152 of the Revised Code.

(B)(1) The director shall attend all meetings of the commission and shall act as its secretary. The director shall keep a record of all commission proceedings and shall keep the commission's records, files, and documents at the commission's principal office. All records of the commission's meetings shall be available for inspection by any member of the public, upon a showing of good cause and prior notification to the director.

(2) The director shall be the commission's executive officer and shall be responsible for keeping all commission records and supervising and administering the state lottery in accordance with this chapter, and carrying out all commission rules adopted under section 3770.03 of the Revised Code.

(C)(1) The director shall appoint an assistant director, deputy directors of marketing, operations, sales, finance, public relations, security, and administration, and as many regional managers as are required. The director may also appoint necessary professional, technical, and clerical assistants. All such officers and employees shall be appointed and compensated pursuant to Chapter 124. of the Revised Code. Regional and assistant regional managers, sales representatives, and any lottery executive account representatives shall remain in the unclassified service.

(2) The director, in consultation with the director of administrative services, may establish standards of proficiency and productivity for commission field representatives.

(D) The director shall request the bureau of criminal identification and investigation, the department of public safety, or any other state, local, or federal agency to supply the director with the criminal records of any job applicant and may periodically request the criminal records of commission employees. At or prior to the time of making such a request, the director shall require a job applicant or commission employee to obtain fingerprint cards prescribed by the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation at a qualified law enforcement agency, and the director shall cause these fingerprint cards to be forwarded to the bureau of criminal identification and investigation and the federal bureau of investigation. The commission shall assume the cost of obtaining the fingerprint cards and shall pay to each agency supplying criminal records for each investigation under this division a reasonable fee, as determined by the agency.

(E) The director shall license lottery sales agents pursuant to section 3770.05 of the Revised Code and, when it is considered necessary, may revoke or suspend the license of any lottery sales agent.

(F) The director shall confer at least once each month with the commission, at which time the director shall advise it regarding the operation and administration of the lottery. The director shall make available at the request of the commission all documents, files, and other records pertaining to the operation and administration of the lottery. The director shall prepare and make available to the commission each month a complete and accurate accounting of lottery revenues, prize money disbursements and the cost of goods and services awarded as prizes, operating expenses, and all other relevant financial information, including an accounting of all transfers made from any lottery funds in the custody of the treasurer of state to benefit education.

(G) The director may enter into contracts for the operation or promotion of the lottery pursuant to Chapter 125. of the Revised Code.

(H)(1) Pursuant to rules adopted by the commission under section 3770.03 of the Revised Code, the director shall require any lottery sales agents to either mail directly to the commission or deposit to the credit of the state lottery fund, in banking institutions designated by the treasurer of state, net proceeds due the commission as determined by the director, and to file with the director or the director's designee reports of their receipts and transactions in the sale of lottery tickets in the form required by the director.

(2) Pursuant to rules adopted by the commission under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, the director may impose penalties for the failure of a sales agent to transfer funds to the commission in a timely manner. Penalties may include monetary penalties, immediate suspension or revocation of a license, or any other penalty the commission adopts by rule.

(I) The director may arrange for any person, or any banking institution, to perform functions and services in connection with the operation of the lottery as the director may consider necessary to carry out this chapter.

(J)(1) As used in this chapter, "statewide joint lottery game" means a lottery game that the commission sells solely within this state under an agreement with other lottery jurisdictions to sell the same lottery game solely within their statewide or other jurisdictional boundaries.

(2) If the governor directs the director to do so, the director shall enter into an agreement with other lottery jurisdictions to conduct statewide joint lottery games. If the governor signs the agreement personally or by means of an authenticating officer pursuant to section 107.15 of the Revised Code, the director then may conduct statewide joint lottery games under the agreement.

(3) The entire net proceeds from any statewide joint lottery games shall be used to fund elementary, secondary, vocational, and special education programs in this state.

(4) The commission shall conduct any statewide joint lottery games in accordance with rules it adopts under division (B)(5) of section 3770.03 of the Revised Code.

(K)(1) The director shall enter into an agreement with the department of alcohol and drug addiction services under which the department shall provide a program of gambling addiction services on behalf of the commission. The commission shall pay the costs of the program provided pursuant to the agreement.

(2) As used in this section, "gambling addiction services" has the same meaning as in section 3793.01 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 3772.06. (A)(1) The commission shall appoint an executive director who shall serve at the pleasure of the commission. The executive director is in the unclassified service, shall devote full time to the duties of the office, and shall hold no other office or employment. The executive director shall, by experience and training, possess management skills that equip the executive director to administer an enterprise of the nature of the commission. The executive director shall not have a pecuniary interest in any business organization that holds a license under this chapter, or that does business with any person licensed under this chapter. A member of the general assembly, a person who holds an elective office, or an office holder of a political party is ineligible to be appointed executive director at the same time as being such a member or holding such an office. The executive director shall receive an annual salary established in rules adopted by the director of administrative services in accordance with pay range 48 of section 124.152 of the Revised Code.

(2) The executive director, before entering upon the discharge of the executive director's official duties, shall give, and thereafter shall maintain, bond in the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars, payable to the state, conditioned upon the executive director's faithful and proper performance of the executive director's official duties. The bond shall be issued by a surety authorized to do business in this state and shall be filed with the secretary of state. The bond may be an individual bond or a schedule or blanket bond.

(B)(1) The executive director or a deputy designated in writing by the executive director shall attend all meetings of the commission and shall act as its secretary. The executive director shall keep a record of all commission proceedings and shall keep the commission's records, files, and documents at the commission's principal office.

(2) The executive director shall be the chief executive officer and shall be responsible for keeping all commission records and supervising and administering casino gaming in accordance with this chapter, and enforcing all commission rules adopted under this chapter.

(3) The executive director shall hire staff, including an assistant director or deputy directors, as necessary to assist the executive director in the executive director's duties under this chapter. In appointing employees, the executive director is subject to section 3772.061 of the Revised Code. The executive director may employ employees as necessary, unless the commission determines otherwise. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, all costs of administration incurred by the executive director and the executive director's employees shall be paid out of the casino control commission fund.

(C) A state agency or other unit of state government shall cooperate with the commission, and shall provide the commission with information and services the commission considers necessary to carry out the commission's duties and functions under this chapter.

(D) The executive director shall confer at least once each month with the commission, at which time the executive director shall advise it regarding the operation and administration of the commission and casino gaming. The executive director shall make available at the request of the commission all documents, files, and other records pertaining to the operation and administration of the commission and casino gaming. The executive director shall prepare and make available to the commission each month a complete and accurate accounting of gross casino gaming revenues, and all other relevant financial information, including an accounting of all transfers made from the casino control commission fund.

Sec. 3773.33.  (A) There is hereby created the Ohio athletic commission. The commission shall consist of five voting members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, not more than three of whom shall be of the same political party, and two nonvoting members, one of whom shall be a member of the senate appointed by and to serve at the pleasure of the president of the senate and one of whom shall be a member of the house of representatives appointed by and to serve at the pleasure of the speaker of the house of representatives. To be eligible for appointment as a voting member, a person shall be a qualified elector and a resident of the state for not less than five years immediately preceding the person's appointment. Two voting members shall be knowledgeable in boxing, at least one voting member shall be knowledgeable and experienced in high school athletics, one voting member shall be knowledgeable and experienced in professional athletics, and at least one voting member shall be knowledgeable and experienced in collegiate athletics. One commission member shall hold the degree of doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy.

(B) No person shall be appointed to the commission or be an employee of the commission who is licensed, registered, or regulated by the commission. No member shall have any legal or beneficial interest, direct or indirect, pecuniary or otherwise, in any person who is licensed, registered, or regulated by the commission or who participates in prize fights or public boxing or wrestling matches or exhibitions. No member shall participate in any fight, match, or exhibition other than in the member's official capacity as a member of the commission, or as an inspector as authorized in section 3773.52 of the Revised Code.

(C) The governor shall appoint the voting members to the commission. Of the initial appointments, two shall be for terms ending one year after September 3, 1996, two shall be for terms ending two years after September 3, 1996, and one shall be for a term ending three years after September 3, 1996. Thereafter, terms of office shall be for three years, each term ending the same day of the same month of the year as did the term which it succeeds. 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. 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.

The governor shall name one voting member as chairperson of the commission at the time of making the appointment of any member for a full term. Three voting members shall constitute a quorum, and the affirmative vote of three voting members shall be necessary for any action taken by the commission. No vacancy on the commission impairs the authority of the remaining members to exercise all powers of the commission.

Voting members, when engaged in commission duties, shall receive a per diem compensation determined in accordance with division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code, and all members shall receive their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.

Each voting member, before entering upon the discharge of the member's duties, shall file a surety bond payable to the treasurer of state in the sum of ten thousand dollars. Each surety bond shall be conditioned upon the faithful performance of the duties of the office, executed by a surety company authorized to transact business in this state, and filed in the office of the secretary of state.

The governor may remove any voting member for malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance in office after giving the member a copy of the charges against the member and affording the member an opportunity for a public hearing, at which the member may be represented by counsel, upon not less than ten days' notice. If the member is removed, the governor shall file a complete statement of all charges made against the member and the governor's finding on the charges in the office of the secretary of state, together with a complete report of the proceedings. The governor's decision shall be final.

Sec. 3781.07.  There is hereby established in the department of commerce a board of building standards consisting of fifteen members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. The board shall appoint a secretary who shall serve in the unclassified civil service for a term of six years at a salary fixed pursuant to Chapter 124. of the Revised Code. The board may employ additional staff in the classified civil service. The secretary may be removed by the board under the rules the board adopts. Terms of office shall be for four years, commencing on the fourteenth day of October and ending on the thirteenth day of October. 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 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. One of the members appointed to the board shall be an attorney at law, admitted to the bar of this state; two shall be registered architects; two shall be professional engineers, one in the field of mechanical and one in the field of structural engineering, each of whom shall be duly licensed to practice such profession in this state; one shall be a person of recognized ability, broad training, and fifteen years experience in problems and practice incidental to the construction and equipment of buildings specified in section 3781.06 of the Revised Code; one shall be a person with recognized ability and experience in the manufacture and construction of industrialized units as defined in section 3781.06 of the Revised Code; one shall be a member of the fire service with recognized ability and broad training in the field of fire protection and suppression; one shall be a person with at least ten years of experience and recognized expertise in building codes and standards and the manufacture of construction materials; one shall be a general contractor with experience in residential and commercial construction; two, chosen from a list of ten names the Ohio home builders association submits to the governor, shall be general contractors who have recognized ability in the construction of residential buildings; one shall be a person with recognized ability and experience in the use of advanced and renewable energy in the construction of commercial and residential buildings; one shall be a person with recognized ability and experience in the use of energy conservation in the construction of commercial and residential buildings; and one, chosen from a list of three names the Ohio municipal league submits to the governor, shall be the mayor of a municipal corporation in which the Ohio residential and nonresidential building codes are being enforced in the municipal corporation by a certified building department. Each member of the board, not otherwise required to take an oath of office, shall take the oath prescribed by the constitution. Each member shall receive as compensation an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code, and shall receive actual and necessary expenses in the performance of official duties. The amount of such expenses shall be certified by the secretary of the board and paid in the same manner as the expenses of employees of the department of commerce are paid.

Sec. 4112.03.  There is hereby created the Ohio civil rights commission to consist of five members, not more than three of whom shall be of the same political party, to be appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, one of whom shall be designated by the governor as chairman chairperson. At least one member shall be at least sixty years of age.

Terms of office shall be for five years, commencing on the twenty-ninth day of July and ending on the twenty-eighth day of July. Each member shall hold office from the date of his appointment until the end of the term for which he the member was appointed. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his 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 his the member's term until his the member's successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.

Three members of the commission shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of conducting the business thereof. A vacancy in the commission shall not impair the right of the remaining members to exercise all the powers of the commission.

Each member of the commission shall be paid a salary established pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code plus necessary and actual expenses while traveling on business of the commission.

Any member of the commission may be removed by the governor for inefficiency, neglect of duty, misconduct, or malfeasance in office, after being given a written statement of the charges against him the member and an opportunity to be heard publicly thereon.

Sec. 4113.80. (A) As used in this section, "public employer" means the state or any agency or instrumentality of the state, and any municipal corporation, county, township, school district, or other political subdivision or any agency or instrumentality of a municipal corporation, county, township, school district, or other political subdivision.

(B) "Age," "ancestry," "color," "disability," "military status," "national origin," "race," "religion," and "sex" have the same meanings and shall be construed in the same manner as in Chapter 4112. of the Revised Code.

(C) When determining whether to lay off an employee as part of a reduction in force, a public employer shall not consider the race, color, religion, sex, military status, national origin, disability, age, or ancestry of the employee in violation of Chapter 4112. of the Revised Code or any applicable federal law.

Sec. 4117.01.  As used in this chapter:

(A) "Person," in addition to those included in division (C) of section 1.59 of the Revised Code, includes employee organizations, public employees, and public employers.

(B)(1) "Public employer" means the state or any political subdivision of the state located entirely within the state, including, without limitation, any of the following:

(a) A municipal corporation with a population of at least five thousand according to the most recent federal decennial census;

(b) A county;

(c) A township with a population of at least five thousand in the unincorporated area of the township according to the most recent federal decennial census;

(d) A school district;

(e) The governing authority of a conversion community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code, unless the governing authority has submitted a statement to the state employment relations board under division (A)(4) of section 3314.10 of the Revised Code;

(f) A state institution of higher learning;

(g) A public or special district;

(h) A state agency, authority, commission, or board; or

(i) Any other branch of public employment. "Public

(2) Except as otherwise provided in division (B)(1)(e) of this section, "public employer" does not include the either of the following:

(a) The nonprofit corporation formed under section 187.01 of the Revised Code;

(b) The governing authority of a community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code.

(C) "Public employee" means any person holding a position by appointment or employment in the service of a public employer, including any person working pursuant to a contract between a public employer and a private employer and over whom the national labor relations board has declined jurisdiction on the basis that the involved employees are employees of a public employer, except:

(1) Persons holding elective office;

(2) Employees of the general assembly and employees of any other legislative body of the public employer whose principal duties are directly related to the legislative functions of the body;

(3) Employees on the staff of the governor or the chief executive of the public employer whose principal duties are directly related to the performance of the executive functions of the governor or the chief executive;

(4) Persons who are members of the Ohio organized militia, while training or performing duty under section 5919.29 or 5923.12 of the Revised Code;

(5) Employees of the state employment relations board, including those employees of the state employment relations board utilized by the state personnel board of review in the exercise of the powers and the performance of the duties and functions of the state personnel board of review;

(6) Confidential employees;

(7) Management level employees;

(8) Employees and officers of the courts, assistants to the attorney general, assistant prosecuting attorneys, and employees of the clerks of courts who perform a judicial function;

(9) Employees of a public official who act in a fiduciary capacity, appointed pursuant to are in the unclassified civil service under divisions (A)(8) and (9) of section 124.11 of the Revised Code;

(10) Supervisors, including fire supervisory officers;

(11) Students whose primary purpose is educational training, including graduate assistants or associates, residents, interns, or other students working as part-time public employees less than fifty per cent of the normal year in the employee's bargaining unit;

(12) Employees of county boards of election;

(13) Seasonal and casual employees as determined by the state employment relations board;

(14) Part-time faculty members of an institution of higher education;

(15) Participants in a work activity, developmental activity, or alternative work activity under sections 5107.40 to 5107.69 of the Revised Code who perform a service for a public employer that the public employer needs but is not performed by an employee of the public employer if the participant is not engaged in paid employment or subsidized employment pursuant to the activity;

(16) Employees included in the career professional service of the department of transportation under section 5501.20 of the Revised Code;

(17) Employees of community-based correctional facilities and district community-based correctional facilities created under sections 2301.51 to 2301.58 of the Revised Code who are not subject to a collective bargaining agreement on June 1, 2005;

(18) Employees of a regional council of government created under Chapter 167. of the Revised Code.

(D) "Employee organization" means any labor or bona fide organization in which public employees participate and that exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with public employers concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, hours, terms, and other conditions of employment.

(E) "Exclusive representative" means the employee organization certified or recognized as an exclusive representative under section 4117.05 of the Revised Code.

(F) "Supervisor" means any individual who has authority, in the interest of the public employer, to hire, transfer, suspend, lay off, recall, promote, discharge, assign, reward, or discipline other public employees; to responsibly direct them; to adjust their grievances; or to effectively recommend such action, if the exercise of that authority is not of a merely routine or clerical nature, but requires the use of independent judgment, provided that:

(1) Employees of school districts who are department chairpersons or consulting teachers shall not be deemed supervisors;

(2) With respect to members of a police or fire department, no person shall be deemed a supervisor except the chief of the department or those individuals who, in the absence of the chief, are authorized to exercise the authority and perform the duties of the chief of the department. Where prior to June 1, 1982, a public employer pursuant to a judicial decision, rendered in litigation to which the public employer was a party, has declined to engage in collective bargaining with members of a police or fire department on the basis that those members are supervisors, those members of a police or fire department do not have the rights specified in this chapter for the purposes of future collective bargaining. The state employment relations board shall decide all disputes concerning the application of division (F)(2) of this section.

(3) With respect to faculty members of a state institution of higher education, heads of departments or divisions are supervisors; however, no other in addition, any faculty member or group of faculty members is a supervisor solely because the faculty member or group of faculty members that participate in decisions with respect to courses, curriculum, personnel, or other matters of academic or institutional policy are supervisors or management level employees;

(4)(3) No teacher as defined in section 3319.09 of the Revised Code shall be designated as a supervisor or a management level employee unless the teacher is employed under a contract governed by section 3319.01, 3319.011, or 3319.02 of the Revised Code and is assigned to a position for which a license deemed to be for administrators under state board rules is required pursuant to section 3319.22 of the Revised Code.

(G) "To bargain collectively" means to perform the mutual obligation of the public employer, by its representatives, and the representatives of its employees to negotiate in good faith at reasonable times and places with respect to wages, hours, terms, and other conditions of employment and the continuation, modification, or deletion of an existing provision of a collective bargaining agreement, with the intention of reaching an agreement, or to resolve questions arising under the agreement. "To bargain collectively" includes executing a written contract incorporating the terms of any agreement reached. The obligation to bargain collectively does not mean that either party is compelled to agree to a proposal nor does it require the making of a concession.

(H) "Strike" means continuous concerted action in failing to report to duty; willful absence from one's position; or stoppage of work in whole from the full, faithful, and proper performance of the duties of employment, for the purpose of inducing, influencing, or coercing a change in wages, hours, terms, and other conditions of employment. "Strike" does not include a stoppage of work by employees in good faith because of dangerous or unhealthful working conditions at the place of employment that are abnormal to the place of employment.

(I) "Unauthorized strike" includes, but is not limited to, concerted action during the term or extended term of a collective bargaining agreement or during the pendency of the settlement procedures set forth in section 4117.14 of the Revised Code in failing to report to duty; willful absence from one's position; stoppage of work; slowdown, or abstinence in whole or in part from the full, faithful, and proper performance of the duties of employment for the purpose of inducing, influencing, or coercing a change in wages, hours, terms, and other conditions of employment. "Unauthorized strike" "Strike" includes any such action, absence, stoppage, slowdown, or abstinence when done partially or intermittently, whether during or after the expiration of the term or extended term of a collective bargaining agreement or during or after the pendency of the settlement procedures set forth in section 4117.14 of the Revised Code.

(J)(I) "Professional employee" means any employee engaged in work that is predominantly intellectual, involving the consistent exercise of discretion and judgment in its performance and requiring knowledge of an advanced type in a field of science or learning customarily acquired by a prolonged course in an institution of higher learning or a hospital, as distinguished from a general academic education or from an apprenticeship; or an employee who has completed the courses of specialized intellectual instruction and is performing related work under the supervision of a professional person to become qualified as a professional employee.

(K)(J) "Confidential employee" means any employee who works in the personnel offices of a public employer and deals with information to be used by the public employer in collective bargaining; or any employee who works in a close continuing relationship with public officers or representatives directly participating in collective bargaining on behalf of the employer.

(L)(K) "Management level employee" means an individual who formulates policy on behalf of the public employer, who responsibly directs the implementation of policy, or who may reasonably be required on behalf of the public employer to assist in the preparation for the conduct of collective negotiations, administer collectively negotiated agreements, or have a major role in personnel administration. Assistant superintendents, principals, and assistant principals whose employment is governed by section 3319.02 of the Revised Code are management level employees. With respect to members of a faculty of a state institution of higher education, no person is a management level employee because of the person's involvement in the formulation or implementation of academic or institution policy any faculty who, individually or through a faculty senate or like organization, participate in the governance of the institution, are involved in personnel decisions, selection or review of administrators, planning and use of physical resources, budget preparation, and determination of educational policies related to admissions, curriculum, subject matter, and methods of instruction and research are management level employees.

(M)(L) "Wages" means hourly rates of pay, salaries, or other forms of compensation for services rendered.

(N)(M) "Member of a police department" means a person who is in the employ of a police department of a municipal corporation as a full-time regular police officer as the result of an appointment from a duly established civil service eligibility list or under section 737.15 or 737.16 of the Revised Code, a full-time deputy sheriff appointed under section 311.04 of the Revised Code, a township constable appointed under section 509.01 of the Revised Code, or a member of a township police district police department appointed under section 505.49 of the Revised Code.

(O)(N) "Members of the state highway patrol" means highway patrol troopers and radio operators appointed under section 5503.01 of the Revised Code.

(P)(O) "Member of a fire department" means a person who is in the employ of a fire department of a municipal corporation or a township as a fire cadet, full-time regular firefighter, or promoted rank as the result of an appointment from a duly established civil service eligibility list or under section 505.38, 709.012, or 737.22 of the Revised Code.

(Q)(P) "Day" means calendar day.

Sec. 4117.02.  (A) There is hereby created the state employment relations board, consisting of three members to be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. Members shall be knowledgeable about labor relations or personnel practices. No more than two of the three members shall belong to the same political party. A member of the state employment relations board during the member's period of service shall hold no other public office or public or private employment and shall allow no other responsibilities to interfere or conflict with the member's duties as a full-time state employment relations board member. Of the initial appointments made to the state employment relations board, one shall be for a term ending October 6, 1984, one shall be for a term ending October 6, 1985, and one shall be for a term ending October 6, 1986. Thereafter, terms of office shall be for six 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 the member's appointment until the end of the term for which the member is 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 of the member's term until the member's successor takes office or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. The governor may remove any member of the state employment relations board, upon notice and public hearing, for neglect of duty or malfeasance in office, but for no other cause.

(B)(1) The governor shall designate one member of the state employment relations board to serve as chairperson of the state employment relations board. The chairperson is the head of the state employment relations board and its chief executive officer.

(2) The chairperson shall exercise all administrative powers and duties conferred upon the state employment relations board under this chapter and shall do all of the following:

(a) Employ, promote, supervise, and remove all employees of the state employment relations board, and establish, change, or abolish positions and assign or reassign the duties of those employees as the chairperson determines necessary to achieve the most efficient performance of the duties of the state employment relations board under this chapter;

(b) Determine the utilization by the state personnel board of review of employees of the state employment relations board as necessary for the state personnel board of review to exercise the powers and perform the duties of the state personnel board of review.

(c) Maintain the office of the state employment relations board in Columbus and manage the office's daily operations, including securing offices, facilities, equipment, and supplies necessary to house the state employment relations board, employees of the state employment relations board, the state personnel board of review, and files and records under the control of the state employment relations board and under the control of the state personnel board of review;

(d) Prepare and submit to the office of budget and management a budget for each biennium according to section 107.03 of the Revised Code, and include in the budget the costs of the state employment relations board and its staff and the costs of the state employment relations board in discharging any duty imposed by law upon the state employment relations board, the chairperson, or any of the employees or agents of the state employment relations board, and the costs of the state personnel board of review in discharging any duty imposed by law on the state personnel board of review or an agent of the state personnel board of review.

(C) The vacancy on the state employment relations board does not impair the right of the remaining members to exercise all the powers of the state employment relations board, and two members of the state employment relations board, at all times, constitute a quorum. The state employment relations board shall have an official seal of which courts shall take judicial notice.

(D) The state employment relations board shall make an annual report in writing to the governor and to the general assembly, stating in detail the work it has done.

(E) Compensation of the chairperson and members shall be in accordance with division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code. The chairperson and the members are eligible for reappointment. In addition to such compensation, all members shall be reimbursed for their necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their work as members.

(F)(1) The chairperson, after consulting with the other state employment relations board members and receiving the consent of at least one other board member, shall appoint an executive director. The chairperson also shall appoint attorneys and shall appoint an assistant executive director who shall be an attorney admitted to practice law in this state and who shall serve as a liaison to the attorney general on legal matters before the state employment relations board.

(2) The state employment relations board shall appoint members of fact-finding panels fact-finders and shall prescribe their job duties.

(G)(1) The executive director shall serve at the pleasure of the chairperson. The executive director, under the direction of the chairperson, shall do all of the following:

(a) Act as chief administrative officer for the state employment relations board;

(b) Ensure that all employees of the state employment relations board comply with the rules of the state employment relations board;

(c) Do all things necessary for the efficient and effective implementation of the duties of the state employment relations board.

(2) The duties of the executive director described in division (G)(1) of this section do not relieve the chairperson from final responsibility for the proper performance of the duties described in that division.

(H) The attorney general shall be the legal adviser of the state employment relations board and shall appear for and represent the state employment relations board and its agents in all legal proceedings. The state employment relations board may utilize regional, local, or other agencies, and utilize voluntary and uncompensated services as needed. The state employment relations board may contract with the federal mediation and conciliation service for the assistance of mediators, arbitrators, and other personnel the service makes available. The chairperson shall appoint all employees on the basis of training, practical experience, education, and character, notwithstanding the requirements established by section 119.09 of the Revised Code. The chairperson shall give special regard to the practical training and experience that employees have for the particular position involved. The executive director, assistant executive director, administrative law judges, employees holding a fiduciary or administrative relation to the state employment relations board as described in division (A)(9) of section 124.11 of the Revised Code, and the personal secretaries and assistants of the state employment relations board members are in the unclassified service. All other full-time employees of the state employment relations board are in the classified service. All employees of the state employment relations board shall be paid in accordance with Chapter 124. of the Revised Code.

(I) The chairperson shall select and assign administrative law judges and other agents whose functions are to conduct hearings with due regard to their impartiality, judicial temperament, and knowledge. If in any proceeding under this chapter, any party prior to five days before the hearing thereto files with the state employment relations board a sworn statement charging that the administrative law judge or other agent designated to conduct the hearing is biased or partial in the proceeding, the state employment relations board may disqualify the person and designate another administrative law judge or agent to conduct the proceeding. At least ten days before any hearing, the state employment relations board shall notify all parties to a proceeding of the name of the administrative law judge or agent designated to conduct the hearing.

(J) The principal office of the state employment relations board is in Columbus, but it may meet and exercise any or all of its powers at any other place within the state. The state employment relations board may, by one or more of its employees, or any agents or agencies it designates, conduct in any part of this state any proceeding, hearing, investigation, inquiry, or election necessary to the performance of its functions; provided, that no person so designated may later sit in determination of an appeal of the decision of that cause or matter.

(K) In addition to the powers and functions provided in other sections of this chapter, the state employment relations board shall do all of the following:

(1) Create a bureau of mediation within the state employment relations board, to perform the functions provided in section 4117.14 of the Revised Code. This bureau shall also establish, after consulting representatives of employee organizations and public employers, panels of qualified persons to be available to serve as members of fact-finding panels fact-finders and arbitrators.

(2) Conduct studies of problems involved in representation and negotiation and make recommendations for legislation;

(3) Hold hearings pursuant to this chapter and, for the purpose of the hearings and inquiries, administer oaths and affirmations, examine witnesses and documents, take testimony and receive evidence, compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents by the issuance of subpoenas, and delegate these powers to any members of the state employment relations board or any administrative law judge employed by the state employment relations board for the performance of its functions;

(4) Train representatives of employee organizations and public employers in the rules and techniques of collective bargaining procedures;

(5) Make studies and analyses of, and act as a clearinghouse of information relating to, conditions of employment of public employees throughout the state and request assistance, services, and data from any public employee organization, public employer, or governmental unit. Public employee organizations, public employers, and governmental units shall provide such assistance, services, and data as will enable the state employment relations board to carry out its functions and powers.

(6) Make available to employee organizations, public employers, mediators, fact-finding panels fact-finders, arbitrators, and joint study committees statistical data relating to wages, benefits, and employment practices in public and private employment applicable to various localities and occupations to assist them to resolve issues in negotiations;

(7) Notwithstanding section 119.13 of the Revised Code, establish standards of persons who practice before it;

(8) Adopt, amend, and rescind rules and procedures and exercise other powers appropriate to carry out this chapter. Before the adoption, amendment, or rescission of rules and procedures under this section, the state employment relations board shall do all of the following:

(a) Maintain a list of interested public employers and employee organizations and mail notice to such groups of any proposed rule or procedure, amendment thereto, or rescission thereof at least thirty days before any public hearing thereon;

(b) Mail a copy of each proposed rule or procedure, amendment thereto, or rescission thereof to any person who requests a copy within five days after receipt of the request therefor;

(c) Consult with appropriate statewide organizations representing public employers or employees who would be affected by the proposed rule or procedure.

Although the state employment relations board is expected to discharge these duties diligently, failure to mail any notice or copy, or to so consult with any person, is not jurisdictional and shall not be construed to invalidate any proceeding or action of the state employment relations board.

(L) In case of neglect or refusal to obey a subpoena issued to any person, the court of common pleas of the county in which the investigation or the public hearing occurs, upon application by the state employment relations board, may issue an order requiring the person to appear before the state employment relations board and give testimony about the matter under investigation. The court may punish a failure to obey the order as contempt.

(M) Any subpoena, notice of hearing, or other process or notice of the state employment relations board issued under this section may be served personally, by certified mail, or by leaving a copy at the principal office or personal residence of the respondent required to be served. A return, made and verified by the individual making the service and setting forth the manner of service, is proof of service, and a return post office receipt, when certified mail is used, is proof of service. All process in any court to which application is made under this chapter may be served in the county wherein the persons required to be served reside or are found.

(N) All expenses of the state employment relations board, including all necessary traveling and subsistence expenses incurred by the members or employees of the state employment relations board under its orders, shall be paid pursuant to itemized vouchers approved by the chairperson of the state employment relations board, the executive director, or both, or such other person as the chairperson designates for that purpose.

(O) Whenever the state employment relations board determines that a substantial controversy exists with respect to the application or interpretation of this chapter and the matter is of public or great general interest, the state employment relations board shall certify its final order directly to the court of appeals having jurisdiction over the area in which the principal office of the public employer directly affected by the application or interpretation is located. The chairperson shall file with the clerk of the court a certified copy of the transcript of the proceedings before the state employment relations board pertaining to the final order. If upon hearing and consideration the court decides that the final order of the state employment relations board is unlawful or is not supported by substantial evidence on the record as a whole, the court shall reverse and vacate the final order or modify it and enter final judgment in accordance with the modification; otherwise, the court shall affirm the final order. The notice of the final order of the state employment relations board to the interested parties shall contain a certification by the chairperson of the state employment relations board that the final order is of public or great general interest and that a certified transcript of the record of the proceedings before the state employment relations board had been filed with the clerk of the court as an appeal to the court. For the purposes of this division, the state employment relations board has standing to bring its final order properly before the court of appeals.

(P) Except as otherwise specifically provided in this section, the state employment relations board is subject to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, including the procedure for submission of proposed rules to the general assembly for legislative review under division (H) of section 119.03 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 4117.03.  (A) Public employees have the right to:

(1) Form, join, assist, or participate in, or refrain from forming, joining, assisting, or participating in, except as otherwise provided in Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code, any employee organization of their own choosing;

(2) Engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid and protection;

(3) Representation by an employee organization;

(4) Bargain collectively with their public employers to determine wages, hours, terms and other conditions of employment and the continuation, modification, or deletion of an existing provision of a collective bargaining agreement, and enter into collective bargaining agreements;

(5) Present grievances and have them adjusted, without the intervention of the bargaining representative, as long as the adjustment is not inconsistent with the terms of the collective bargaining agreement then in effect and as long as the bargaining representatives have the opportunity to be present at the adjustment.

(B) Persons on active duty or acting in any capacity as members of the organized militia do not have collective bargaining rights. Employees of a community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code do not have collective bargaining rights, except as provided in section 3314.10 of the Revised Code. A community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code shall not bargain collectively with its employees, except as provided in section 3314.10 of the Revised Code.

(C) Except as provided in division (D) of this section, nothing in Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code prohibits public employers from electing to engage in collective bargaining, to meet and confer, to hold discussions, or to engage in any other form of collective negotiations with public employees who are not subject to Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code pursuant to division (C) of section 4117.01 of the Revised Code.

(D) A public employer shall not engage in collective bargaining or other forms of collective negotiations with the employees of county boards of elections referred to in division (C)(12) of section 4117.01 of the Revised Code.

(E) Employees of public schools may bargain collectively for health care benefits; however, all health care benefits shall include best practices prescribed by the school employees health care board, in accordance with section 9.901 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 4117.05.  (A) An employee organization becomes the exclusive representative of all the public employees in an appropriate unit for the purposes of collective bargaining by either:

(1) Being certified by the state employment relations board when a majority of the voting employees in the unit select the employee organization as their representative in a board-conducted election under section 4117.07 of the Revised Code;

(2) Filing a request with a public employer with a copy to the state employment relations board for recognition as an exclusive representative. In the request for recognition, the employee organization shall describe the bargaining unit, shall allege that a majority of the employees in the bargaining unit wish to be represented by the employee organization, and shall support the request with substantial evidence based on, and in accordance with, rules prescribed by the board demonstrating that a majority of the employees in the bargaining unit wish to be represented by the employee organization. Immediately upon receipt of a request, the public employer shall either request an election under division (A)(2) of section 4117.07 of the Revised Code, or take the following action:

(a) Post notice in each facility at which employees in the proposed unit are employed, setting forth the description of the bargaining unit, the name of the employee organization requesting recognition, and the date of the request for recognition, and advising employees that objections to certification must be filed with the state employment relations board not later than the twenty-first thirtieth day following the date of the request for recognition;

(b) Immediately notify the state employment relations board of the request for recognition.

The state employment relations board shall certify the employee organization filing the request for recognition on the twenty-second investigate the request for recognition and proposed bargaining unit on the thirty-first day following the filing of the request for recognition, unless by the twenty-first thirtieth day following the filing of the request for recognition it receives:

(i) A petition for an election from the public employer pursuant to division (A)(2) of section 4117.07 of the Revised Code;

(ii) Substantial evidence based on, and in accordance with, rules prescribed by the board demonstrating that a majority of the employees in the described bargaining unit do not wish to be represented by the employee organization filing the request for recognition;

(iii) Substantial evidence based on, and in accordance with, rules prescribed by the board from another employee organization demonstrating that at least ten per cent of the employees in the described bargaining unit wish to be represented by such other employee organization; or

(iv) Substantial evidence based on, and in accordance with, rules prescribed by the board indicating that the proposed unit is not an appropriate unit pursuant to section 4117.06 of the Revised Code.

(B) Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit a public employer to recognize, or the state employment relations board to certify, an employee organization as an exclusive representative under Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code if there is in effect a lawful written agreement, contract, or memorandum of understanding between the public employer and another employee organization which, on the effective date of this section amendment, has been recognized by a public employer as the exclusive representative of the employees in a unit or which by tradition, custom, practice, election, or negotiation has been the only employee organization representing all employees in the unit; this restriction does not apply to that period of time covered by any agreement which exceeds three years. For the purposes of this section, extensions of agreement do not affect the expiration of the original agreement.

(C) Another employee organization, employees currently represented by the employee organization, or the public employer of the public employees may file a petition for decertification with the board that is supported by substantial evidence, based on and in accordance with rules adopted by the board, demonstrating that at least thirty per cent of the employees in the described bargaining unit support the petition. The petition may be submitted at any time subsequent to one hundred twenty days prior to the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement.

(D) Nonexclusive or deemed certified recognition previously granted through an agreement or memorandum of understanding shall not preclude the board from doing any of the following:

(1) Determining an appropriate unit;

(2) If necessary, removing classifications from a bargaining unit under an existing nonexclusive contract, agreement, or memorandum of understanding;

(3) Holding an election to determine an exclusive representative for all those employees deemed a part of the appropriate unit.

Sec. 4117.06.  (A) The state employment relations board shall decide in each case the unit most appropriate for the purposes of collective bargaining. The determination is final and conclusive and not appealable to the court.

(B) The board shall determine the appropriateness of each bargaining unit and shall consider among other relevant factors: the desires of the employees; the community of interest; wages, hours, and other working conditions of the public employees; the effect of over-fragmentation; the efficiency of operations of the public employer; the administrative structure of the public employer; and the history of collective bargaining.

(C) The board may determine a unit to be the appropriate unit in a particular case, even though some other unit might also be appropriate.

(D) In addition, in determining the appropriate unit, the board shall not:

(1) Decide that any unit is appropriate if the unit includes both professional and nonprofessional employees, unless a majority of the professional employees and a majority of the nonprofessional employees first vote for inclusion in the unit;

(2) Include guards or correction officers at correctional or mental institutions, special police officers appointed in accordance with sections 5119.14 and 5123.13 of the Revised Code, psychiatric attendants employed at mental health forensic facilities, youth leaders employed at juvenile correction facilities, or any public employee employed as a guard to enforce against other employees rules to protect property of the employer or to protect the safety of persons on the employer's premises in a unit with other employees;

(3) Include members of a police or fire department or members of the state highway patrol in a unit with other classifications of public employees of the department;

(4) Designate as appropriate a bargaining unit that contains more than one institution of higher education; nor shall it within any such institution of higher education designate as appropriate a unit where such designation would be inconsistent with the accreditation standards or interpretations of such standards, governing such institution of higher education or any department, school, or college thereof. For the purposes of this division, any branch or regional campus of a public institution of higher education is part of that institution of higher education.

(5) Designate as appropriate a bargaining unit that contains employees within the jurisdiction of more than one elected county office holder, unless the county-elected office holder and the board of county commissioners agree to such other designation;

(6) With respect to members of a police department, designate as appropriate a unit that includes rank and file members of the department with members who are of the rank of sergeant or above, or with respect to members of a fire department, designate as appropriate a unit that includes rank and file members of the department with members who are of the rank of lieutenant or above;

(7) Except as otherwise provided by division (A)(3) of section 3314.10 or division (B) of section 3326.18 of the Revised Code, designate as appropriate a bargaining unit that contains employees from multiple community schools established under Chapter 3314. or multiple science, technology, engineering, and mathematics schools established under Chapter 3326. of the Revised Code. For purposes of this division, more than one unit may be designated within a single community school or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics school.

This section shall not be deemed to prohibit multiunit bargaining.

Any bargaining unit of a fire department that does not conform to division (C)(6) of this section on the effective date of this amendment shall cease to be an appropriate unit upon the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement covering that unit that is in effect on the effective date of this amendment or three years after the effective date of this amendment, whichever is earlier. Thereafter, the board shall designate the appropriate unit for the fire department in accordance with division (C)(6) of this section.

Sec. 4117.07.  (A) When a petition is filed, in accordance with rules prescribed by the state employment relations board:

(1) By any employee or group of employees, or any individual or employee organization acting in their behalf, alleging that at least thirty per cent of the employees in an appropriate unit wish to be represented for collective bargaining by an exclusive representative, or asserting that the designated exclusive representative is no longer the representative of the majority of employees in the unit, the board shall investigate the petition, and if it has reasonable cause to believe that a question of representation exists, provide for an appropriate hearing upon due notice to the parties;

(2) By the employer alleging that one or more employee organizations has presented to it a claim to be recognized as the exclusive representative in an appropriate unit, the board shall investigate the petition, and if it has reasonable cause to believe that a question of representation exists, provide for an appropriate hearing upon due notice to the parties.

If the board finds upon the record of a hearing that a question of representation exists, it shall direct an election and certify the results thereof. No one may vote in an election by proxy. The board shall not certify any exclusive representative without an election in any case in which the public employer has filed a petition for election in accordance with division (A) of this section, except the board may also certify an employee organization as an exclusive representative if it determines that a free and untrammelled election cannot be conducted because of the employer's unfair labor practices and that at one time the employee organization had the support of the majority of the employees in the unit.

(B) Only the names of those employee organizations designated by more than ten per cent of the employees in the unit found to be appropriate may be placed on the ballot. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the waiving of hearings by stipulation, in conformity with the rules of the board, for the purpose of a consent election.

(C) The board shall conduct representation elections by secret ballot cast, at the board's discretion, by mail or electronically or in person, and at times and places selected by the board subject to the following:

(1) The board shall give no less than ten days' notice of the time and place of an election;

(2) The board shall establish rules concerning the conduct of any election including, but not limited to, rules to guarantee the secrecy of the ballot;

(3) The board may not certify a representative unless the representative receives a majority of the valid ballots cast;

(4) Except as provided in this section, the board shall include on the ballot a choice of "no representative";

(5) In an election where none of the choices on the ballot receives a majority, the board shall conduct a runoff election. In that case, the ballot shall provide for a selection between the two choices or parties receiving the highest and the second highest number of ballots cast in the election.

(6) The board may not conduct an election under this section in any appropriate bargaining unit within which a board-conducted election was held in the preceding twelve-month period, nor during the term of any lawful collective bargaining agreement between a public employer and an exclusive representative that was entered into before the effective date of this section.

Petitions for elections may be filed with the board no sooner than one hundred twenty days or later than ninety days before the expiration date of any collective bargaining agreement, or after the expiration date, until the public employer and exclusive representative enter into a new written agreement.

No collective bargaining agreement entered into on or after the effective date of this amendment shall bar the conduct of an election or certification pursuant to a petition that is timely filed in accordance with this section.

For the purposes of this section, extensions of agreements do not affect the expiration date of the original agreement.

Sec. 4117.08.  (A) All matters pertaining to wages, hours, or and terms and other conditions of employment and the continuation, modification, or deletion of an existing provision of a collective bargaining agreement are subject to collective bargaining between the public employer and the exclusive representative, except as otherwise specified in this section and division (E) of section 4117.03 4117.081 of the Revised Code. Any existing provision of a collective bargaining agreement that was modified, renewed, or extended from a prior collective bargaining agreement that does not concern wages, hours, and terms and conditions shall not be a mandatory subject of collective bargaining and shall not be subject to any impasse procedure without the mutual agreement of both the public employer and exclusive representative. The inclusion of a provision in a previous collective bargaining agreement shall not be used as a basis for the provision being determined to concern wages, hours, and terms and conditions.

(B) The following subjects are not appropriate subjects for collective bargaining:

(1) The conduct and grading of civil service examinations, the rating of candidates, the establishment of eligible lists from the examinations, and the original appointments from the eligible lists are not appropriate subjects for collective bargaining;

(2) Health care benefits, except that, subject to division (E) of this section, the amount of the cost of those benefits for which a public employer and the public employees of the public employer pays is an appropriate subject of collective bargaining;

(3) The payment of a contribution by a public employer to the public employees retirement system, the Ohio police and fire pension fund, the state teachers retirement system, the state highway patrol retirement system, or the school employees retirement system on behalf of an employee, contributor, or teacher, as applicable, that the employee, contributor, or teacher otherwise is required to pay;

(4) The privatization of a public employer's services or contracting out of the public employer's work;

(5) The number of employees required to be on duty or employed in any department, division, or facility of a public employer.

(C) Unless a public employer specifically agrees otherwise in an express written provision of a collective bargaining agreement, nothing in Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code impairs the right and responsibility of each public employer to:

(1) Determine matters of inherent managerial policy which include, but are not limited to areas of discretion or policy such as the functions and programs of the public employer, standards of services, its overall budget, utilization of technology, and organizational structure;

(2) Direct, supervise, evaluate, or hire employees;

(3) Maintain and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of governmental operations;

(4) Determine the overall methods, process, means, or personnel by which governmental operations are to be conducted;

(5) Suspend, discipline, demote, or discharge for just cause, or lay off, transfer, assign, schedule, promote, or retain employees;

(6) Determine the adequacy of the work force;

(7) Determine the overall mission of the employer as a unit of government;

(8) Effectively manage the work force;

(9) Take actions to carry out the mission of the public employer as a governmental unit Hire, discharge, transfer, suspend, or discipline employees;

(2) Determine the number of persons required to be employed or laid off;

(3) Determine the qualifications of employees;

(4) Determine the starting and quitting time and the number of hours to be worked by its employees;

(5) Make any and all reasonable rules and regulations;

(6) Determine the work assignments of its employees;

(7) Determine the basis for selection, retention, and promotion of employees;

(8) Determine the type of equipment used and the sequence of work processes, except as provided in division (F) of this section;

(9) Determine the making of technological alterations by revising either process or equipment or both, except as provided in division (F) of this section;

(10) Determine work standards and the quality and quantity of work to be produced;

(11) Select and locate buildings and other facilities;

(12) Establish, expand, transfer, or consolidate work processes and facilities;

(13) Transfer or subcontract work;

(14) Consolidate, merge, or otherwise transfer any or all of its facilities, property processes, or work with or to any other municipal corporation or entity or effect or change in any respect the legal status, management, or responsibility of such property, facilities, processes, or work;

(15) Terminate or eliminate all or any part of its work or facilities.

The employer is not required to bargain on subjects reserved to the management and direction of the governmental unit except as affect wages, hours, terms and conditions of employment, and the continuation, modification, or deletion of an existing provision of a collective bargaining agreement. A public employee or exclusive representative may raise a legitimate complaint or file a grievance based only on the violation of the express written provisions of a collective bargaining agreement.

(D) During negotiations between a public employer and an exclusive representative, the parties shall consider, for purposes of determining the ability of the public employer to pay for any terms agreed to during collective bargaining, only the financial status of the public employer at the time period surrounding the negotiations. When determining whether the employer can pay for those terms, the parties shall consider the employer's inability to pay. The parties shall not consider either of the following when determining the ability of the public employer to pay for those terms:

(1) Any potential future increase in the income of the public employer that would only be possible by the employer raising revenue, including, but not limited to, passing a levy or a bond issue;

(2) The employer's ability to sell assets.

(E) The provision of health care benefits for which the employer is required to pay more than eighty-five per cent of the cost is not an appropriate subject for collective bargaining. No public employer shall agree to a provision that requires the public employer to pay more than eighty-five per cent of the cost paid for health care benefits.

(F) Notwithstanding division (C) of this section, equipment issues directly related to personal safety are subject to collective bargaining.

Sec. 4117.081.  (A) This section applies only to school districts, educational service centers, certain conversion community schools established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code, and STEM schools established under Chapter 3326. of the Revised Code.

(B) No public employer to which this section applies shall enter into a collective bargaining agreement on or after the effective date of this section that does any of the following:

(1) Requires the public employer to employ a minimum number of total personnel or any category of personnel;

(2) Restricts the authority of the public employer or a district or service center superintendent to assign personnel to school buildings or restricts the authority of a building principal to designate the responsibilities and workloads of personnel assigned to the building;

(3) Establishes a maximum number of students who may be assigned to a classroom or teacher;

(4) Prohibits the public employer from making reductions in teachers or nonteaching employees for any applicable reason specified in division (B) of section 124.321 or section 3319.17 or 3319.172 of the Revised Code or in a policy adopted under section 3319.171 of the Revised Code;

(5) Restricts the authority of the public employer, when making personnel reductions, to determine the order of layoffs;

(6) Restricts the authority of the public employer to acquire noneducational services from another public or private entity through competitive bidding;

(7) Restricts the authority of the public employer to acquire any products, programs, or services pursuant to section 3313.841, 3313.842, 3313.843, or 3313.845 of the Revised Code;

(8) Otherwise relinquishes, impairs, or restricts the managerial rights and responsibilities of the public employer described in division (C) of section 4117.08 of the Revised Code.

(C)(1) Except as otherwise provided in division (C)(2) of this section, each collective bargaining agreement entered into on or after the effective date of this section between a public employer to which this section applies and its employees shall comply with all applicable state or local laws or ordinances regarding wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment of public employees.

(2) A collective bargaining agreement entered into on or after the effective date of this section may include a provision that conflicts with an applicable law or ordinance, if the provision establishes benefits that are less than the benefits conferred by the law or ordinance and division (A) of section 4117.10 of the Revised Code does not require that the law or ordinance prevail over the conflicting provision. Any provision of the agreement that conflicts with an applicable law or ordinance and does not meet these requirements shall be void.

(D) Notwithstanding division (A)(5) of section 4117.11 of the Revised Code, a public employer to which this section applies is not required to, and may refuse to, collectively bargain on the continuation, modification, or termination of a provision of an existing collective bargaining agreement.

Sec. 4117.09.  (A) The parties to any collective bargaining agreement shall reduce the agreement to writing and both execute it.

(B) The agreement shall contain a provision that:

(1) Provides for a grievance procedure which may culminate with final and binding arbitration of unresolved grievances, and that are based on the disputed interpretations of the express written provisions of the agreements, and which is valid and enforceable under its terms when entered into in accordance with this chapter. No publication thereof is required to make it effective. A party to the agreement may bring suits for violation of agreements or the enforcement of an award by an arbitrator in the court of common pleas of any county wherein a party resides or transacts business.

(2) Authorizes the public employer to deduct the periodic dues, initiation fees, and assessments of members of the exclusive representative upon presentation of a written deduction authorization by the employee so long as the employee organization has filed and maintained its financial report outlining the organization's expenditures.

(C) The No agreement may contain a provision that requires as a condition of employment, on or after a mutually agreed upon probationary period or sixty days following the beginning of employment, whichever is less, or the effective date of a collective bargaining agreement, whichever is later, that the employees in the unit who are not members of the employee organization pay to the employee organization a fair share fee. The arrangement does not require any employee to become a member of the employee organization, nor shall fair share fees exceed dues paid by members of the employee organization who are in the same bargaining unit. Any public employee organization representing public employees pursuant to this chapter shall prescribe an internal procedure to determine a rebate, if any, for nonmembers which conforms to federal law, provided a nonmember makes a timely demand on the employee organization. Absent arbitrary and capricious action, such determination is conclusive on the parties except that a challenge to the determination may be filed with the state employment relations board within thirty days of the determination date specifying the arbitrary or capricious nature of the determination and the board shall review the rebate determination and decide whether it was arbitrary or capricious. The deduction of a fair share fee by the public employer from the payroll check of the employee and its payment to the employee organization is automatic and does not require the written authorization of the employee.

The internal rebate procedure shall provide for a rebate of expenditures in support of partisan politics or ideological causes not germaine to the work of employee organizations in the realm of collective bargaining.

Any public employee who is a member of and adheres to established and traditional tenets or teachings of a bona fide religion or religious body which has historically held conscientious objections to joining or financially supporting an employee organization and which is exempt from taxation under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code shall not be required to join or financially support any employee organization as a condition of employment. Upon submission of proper proof of religious conviction to the board, the board shall declare the employee exempt from becoming a member of or financially supporting an employee organization. The employee shall be required, in lieu of the fair share fee, to pay an amount of money equal to the fair share fee to a nonreligious charitable fund exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code mutually agreed upon by the employee and the representative of the employee organization to which the employee would otherwise be required to pay the fair share fee. The employee shall furnish to the employee organization written receipts evidencing such payment, and failure to make the payment or furnish the receipts shall subject the employee to the same sanctions as would nonpayment of dues under the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

No public employer shall agree to a provision requiring that a public employee become a member of an employee organization as a condition for securing or retaining employment. Any agreement that purports to require that employees join any exclusive representative is void and unenforceable.

No public employer shall agree to a provision that provides for the payroll deduction for any contributions to a political action committee using any other method than the method prescribed in sections 3517.082, 3517.09, and 3599.031 of the Revised Code.

(D) As used in this division, "teacher" means any employee of a school district certified to teach in the public schools of this state.

The agreement may contain a provision that provides for a peer review plan under which teachers in a bargaining unit or representatives of an employee organization representing teachers may, for other teachers of the same bargaining unit or teachers whom the employee organization represents, participate in assisting, instructing, reviewing, evaluating, or appraising and make recommendations or participate in decisions with respect to the retention, discharge, renewal, or nonrenewal of, the teachers covered by a peer review plan.

The participation of teachers or their employee organization representative in a peer review plan permitted under this division shall not be construed as an unfair labor practice under this chapter or as a violation of any other provision of law or rule adopted pursuant thereto.

(E) No agreement shall contain an expiration date that is later than three years from the date of execution. The parties may extend any agreement, but the extensions do not affect the expiration date of the original agreement.

(F) No public employer shall agree to a provision that requires the public employer, when a reduction in force is necessary, to use an employee's length of service as the only factor to determine whether to lay off the employee.

Sec. 4117.10.  (A) An agreement between a public employer and an exclusive representative entered into pursuant to this chapter governs the wages, hours, and terms and conditions of public employment covered by the agreement. If the agreement provides for a final and binding arbitration of grievances, public employers, employees, and employee organizations are subject solely to that grievance procedure and the state personnel board of review or civil service commissions have no jurisdiction to receive and determine any appeals relating to matters that were the subject of a final and binding grievance procedure. Where no agreement exists or where an agreement makes no specification about a matter, the public employer and public employees are subject to all applicable state or local laws or ordinances pertaining to the wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment for public employees. Laws All of the following prevail over conflicting provisions of agreements between employee organizations and public employers:

(1) Laws pertaining to civil any of the following subjects:

(a) Civil rights, affirmative;

(b) Affirmative action, unemployment;

(c) Unemployment compensation, workers';

(d) Workers' compensation, the;

(e) The retirement of public employees, and residency;

(f) The provision of health care benefits to public employees;

(g) Residency requirements, the;

(h) The minimum educational requirements contained in the Revised Code pertaining to public education including the requirement of a certificate by the fiscal officer of a school district pursuant to section 5705.41 of the Revised Code, the;

(i) The provisions of division (A) of section 124.34 of the Revised Code governing the disciplining of officers and employees who have been convicted of a felony, and the;

(j) The minimum standards promulgated by the state board of education pursuant to division (D) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code prevail over conflicting provisions of agreements between employee organizations and public employers. The

(2) The law pertaining to the leave of absence and compensation provided under section 5923.05 of the Revised Code prevails over any conflicting provisions of such agreements, if the terms of the agreement contain benefits which are less than those contained in that section or the agreement contains no such terms and the public authority is the state or any agency, authority, commission, or board of the state or if the public authority is another entity listed in division (B) of section 4117.01 of the Revised Code that elects to provide leave of absence and compensation as provided in section 5923.05 of the Revised Code. The;

(3) The law pertaining to the leave established under section 5906.02 of the Revised Code prevails over any conflicting provision of an agreement between an employee organization and public employer if the terms of the agreement contain benefits that are less than those contained in section 5906.02 of the Revised Code. Except

Except for sections 306.08, 306.12, 306.35, and 4981.22 of the Revised Code and arrangements entered into thereunder, and section 4981.21 of the Revised Code as necessary to comply with section 13(c) of the "Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964," 87 Stat. 295, 49 U.S.C.A. 1609(c), as amended, and arrangements entered into thereunder, this chapter prevails over any and all other conflicting laws, resolutions, provisions, present or future, except as otherwise specified in this chapter or as otherwise specified by the general assembly. Nothing in this section prohibits or shall be construed to invalidate the provisions of an agreement establishing supplemental workers' compensation or unemployment compensation benefits or exceeding minimum requirements contained in the Revised Code pertaining to public education or the minimum standards promulgated by the state board of education pursuant to division (D) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code.

(B) The public employer shall submit a request for funds necessary to implement an agreement and for approval of any other matter requiring the approval of the appropriate legislative body to the legislative body within fourteen thirty days of the date on which the parties finalize the agreement, unless otherwise specified, but if the appropriate legislative body is not in session at the time, then within fourteen days after it convenes. The legislative body must approve or reject the submission as a whole, and the submission is deemed approved if the legislative body fails to act within thirty days after the public employer submits the agreement. The parties may specify that those provisions of the agreement not requiring action by a legislative body are effective and operative in accordance with the terms of the agreement, provided there has been compliance with division (C) of this section. If the legislative body rejects the submission of the public employer, either party may reopen all or part of the entire agreement.

As used in this section, "legislative body" includes the governing board of a municipal corporation, school district, college or university, village, township, or board of county commissioners or any other body that has authority to approve the budget of their public jurisdiction and, with regard to the state, "legislative body" means the controlling board.

(C) The chief executive officer, or the chief executive officer's representative, of each municipal corporation, the designated representative of the board of education of each school district, college or university, or any other body that has authority to approve the budget of their public jurisdiction, the designated representative of the board of county commissioners and of each elected officeholder of the county whose employees are covered by the collective negotiations, and the designated representative of the village or the board of township trustees of each township is responsible for negotiations in the collective bargaining process; except that the legislative body may accept or reject a proposed collective bargaining agreement. When the matters about which there is agreement are reduced to writing and approved by the employee organization and the legislative body, the agreement is binding upon the legislative body, the employer, and the employee organization and employees covered by the agreement.

(D) Notwithstanding any provision of this section or section 4117.08 of the Revised Code to the contrary, the compensation of a supervisor who is not a member of an employee organization shall not be automatically tied to the compensation negotiated in a collective bargaining agreement that applies to other public employees of the public employer that employs the supervisor.

(E) There is hereby established an office of collective bargaining in the department of administrative services for the purpose of negotiating with and entering into written agreements between state agencies, departments, boards, and commissions and the exclusive representative on matters of wages, hours, terms and other conditions of employment and the continuation, modification, or deletion of an existing provision of a collective bargaining agreement. Nothing in any provision of law to the contrary shall be interpreted as excluding the bureau of workers' compensation and the industrial commission from the preceding sentence. This office shall not negotiate on behalf of other statewide elected officials or boards of trustees of state institutions of higher education who shall be considered as separate public employers for the purposes of this chapter; however, the office may negotiate on behalf of these officials or trustees where authorized by the officials or trustees. The staff of the office of collective bargaining are in the unclassified service. The director of administrative services shall fix the compensation of the staff.

The office of collective bargaining shall:

(1) Assist the director in formulating management's philosophy for public collective bargaining as well as planning bargaining strategies;

(2) Conduct negotiations with the exclusive representatives of each employee organization;

(3) Coordinate the state's resources in all mediation, fact-finding, and arbitration cases as well as in all labor disputes;

(4) Conduct systematic reviews of collective bargaining agreements for the purpose of contract negotiations;

(5) Coordinate the systematic compilation of data by all agencies that is required for negotiating purposes;

(6) Prepare and submit an annual report and other reports as requested to the governor and the general assembly on the implementation of this chapter and its impact upon state government.

Sec. 4117.104. (A) Notwithstanding any provision of section 4117.08 or 4117.10 of the Revised Code to the contrary, no agreement entered into under this chapter on or after the effective date of this section shall prohibit a public employer that the auditor of state has declared to be in a state of fiscal watch from serving a written notice pursuant to section 4117.14 of the Revised Code to modify a collective bargaining agreement so that salary or benefit increases, or both, are suspended.

(B) Notwithstanding any provision of section 4117.08 or 4117.10 of the Revised Code to the contrary, no agreement entered into under this chapter on or after the effective date of this section shall prohibit a public employer that the governor or auditor of state has declared to be in a state of fiscal emergency or in the case of a state university or college, that a conservator has been appointed for, from serving a written notice to terminate, modify, or negotiate a collective bargaining agreement pursuant to section 4117.14 of the Revised Code.

(C) Each agreement entered into under this chapter on or after the effective date of this section shall contain a statement that the agreement may be terminated, modified, or negotiated in accordance with this section.

(D) If the public employer sends a notice as described in this section, the parties may collectively bargain and enter into a new collective bargaining agreement pursuant to section 4117.14 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 4117.105.  Notwithstanding any provision of section 4117.08 or 4117.10 of the Revised Code to the contrary, no agreement entered into or renewed under this chapter on or after the effective date of this section shall contain any provision that in any way prohibits a public employer from entering into a contract with another public or private sector entity to privatize the public employer's services or the contracting out of the public employer's work. No such agreement shall contain any provisions that cause the public employer to do any of the following:

(A) Retain existing employees as employees of the public employer if their work is privatized or subcontracted to another entity;

(B) Pay any additional payments to employees who may be laid off as the result of such privatization or subcontracting, except for payments for accumulated time or leave credits that would normally be paid by the public employer to any other employee who is laid off for reasons other than the subcontracting or privatization of their work.

Any provision inconsistent with this section that is contained in an agreement entered into or renewed on or after the effective date of this section is void and unenforceable.

Sec. 4117.106.  Notwithstanding any provision of section 4117.08 or 4117.10 of the Revised Code to the contrary, no agreement entered into or renewed under this chapter on or after the effective date of this section shall contain any provision that does any of the following:

(A) Limits a public employer in determining the number of employees it employs or has working at any time, in any facility, building, classroom, on any work shift, or on any piece of equipment or vehicle, except that an agreement may contain provisions regarding certain equipment issues in accordance with division (F) of section 4117.08 of the Revised Code;

(B) Provides for the public employer to pay any portion of a public employee's state pension contributions or payments as described in division (B) of section 4117.08 of the Revised Code;

(C) Provides for an hourly overtime payment rate that exceeds the overtime rate required by the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, 52 Stat. 1060, 29 U.S.C. 207;

(D) Requires the public employer to adhere to, follow, or continue any practices or benefits not specifically set forth in the specific written provisions of the agreement.

Any provision inconsistent with this section that is contained in an agreement entered into or renewed on or after the effective date of this section is void and unenforceable.

Sec. 4117.107.  (A) Notwithstanding any provision of section 4117.08 or 4117.10 of the Revised Code to the contrary, no agreement entered into or renewed under this chapter on or after the effective date of this section shall contain any provisions that do any of the following:

(1) Provide for any supplemental wage payments based on length of employment to any employee participating in the deferred retirement option plan;

(2) Provide for any annual paid vacation leave earning in excess of five weeks to any employee participating in the deferred retirement option plan;

(3) Provide for the ability of any employee participating in the deferred retirement option plan to carry over vacation leave from one year to another that exceeds a total accumulation of the equivalent of three years vacation leave;

(4) Provide the basis for the payment to any employee participating in the deferred retirement option plan of any accumulated paid leave, including, but not limited to, sick leave, vacation leave, and compensatory time, that is based on an employee's hourly wage rate greater than the employee's wage rate on the date the employee commenced participating in the deferred retirement option plan.

(B) Notwithstanding any other provisions of the Revised Code, the police and fire pension fund shall notify the public employer of the respective employee of the date upon which the employee entered the deferred retirement option plan and shall notify the public employer of the date any employee entered the deferred retirement option plan prior to the effective date of this section.

Sec. 4117.108.  (A) Notwithstanding any provision of section 4117.08 or 4117.10 of the Revised Code to the contrary, no agreement entered into or renewed under this chapter on or after the effective date of this section shall contain any provision that exceeds the annual earnings or accrual rate of the following leave credits:

(1) For vacation leave a maximum annual accumulation of six weeks paid vacation prior to twenty years of continuous service;

(2) For compensated holidays a maximum annual earning of twelve paid holidays;

(3) For compensated personal days a maximum annual earning of three paid personal days.

(B) For purposes of this section, "day" means eight working hours and "week" means forty working hours for employees working a normally scheduled work week. Those employees working a work week that exceeds or is less than forty hours shall have the number of hours per day or week increased or reduced proportionately based on the difference in hours between the employee's average work week and forty hours.

Sec. 4117.109.  Notwithstanding any provision of section 4117.08 or 4117.10 of the Revised Code to the contrary, no agreement entered into or renewed under this chapter on or after the effective date of this section shall contain any provision for the exchange or sell-back of a public employee's accumulated paid sick leave balance with the public employee's public employer at the public employee's final retirement or death that provides for a cash payment that exceeds fifty per cent of the public employee's total sick leave accumulations. No payment made pursuant to this section shall be made for accumulated sick leave in excess of one thousand hours. Such payment shall be based upon the public employee's hourly rate of pay at time of final retirement, unless the employee is a member of the police and fire pension fund and participates in the deferred retirement option plan. If the public employee is a member of the police and fire pension fund and the public employee participates in the deferred retirement option plan, the payment shall be based upon the public employee's hourly rate in effect at the time the employee entered the deferred retirement option plan. For purposes of this section, "final retirement" means when an employee retires and is immediately eligible to receive pension benefits by satisfying the normal length of service and age qualifications or as a result of disability.

Sec. 4117.11.  (A) It is an unfair labor practice for a public employer, its agents, or representatives to:

(1) Interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed in Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code or an employee organization in the selection of its representative for the purposes of collective bargaining or the adjustment of grievances;

(2) Initiate, create, dominate, or interfere with the formation or administration of any employee organization, or contribute financial or other support to it; except that a public employer may permit employees to confer with it during working hours without loss of time or pay, permit the exclusive representative to use the facilities of the public employer for membership or other meetings, or permit the exclusive representative to use the internal mail system or other internal communications system;

(3) Discriminate in regard to hire or tenure of employment or any term or condition of employment on the basis of the exercise of rights guaranteed by Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code. Nothing precludes any employer from making and enforcing an agreement pursuant to division (C) of section 4117.09 of the Revised Code.

(4) Discharge or otherwise discriminate against an employee because he the employee has filed charges or given testimony under Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code;

(5) Refuse to bargain collectively with the representative of his the employer's employees recognized as the exclusive representative or certified pursuant to Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code;

(6) Establish a pattern or practice of repeated failures to timely process grievances and requests for arbitration of grievances;

(7) Lock out or otherwise prevent employees from performing their regularly assigned duties where an the object thereof is to bring pressure on the employees or an employee organization to compromise or capitulate to the employer's terms regarding a labor relations dispute;

(8) Cause or attempt to cause an employee organization, its agents, or representatives to violate division (B) of this section.

(B) It is an unfair labor practice for an employee organization, its agents, or representatives, or public employees to:

(1) Restrain or coerce employees or public employers in the exercise of the rights guaranteed in Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code, including the public employer's selection of the public employer's representative for the purpose of collective negotiations or the adjustment of grievances. This division does not impair the right of an employee organization to prescribe its own rules with respect to the acquisition or retention of membership therein, or an employer in the selection of his representative for the purpose of collective brgaining or the adjustment of grievances.

(2) Cause or attempt to cause an employer to violate division (A) of this section;

(3) Refuse to bargain collectively with a public employer if the employee organization is recognized as the exclusive representative or certified as the exclusive representative of public employees in a bargaining unit;

(4) Call, institute, maintain, or conduct a boycott against any public employer, or picket any place of business of a public employer, on account of any jurisdictional work dispute;

(5) Induce or encourage any individual employed by any person to engage in a strike in violation of Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code or refusal to handle goods or perform services; or threaten, coerce, or restrain any person where an object thereof is to force or require any public employee to cease dealing or doing business with any other person, or force or require a public employer to recognize for representation purposes an employee organization not certified by the state employment relations board, or induce or encourage any individual to engage in a secondary boycott whether under the existing agreement or as part of another employee organization's concerted activity, whether in the public or private sector;

(6) Fail to fairly represent all public employees in a bargaining unit;

(7) Induce or encourage any individual in connection with a labor relations dispute to picket the residence or any place of private employment of any public official or representative of the public employer;

(8) Engage in any picketing, striking, or other concerted refusal to work without;

(9) Engage in any picketing without giving written notice to the public employer and to the state employment relations board not less than ten days prior to the action picket. The notice shall state the date and time that the action picket will commence and, once the notice is given, the parties may extend it by the written agreement of both.

(10) Insist that a permissive subject of collective bargaining be bargained to impasse.

(C) The expressing of any views, argument, or opinion, or the dissemination thereof, whether in written, printed, graphic, or visual form, shall not constitute or be evidence of an unfair labor practice under this chapter, if that expression contains no threat of reprisal or force or promise of benefit.

(D) The determination by the board or any court that a public officer or employee has committed any of the acts prohibited by divisions (A) and (B) of this section shall not be made the basis of any charge for the removal from office or recall of the public officer or the suspension from or termination of employment of or disciplinary acts against an employee, nor shall the officer or employee be found subject to any suit for damages based on such a determination; however nothing in this division prevents any party to a collective bargaining agreement from seeking enforcement or damages for a violation thereof against the other party to the agreement.

(D)(E) As to jurisdictional work disputes, the board shall hear and determine the dispute unless, within ten days after notice to the board by a party to the dispute that a dispute exists, the parties to the dispute submit to the board satisfactory evidence that they have adjusted, or agreed upon the method for the voluntary adjustment of, the dispute.

Sec. 4117.12.  (A) Whoever violates section 4117.11 of the Revised Code is guilty of an unfair labor practice remediable by the state employment relations board as specified in this section.

(B) When anyone files a charge with the board alleging that an unfair labor practice has been committed, the board or its designated agent shall investigate the charge. If the board has probable cause for believing that a violation has occurred, the board shall issue a complaint and shall conduct a hearing concerning the charge. The board shall cause the complaint to be served upon the charged party which shall contain a notice of the time at which the hearing on the complaint will be held either before the board, a board member, or an administrative law judge. The board may not issue a notice of hearing based upon any unfair labor practice occurring more than ninety days prior to the filing of the charge with the board, unless the person aggrieved thereby is prevented from filing the charge by reason of service in the armed forces, in which event the ninety-day period shall be computed from the day of the person's discharge. If the board dismisses a complaint as frivolous, it shall assess costs to the complainant pursuant to its standards governing such matters, and for that purpose, the board shall adopt a rule defining the standards by which the board will declare a complaint to be frivolous and the costs that will be assessed accordingly.

(1) The board, board member, or administrative law judge shall hold a hearing on the charge within ten days after service of the complaint. The board may amend a complaint, upon receipt of a notice from the charging party, at any time prior to the close of the hearing, and the charged party shall within ten days from receipt of the complaint or amendment to the complaint, file an answer to the complaint or amendment to the complaint. The charged party may file an answer to an original or amended complaint. The failure to file or timely file an answer shall not be construed as any admission against the nonresponding party and the party may present its response or challenge to the charge at any time prior to the hearing. The charging party or the charging party's representative, the agents of the board, and the person charged are parties and may appear or otherwise give evidence at the hearing. At the discretion of the board, board member, or administrative law judge, any interested party may intervene and present evidence at the hearing. The board, board member, or administrative law judge is not bound by the rules of evidence prevailing in the courts.

(2) A board member or administrative law judge who conducts the hearing shall reduce the evidence taken to writing and file it with the board. The board member or the administrative law judge may thereafter take further evidence or hear further argument if notice is given to all interested parties. The administrative law judge or board member shall issue to the parties a proposed decision, together with a recommended order and file it with the board. If the parties file no exceptions within twenty days after service thereof, the recommended order becomes the order of the board effective as therein prescribed. If the parties file exceptions to the proposed report, the board shall determine whether substantial issues have been raised. The board may rescind or modify the proposed order of the board member or administrative law judge; the board may consider any issues raised by a party, however, if the board determines that the exceptions do not raise substantial issues of fact or law, it may refuse to grant review, and the recommended order becomes effective as therein prescribed.

(3) If upon the preponderance of the evidence taken, the board believes that any person named in the complaint has engaged in any unfair labor practice, the board shall state its findings of fact and issue and cause to be served on the person an order requiring that the person cease and desist from these unfair labor practices, and take such affirmative action, including reinstatement of employees with or without back pay, as will effectuate the policies of Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code. If upon a preponderance of the evidence taken, the board believes that the person named in the complaint has not engaged in an unfair labor practice it shall state its findings of fact and issue an order dismissing the complaint.

(4) The board may order the public employer to reinstate the public employee and further may order either the public employer or the employee organization, depending on who was responsible for the discrimination suffered by the public employee, to make such payment of back pay to the public employee as the board determines. In the event the board determines the employee organization has violated division (B)(4), (5), (7), or (8) of section 4117.11 of the Revised Code, the board shall order the suspension of the payment of dues or fees to the employee organization for the greater of thirty days or two times the duration of the illegal activity. No order of the board shall require the reinstatement of any individual as an employee who has been suspended or discharged, or require the payment to the employee of any back pay, if the suspension or discharge was for just cause and the predominant basis for the suspension or discharge was not related to rights provided in section 4117.03 of the Revised Code and the procedure contained in the collective bargaining agreement governing suspension or discharge was followed. The order of the board may require the party against whom the order is issued to make periodic reports showing the extent to which the party has complied with the order.

(C) Whenever a complaint alleges that a person has engaged in an unfair labor practice and that the complainant will suffer substantial and irreparable injury if not granted temporary relief, the board may petition the court of common pleas for any county wherein the alleged unfair labor practice in question occurs, or wherein any person charged with the commission of any unfair labor practice resides or transacts business for appropriate injunctive relief, pending the final adjudication by the board with respect to the matter. Upon the filing of any petition, the court shall cause notice thereof to be served upon the parties, and thereupon has jurisdiction to grant the temporary relief or restraining order it considers just and proper.

(D) Until the record in a case is filed in a court, as specified in Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code, the board may at any time upon reasonable notice and in a manner it considers proper, modify or set aside, in whole or in part, any finding or order made or issued by it.

Sec. 4117.13.  (A) The state employment relations board or the complaining party may petition the court of common pleas for any county wherein an unfair labor practice occurs, or wherein any person charged with the commission of any unfair labor practice resides or transacts business, for the enforcement of the order and for appropriate temporary relief or restraining order. The board shall certify and file in the court a transcript of the entire record in the proceeding, including the pleadings and evidence upon which the order was entered and the findings and order of the board. When the board petitions the court, the complaining party may intervene in the case as a matter of right. Upon the filing, the court shall cause notice thereof to be served upon the person charged with committing the unfair labor practice and thereupon has jurisdiction of the proceeding and the question determined therein. The court may grant the temporary relief or restraining order it deems just and proper, and make and enter upon the pleadings, evidence, and proceedings set forth in the transcript a decree enforcing, modifying, and enforcing as so modified, or setting aside in whole or in part the order of the board.

(B) The findings of the board as to the facts, if supported by substantial evidence, on the record as a whole, are conclusive. If either party applies to the court for leave to adduce additional evidence and shows to the satisfaction of the court that the additional evidence is material and that there exist reasonable grounds for the failure to adduce the evidence in the hearing before the board, its member or agent, the court may order the board, its member, or agent to take the additional evidence, and make it a part of the transcript. The board may modify its findings as to the facts, or make new findings, by reason of additional evidence so taken and filed, and it shall file the modified or new findings, which, if supported by the evidence, are conclusive and shall file its recommendations, if any, for the modifying or setting aside of its original order.

(C) The jurisdiction of the court is exclusive and its judgment and decree final, except that the same is subject to review on questions of law as in civil cases.

(D) Any person aggrieved by any final order of the board granting or denying, in whole or in part, the relief sought may appeal to the court of common pleas of any county where the unfair labor practice in question was alleged to have been engaged in, or where the person resides or principally transacts business, by filing in the court a notice of appeal setting forth the order appealed from and the grounds of appeal. The court shall cause a copy of the notice to be served forthwith upon the board and all other parties. Within ten days after the court receives a notice of appeal, the board shall file in the court a transcript of the entire record in the proceeding, certified by the board, including the pleading and evidence upon which the order appealed from was entered.

The court has exclusive jurisdiction to grant the temporary relief or restraining order it considers proper, and to make and enter a decree enforcing, modifying, and enforcing as so modified, or setting aside in whole or in part the order of the board. The findings of the board as to the facts, if supported by substantial evidence on the record as a whole, are conclusive.

(E) The commencement of proceedings under division (A) or (D) of this section does not, unless specifically ordered by the court, operate as a stay of the board's order.

(F) Courts of common pleas shall hear appeals under Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code expeditiously presented and where good cause is shown give precedence to them over all other civil matters except earlier matters of the same character.

Sec. 4117.14.  (A) The procedures contained in this section govern the settlement of disputes between an exclusive representative and a public employer concerning the termination or modification of an existing collective bargaining agreement or negotiation of a successor agreement, or the negotiation of an initial collective bargaining agreement.

(B)(1) In those cases where there exists a collective bargaining agreement, any public employer or exclusive representative desiring to terminate, modify, or negotiate a successor collective bargaining agreement shall:

(a) Serve written notice upon the other party of the proposed termination, modification, or successor agreement. The party must serve the notice not less than sixty one hundred five days prior to the expiration date of the existing agreement or, in the event the existing collective bargaining agreement does not contain an expiration date, not less than sixty one hundred five days prior to the time it is proposed to make the termination or modifications or to make effective a successor agreement.

(b) Offer to bargain collectively with the other party for the purpose of modifying or terminating any existing agreement or negotiating a successor agreement not less than one hundred five days prior to the expiration date of the existing agreement;

(c) Notify the state employment relations board of the offer by serving upon the board a copy of the written notice to the other party and a copy of the existing collective bargaining agreement not less than one hundred five days prior to the expiration date of the existing agreement.

(2) In the case of initial negotiations between a public employer and an exclusive representative, where a collective bargaining agreement has not been in effect between the parties, any party may serve notice upon the board and the other party setting forth the names and addresses of the parties and offering to meet, for a period of ninety one hundred twenty days, with the other party for the purpose of negotiating a collective bargaining agreement.

If the settlement procedures specified in For purposes of divisions (B), (C), and (D) of this section govern the parties, where the procedures in those procedures divisions refer to the expiration of a collective bargaining agreement, it means the expiration of the sixty-day one hundred five-day period to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement referred to in this subdivision, or in the case of initial negotiations, it means the ninety one-hundred-twenty-day period referred to in this subdivision.

(3) The parties shall continue in full force and effect all the terms and conditions of any existing collective bargaining agreement, without resort to strike or lock-out, for a period of sixty one hundred five days after the party gives notice or until the expiration date of the collective bargaining agreement, whichever occurs later, or for a period of ninety one hundred twenty days where applicable.

(4) Upon Except as otherwise provided in division (B)(4) of this section, upon receipt of the notice, the parties shall enter into collective bargaining. Notwithstanding divisions (A)(5) and (B)(3) of section 4117.11 of the Revised Code, neither a public employer nor an exclusive representative is required to, and may refuse to, collectively bargain on the continuation, modification, or termination of a provision of an existing agreement.

(C) In the event the parties are unable to reach an agreement, they may submit, at any time prior to forty-five days before the expiration date of the collective bargaining agreement, the issues in dispute to any mutually agreed upon dispute settlement procedure which supersedes the procedures contained in this section.

(1) The procedures may include:

(a) Conventional arbitration of all unsettled issues;

(b) Arbitration confined to a choice between the last offer of each party to the agreement as a single package;

(c) Arbitration confined to a choice of the last offer of each party to the agreement on each issue submitted;

(d) The procedures described in division (C)(1)(a), (b), or (c) of this section and including among the choices for the arbitrator, the recommendations of the fact finder, if there are recommendations, either as a single package or on each issue submitted;

(e) Settlement by a citizens' conciliation council composed of three residents within the jurisdiction of the public employer. The public employer shall select one member and the exclusive representative shall select one member. The two members selected shall select the third member who shall chair the council. If the two members cannot agree upon a third member within five days after their appointments, the board shall appoint the third member. Once appointed, the council shall make a final settlement of the issues submitted to it pursuant to division (G) of this section.

(f) Any other dispute settlement procedure mutually agreed to by the parties.

(2) If, fifty seventy-five days before the expiration date of the collective bargaining agreement, the parties are unable to reach an agreement, any party may request the state employment relations board to intervene. The request shall set forth the names and addresses of the parties, the issues involved, and, if applicable, the expiration date of any agreement.

The board shall intervene and investigate the dispute to determine whether the parties have engaged in collective bargaining.

If an impasse exists or forty-five seventy days before the expiration date of the collective bargaining agreement if one exists, the board shall appoint a mediator to assist the parties in the collective bargaining process.

When the board appoints a mediator pursuant to division (C) of this section, the board and the public employer promptly shall post in a conspicuous location on the web site maintained by the board or public employer, respectively, the terms of the last collective bargaining agreement offered by the public employer and the terms of the last collective bargaining agreement offered by the exclusive representative.

(3)(1) Any time after the appointment of a mediator, either party may request the appointment of a fact-finding panel finder. Within fifteen days after receipt of a request for a fact-finding panel finder, the board shall appoint a fact-finding panel of not more than three members finder who have has been selected by the parties in accordance with rules established by the board, from a list of qualified persons maintained by the board. If no agreement exists forty-five days before the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement if one exists, the board shall appoint a fact-finder. If a fact-finder is appointed pursuant to division (C)(1) of this section, the board and the public employer promptly shall post in a conspicuous location on the web site maintained by the board or public employer, respectively, the terms of the last collective bargaining agreement offered by the public employer and the terms of the last collective bargaining agreement offered by the exclusive representative.

(a) The fact-finding panel finder shall, in accordance with rules and procedures established by the board that include the regulation of costs and expenses of fact-finding, gather facts and make recommendations for the resolution of the matter. The board shall by its rules require each party to specify in writing the unresolved issues and its position on each issue to the fact-finding panel finder. The fact-finding panel finder shall make final recommendations as to all the unresolved issues.

(b) The board may continue mediation, order the parties to engage in collective bargaining until the expiration date of the agreement, or both.

(4)(2) The following guidelines apply to fact-finding:

(a) The fact-finding panel finder may establish times and place of hearings which shall be, where feasible, in the jurisdiction of the state.

(b) The fact-finding panel finder shall conduct the hearing pursuant to rules established by the board.

(c) Upon request of the fact-finding panel finder, the board shall issue subpoenas for hearings conducted by the panel.

(d) The fact-finding panel finder may administer oaths.

(e) The board shall prescribe guidelines for the fact-finding panel finder to follow in making findings. In making its recommendations, the fact-finding panel finder shall take into consideration all of the following factors listed in divisions (G)(7)(a) to (f) of this section:

(i) Past collectively bargained agreements, if any, between the parties;

(ii) Comparison of the issues submitted to fact-finding relative to the employees in the bargaining unit involved with those issues related to other public and private employees doing comparable work, giving consideration to factors peculiar to the area and classification involved;

(iii) As the primary consideration, the interests and welfare of the public and the ability of the public employer to pay for, consistent with division (D) of section 4117.08 of the Revised Code, and administer the issues proposed;

(iv) The lawful authority of the public employer;

(v) The stipulations of the parties;

(vi) The compensation paid by the public employer to the public employer's public employees who are not members of the bargaining unit represented by the exclusive representative or who are members of that bargaining unit but are not members of the exclusive representative;

(vii) The effect of the recommendations on the public employer's employer-wide collective bargaining program and practices, and the potential increases in cost to the public employer;

(viii) Such other factors, not confined to those listed in this section, that are normally or traditionally taken into consideration in the determination of the issues submitted to final offer settlement through voluntary collective bargaining, mediation, fact-finding, or other impasse resolution procedures in the public service or in private employment.

(f) The fact-finding panel finder may attempt mediation at any time during the fact-finding process. From the time of appointment until the fact-finding panel finder makes a final recommendation, it shall not discuss the recommendations for settlement of the dispute with parties other than the direct parties to the dispute.

(5)(3) The fact-finding panel, acting by a majority of its members, finder shall transmit its findings of fact and recommendations on the unresolved issues to the public employer and employee organization involved and to the board no later than fourteen days after the appointment of the fact-finding panel, unless the parties mutually agree to an extension fifteen days prior to the date the collective bargaining agreement expires. The fact-finder shall include with its findings of fact and recommendations a written report explaining how each of the factors listed in division (C)(2)(e) of this section factored into the finder's findings of fact and recommendations. The parties shall share the cost of the fact-finding panel finder in a manner agreed to by the parties.

(6)(4)(a) Not later than seven fifteen days after the findings and recommendations are sent or after the collective bargaining agreement expires, whichever occurs earlier, the legislative body, by a three-fifths majority vote of its total membership, and in the case of the public employee organization, the membership, by a three-fifths majority vote of the total membership, may reject the recommendations; if. If neither rejects the recommendations, the recommendations shall be deemed agreed upon as the final resolution of the issues submitted and a collective bargaining agreement shall be executed between the parties, including the fact-finding panel's finder's recommendations, except as otherwise modified by the parties by mutual agreement. If either the legislative body or the public employee organization rejects the recommendations, the board shall publicize the findings of fact and recommendations of the fact-finding panel finder. The board shall adopt rules governing the procedures and methods for public employees to vote on the recommendations of the fact-finding panel finder.

(b) As used in division (C)(6)(4)(a) of this section, "legislative body" means the controlling board when the state or any of its agencies, authorities, commissions, boards, or other branch of public employment is party to the fact-finding process.

(D)(1) If the parties are unable to reach agreement within seven five days after the publication of findings and recommendations from the fact-finding panel fact-finder or within five days after the collective bargaining agreement, if one exists, has expired, then the:

(1) Public employees, who are members of a police or fire department, members of the state highway patrol, deputy sheriffs, dispatchers employed by a police, fire or sheriff's department or the state highway patrol or civilian dispatchers employed by a public employer other than a police, fire, or sheriff's department to dispatch police, fire, sheriff's department, or emergency medical or rescue personnel and units, an exclusive nurse's unit, employees of the state school for the deaf or the state school for the blind, employees of any public employee retirement system, corrections officers, guards at penal or mental institutions, special police officers appointed in accordance with sections 5119.14 and 5123.13 of the Revised Code, psychiatric attendants employed at mental health forensic facilities, youth leaders employed at juvenile correctional facilities, or members of a law enforcement security force that is established and maintained exclusively by a board of county commissioners and whose members are employed by that board, shall submit the matter to a final offer settlement procedure pursuant to a board order issued forthwith to the parties to settle by a conciliator selected by the parties. The parties shall request from the board a list of five qualified conciliators and the parties shall select a single conciliator from the list by alternate striking of names. If the parties cannot agree upon a conciliator within five days after the board order, the board shall on the sixth day after its order appoint a conciliator from a list of qualified persons maintained by the board or shall request a list of qualified conciliators from the American arbitration association and appoint therefrom.

(2) Public employees other than those listed in division (D)(1) of this section have the right to strike under Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code provided that the employee organization representing the employees has given a ten-day prior written notice of an intent to strike to the public employer and to the board, and further provided that the strike is for full, consecutive work days and the beginning date of the strike is at least ten work days after the ending date of the most recent prior strike involving the same bargaining unit; however, the board, at its discretion, may attempt mediation at any time.

(E) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the parties, at any time, from voluntarily agreeing to submit any or all of the issues in dispute to any other alternative dispute settlement procedure. An agreement or statutory requirement to arbitrate or to settle a dispute pursuant to a final offer settlement procedure and the award issued in accordance with the agreement or statutory requirement is enforceable in the same manner as specified in division (B) of section 4117.09 of the Revised Code.

(F) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a party from seeking enforcement of a collective bargaining agreement or a conciliator's award as specified in division (B) of section 4117.09 of the Revised Code.

(G) The following guidelines apply to final offer settlement proceedings under division (D)(1) of this section:

(1) The parties shall submit to final offer settlement those issues that are subject to collective bargaining as provided by section 4117.08 of the Revised Code and upon which the parties have not reached agreement and other matters mutually agreed to by the public employer and the exclusive representative; except that the conciliator may attempt mediation at any time.

(2) The conciliator shall hold a hearing within thirty days of the board's order to submit to a final offer settlement procedure, or as soon thereafter as is practicable.

(3) The conciliator shall conduct the hearing pursuant to rules developed by the board. The conciliator shall establish the hearing time and place, but it shall be, where feasible, within the jurisdiction of the state. Not later than five calendar days before the hearing, each of the parties shall submit to the conciliator, to the opposing party, and to the board, a written report summarizing the unresolved issues, the party's final offer as to the issues, and the rationale for that position.

(4) Upon the request by the conciliator, the board shall issue subpoenas for the hearing.

(5) The conciliator may administer oaths.

(6) The conciliator shall hear testimony from the parties and provide for a written record to be made of all statements at the hearing. The board shall submit for inclusion in the record and for consideration by the conciliator the written report and recommendation of the fact-finders.

(7) After hearing, the conciliator shall resolve the dispute between the parties by selecting, on an issue-by-issue basis, from between each of the party's final settlement offers, taking into consideration the following:

(a) Past collectively bargained agreements, if any, between the parties;

(b) Comparison of the issues submitted to final offer settlement relative to the employees in the bargaining unit involved with those issues related to other public and private employees doing comparable work, giving consideration to factors peculiar to the area and classification involved;

(c) The interests and welfare of the public, the ability of the public employer to finance and administer the issues proposed, and the effect of the adjustments on the normal standard of public service;

(d) The lawful authority of the public employer;

(e) The stipulations of the parties;

(f) Such other factors, not confined to those listed in this section, which are normally or traditionally taken into consideration in the determination of the issues submitted to final offer settlement through voluntary collective bargaining, mediation, fact-finding, or other impasse resolution procedures in the public service or in private employment.

(8) Final offer settlement awards made under Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code are subject to Chapter 2711. of the Revised Code.

(9) If more than one conciliator is used, the determination must be by majority vote.

(10) The conciliator shall make written findings of fact and promulgate a written opinion and order upon the issues presented to the conciliator, and upon the record made before the conciliator and shall mail or otherwise deliver a true copy thereof to the parties and the board.

(11) Increases in rates of compensation and other matters with cost implications awarded by the conciliator may be effective only at the start of the fiscal year next commencing after the date of the final offer settlement award; provided that if a new fiscal year has commenced since the issuance of the board order to submit to a final offer settlement procedure, the awarded increases may be retroactive to the commencement of the new fiscal year. The parties may, at any time, amend or modify a conciliator's award or order by mutual agreement.

(12) The parties shall bear equally the cost of the final offer settlement procedure.

(13) Conciliators appointed pursuant to this section shall be residents of the state.

(H) All final offer settlement awards and orders of the conciliator made pursuant to Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code are subject to review by the court of common pleas having jurisdiction over the public employer as provided in Chapter 2711. of the Revised Code. If the public employer is located in more than one court of common pleas district, the court of common pleas in which the principal office of the chief executive is located has jurisdiction.

(I) The issuance of a final offer settlement award constitutes a binding mandate to the public employer and the exclusive representative to take whatever actions are necessary to implement the award. chief executive officer of the public employer involved shall submit to the legislative body of the public employer a copy of the public employer's last best offer, and the exclusive representative shall submit the exclusive representative's last best offer.

(2) After receiving the submissions required under division (D)(1) of this section, the legislative body or a duly authorized committee of the legislative body shall conduct a hearing, within fifteen days after the date the collective bargaining agreement expires, at which the parties shall be required to explain their positions with respect to the report of the fact-finder. After receipt of the submissions and prior to the hearing, the legislative body shall have the chief financial officer of the legislative body determine which last best offer costs more. The chief financial officer shall certify the results of the determination to the legislative body. The legislative body shall hold the hearing open to the public and shall not deem the hearing an executive session of the legislative body. Upon the conclusion of the hearing, the legislative body shall vote, within fifteen days after the date the collective bargaining agreement expires, to accept either the last best offer of the exclusive representative or the last best offer of the public employer. Increases in rates of compensation and other matters with cost implications may be effective only at the start of the fiscal year next commencing after the date of the decision of the legislative body under this division; provided that if a new fiscal year has commenced since the submission to the legislative body for a decision under this division, the awarded increases may be retroactive to the commencement of the new fiscal year. The parties shall execute a collective bargaining agreement that represents the last best offer chosen by the legislative body and that agreement shall be effective for a term of three years. If, by reason of a tie vote, or for any other reason, the legislative body does not accept either last best offer within fifteen days after the date the collective bargaining agreement expires, then the public employer's last best offer becomes the agreement between the parties, and that agreement shall be effective for a term of three years.

(3) As used in division (D) of this section, "legislative body" means any of the following:

(a) With respect to the state or any agency, authority, commission, or board of the state, the controlling board;

(b) With respect to a state institution of higher education, the board of trustees of the institution;

(c) With respect to public employees who are members of an exclusive nurses unit and who are employed by a hospital, the board of trustees of the hospital.

Sec. 4117.141. (A) This section shall apply to an agreement involving a public employer that has a defined geographic area located within this state. This section does not apply to a public employer that is the state, a state institution of higher education, or a public employer that does not have a defined geographic area within this state.

(B) Within three days after the legislative body selects a last best offer under division (D) of section 4117.14 of the Revised Code or the public employer's last best offer becomes the agreement due to the failure of the legislative body to make a selection as described under that division, as applicable, the chief financial officer of the legislative body of the public employer shall determine whether sufficient revenues exist to cover the agreement.

(C) If the legislative body selects the last best offer that the chief financial officer determines costs more and if the chief financial officer determines that insufficient funds exist or refuses to make the determination required under division (B) of this section, either party to the agreement or any constituent who resides within the geographical area of the public employer that is a party to the agreement may submit the last best offer from each party that was submitted to the legislative body under division (D) of section 4117.14 of the Revised Code to the electors in accordance with this division and division (D) of this section. The party or constituent shall submit to the board the signatures of either five per cent of the number of electors within that area that voted in the most recent gubernatorial election or one hundred electors who reside in the geographic area, whichever is greater. The petition for collecting the signatures shall include a summary of each last best offer. The signatures shall comply with the requirements of sections 3501.38 and 3519.10 of the Revised Code. The signatures shall be submitted not later than seventy-five days prior to the date of the election described in division (D) of this section. If the petition contains the required number of signatures, the board shall submit the last best offers to the electors as described in division (D) of this section.

(D) If the last best offers are required to be submitted to the electors under division (C) of this section, the board shall place the question described in this division on the ballot at the next succeeding general election or at a special election on the day of the next succeeding primary election in any year occurring subsequent to seventy-five days after the petition is filed under division (C) of this section. The ballot language shall include the summaries required under division (E) of this section and the following question:

"Vote for not more than one:

The union's labor contract proposal

The (name of public employer) labor contract proposal"

Only electors who reside within the jurisdiction of the public employer are eligible to vote on the issue. The board shall place a copy of each last best offer at each polling location at which the electors vote on the issue.

(E) Each party to the agreement shall prepare a summary of their respective last best offers, and the board shall include those summaries in the ballot language. All summaries prepared under this division shall be filed with the appropriate board of elections not later than sixty-five days before the date of the election. No summary shall exceed three hundred words.

The legislative body of the public employer shall post on the web site of the legislative body the full text of each last best offer submitted to the legislative body under division (D) of section 4117.14 of the Revised Code.

(F) Notice of the election shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the applicable voting area once a week for two consecutive weeks prior to the election, and if the board of elections maintains a web site, the board shall post notice of the election on the web site for thirty days prior to the election. Each notice shall contain the summaries required under division (E) of this section.

(G) The election shall be conducted, canvassed, and certified in the same manner as regular elections. The last best offer receiving a majority of the votes cast in the election shall become the agreement of the parties. The parties shall enter into the agreement in accordance with the last best offer upon certification by the board of the results of the election. The public employer and exclusive representative shall be subject to the last best offer selected by the electors for three years after the date the results of the election are certified.

(H) During the time period between the date that the question is required to appear on the ballot under division (C) of this section and the date the board certifies the results of the election, the parties shall implement the provisions of the public employer's last best offer.

(I) Any agreement entered into under this chapter on or after the effective date of this section by a public employer that is subject to this section shall contain a provision that states that the agreement may be subject to approval of the voters as described in this section.

Sec. 4117.15.  (A) Whenever a strike by members of a police or fire department, members of the state highway patrol, deputy sheriffs, dispatchers employed by a police, fire or sheriff's department or the state highway patrol or civilian dispatchers employed by a public employer other than a police, fire, or sheriff's department to dispatch police, fire, sheriff's department, or emergency medical or rescue personnel and units, an exclusive nurse's unit, employees of the state school for the deaf or the state school for the blind, employees of any public employee retirement system, correction officers, guards at penal or mental institutions, or special police officers appointed in accordance with sections 5119.14 and 5123.13 of the Revised Code, psychiatric attendants employed at mental health forensic facilities, youth leaders employed at juvenile correctional facilities, or members of a law enforcement security force that is established and maintained exclusively by a board of county commissioners and whose members are employed by that board, a strike by other public employees during the pendency of the settlement procedures set forth in section 4117.14 of the Revised Code, or a strike during the term or extended term of a collective bargaining agreement occurs, the public employer may seek an injunction against the strike in the court of common pleas of the county in which the strike is located.

(B) No public employee or employee organization shall engage in a strike, and no public employee or employee organization shall cause, instigate, encourage, or condone a strike. Whenever a strike occurs, the public employer may seek an injunction against the strike in the court of common pleas of the county in which the strike is located.

(B) Any person who violates division (A) of this section may be subject to removal or other disciplinary action provided by law for misconduct. The public employer, the state employment relations board, or any court of competent jurisdiction shall not waive the penalties or fines provided in this section as part of the settlement of an illegal strike.

(C) A public employee who is absent from work without permission or who abstains wholly or in part from the full performance of the employee's duties in the employee's normal manner without permission, on the date when a strike occurs, shall be presumed to have engaged in the strike on that date.

(D) No person exercising on behalf of any public employer any authority, supervision, or direction over any public employee shall have the power to authorize, approve, condone, or consent to a strike, or the engaging in a strike, by one or more public employees, and such person shall not authorize, approve, condone or consent to such strike or engagement.

(E) In the event that it appears that a violation of this section may have occurred, the chief executive officer of the public employer involved shall, on the basis of such investigation and affidavits as the chief executive officer may deem appropriate, determine whether or not such violation has occurred and the dates of such violation. If the chief executive officer determines that such violation has occurred, the chief executive officer shall also determine, on the basis of such further investigation and affidavits as the chief executive officer may deem appropriate, the names of public employees who committed the violation and the dates thereof. Such determination shall not be final until the completion of the procedures provided for in this section.

(F) The chief executive officer shall immediately notify each public employee that the chief executive officer has been found to have committed the violation, the dates of the violation, and that the public employee has the right to object to the determination under division (H) of this section. The chief executive officer shall also notify the chief fiscal officer of the public employer involved of the names of all the employees determined to have violated this section and of the total number of days, or portions thereof, on which it has been determined that the violation occurred. Notice to each employee shall be by personal service or by certified mail to the employee's last address filed by the employee with the employer.

(G) Not earlier than thirty days or later than ninety days following the date of the determination made under division (E) of this section, the chief fiscal officer of the public employer involved shall deduct from the compensation of each such public employee an amount equal to twice the employee's daily rate of pay for each day or part thereof that the chief executive officer determined that the employee violated this section. The employee's daily rate of pay is the employee's rate of pay at the time of the violation. In computing the deduction, the chief fiscal officer shall allow credit for amounts already withheld from an employee's compensation on account of the employee's absence from work or other withholding of services on the dates of the violation. In computing the thirty-day to ninety-day period of time following the determination of a violation pursuant to division (E) of this section if the employee's annual compensation is paid over a period of time that is less than fifty-two weeks, the chief fiscal officer shall not count that period of time between the last day of the last payroll period of the employment term in which the violation occurred and the first day of the first payroll period of the next succeeding employment term.

(H) Within twenty days after the date on which notice was served or mailed to a public employee pursuant to division (F) of this section, the employee determined to have violated this section may object to the determination by filing with the chief executive officer the employee's sworn affidavit, which shall contain a short and plain statement of the facts upon which the employee relies to show that such determination was incorrect and which shall be supported by available documentary proof. An employee who submits an affidavit pursuant to this division shall be subject to the penalties of perjury.

(1) If the chief executive officer determines that the affidavit and supporting proof establishes that the employee did not violate this section, the chief executive officer shall sustain and dismiss the objection and so notify the employee.

(2) If the chief executive officer determines that the affidavit and supporting proof raises a question of fact which, if resolved in favor of the employee, would establish that the employee did not violate this section, the chief executive officer shall appoint a hearing officer to determine whether in fact the employee did violate this section. The employee shall bear the burden of proof at the hearing. If the hearing officer determines that the employee failed to establish that the employee did not violate this section, the chief executive officer shall so notify the employee.

(3) If the chief executive officer sustains an objection or the hearing officer determines on a preponderance of the evidence that the employee did not violate this section, the chief executive officer shall immediately notify the chief fiscal officer who shall cease all further deductions and refund any deductions previously made pursuant to division (G) of this section.

(I) The determinations provided in this section shall be reviewable pursuant to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

(J) An unfair labor practice by a public employer is not a defense to the injunction proceeding noted in division (A) of this section. Allegations of unfair labor practices during the settlement procedures set forth in section 4117.14 of the Revised Code shall receive priority by the state employment relations board.

(C)(K) No public employee is entitled to pay or compensation from the public employer for the period engaged in any strike.

(L) As used in this section and section 4117.27 of the Revised Code "public employee" has the same meaning as in section 4117.01 of the Revised Code, except "public employee" also includes those persons listed in divisions (C)(1) to (18) of that section.

Sec. 4117.18.  (A) No person shall purposely refuse to obey an order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction under Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code.

(B) No person shall purposely refuse to obey a lawful order of the state employment relations board, nor shall any person prevent or attempt to prevent any member of the board or any agent of the board from performing his the member's or agent's lawful duties.

(C) No public employee shall engage in any unauthorized strike.

Sec. 4117.20.  (A) No person who is a member of the same local, state, national, or international organization as the employee organization with which the public employer is bargaining or who has an interest in the outcome of the bargaining, which interest is in conflict with the interest of the public employer, shall participate on behalf of the public employer in the collective bargaining process except that the person may, where entitled, vote on the ratification of an agreement.

(B) No public official or employee shall participate on behalf of a public employer in the collective bargaining process with respect to any matter in which the immediate family of the official or employee has a direct interest in the outcome of the matter. As used in this division, "immediate family" has the same meaning as in section 102.01 of the Revised Code.

(C) The public employer shall immediately remove from his the person's role, if any, in the collective bargaining negotiations or in any matter in connection with negotiations any person who violates division (A) or (B) of this section.

Sec. 4117.21.  Collective bargaining meetings between public employers and employee organizations are private, and are not subject to section 121.22 of the Revised Code, except fact-finding hearings held pursuant to section 4117.14 of the Revised Code may be open to the public if either the public employer or the exclusive representative requests the hearing be open.

Sec. 4117.26.  (A) As used in this section, "compensation" means wages, salary, and other earnings paid to a public employee by reason of employment. "Compensation" includes all of the following that are provided by a public employer to a public employee:

(1) Allowances for food or drink;

(2) Allowances or stipends for clothing;

(3) Compensation in addition to base salary for labor performed or services rendered by the public employee, including any additional compensation paid for attending an event that occurs outside the public employee's normal work schedule;

(4) Payments for length of service;

(5) Allowances for dry cleaning services;

(6) Insurance coverage, including health insurance, vision insurance, dental insurance, disability insurance, or life insurance;

(7) Anything of value given to a public employee by a public employer for labor performed or services rendered by the public employee that is not generally offered to any of the public employer's employees that are not subject to a collective bargaining agreement, unless they are de minimis.

(B) Beginning with the first collective bargaining agreement entered into on or after the effective date of this section between a public employer and an exclusive representative that represents public employees employed by the public employer, and for each collective bargaining agreement entered into thereafter, the public employer shall issue a report that lists all of the following:

(1) Each provision in the collective bargaining agreement that affects the compensation paid by the public employer to the public employer's public employees;

(2) A description of the changes in compensation paid to the public employer's public employees that are not addressed in the collective bargaining agreement but will occur during the time period the collective bargaining agreement is in effect;

(3) Any material terms of the agreement.

(C) Not more than thirty days after a public employer and the exclusive representative enter into the collective bargaining agreement, the public employer shall submit the report required under division (B) of this section to the state employment relations board and post a copy of the report in a conspicuous manner on the web site maintained by the public employer. Upon receipt of a report from a public employer, the board shall post a copy of the report in a conspicuous manner on the web site maintained by the board. If a public employer does not maintain a web site, then the public employer shall provide copies of the report to two newspapers of general circulation, as defined in section 5721.01 of the Revised Code, in the county in which the public employer is located. If the public employer is located in more than one county, then the public employer shall provide copies of the report to newspapers of general circulation in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo.

(D)(1) If a change in compensation is to occur during the time period a collective bargaining agreement is in effect and that change was not included in the report described in division (B) of this section, or if the public employer and an exclusive representative enter into a modified collective bargaining agreement during that time period, the public employer shall do all of the following:

(a) Update the report described in division (B) of this section;

(b) Submit the updated report to the board not less than five days prior to the date the change or modified agreement is to take effect;

(c) Post the updated report in a conspicuous manner on the web site maintained by the public employer not less than five days prior to the date the change or modified agreement is to take effect.

(2) Upon receipt of an updated report under division (D)(1) of this section, the board shall post a copy of the report in a conspicuous manner on the web site maintained by the board.

Sec. 4117.27.  Where it appears that an employee organization or public employees threaten or are about to violate section 4117.15 of the Revised Code by engaging in a strike, the chief executive officer of the public employer involved shall immediately notify the chief legal officer of the public employer involved and provide the chief legal officer with any facilities, assistance, or data as will enable the chief legal officer to carry out the chief legal officer's duties.

Sec. 4123.352.  (A) There is hereby created the self-insuring employers evaluation board consisting of three members. The member of the industrial commission representing the public shall be a member of the self-insuring employers evaluation board and shall serve, ex officio, as chairman chairperson. The governor shall appoint the remaining two members with the advice and consent of the senate. One member shall be a member of the Ohio self-insurance association and one member shall be a representative of labor. Not more than two of the three members of the board may be of the same political party.

Of the two members originally appointed by the governor pursuant to this section, one shall serve an initial term of two years and one an initial term of four years. Thereafter, terms of office of the two members are for four years, each term ending on the same date as the original date of appointment. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his 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 his the member's term until his the member's successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. A vacancy in an unexpired term shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. The governor may remove any member pursuant to section 3.05 of the Revised Code.

The board member who also is a member of the commission shall receive no additional compensation but shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses in the performance of his the board member's duties. The two remaining members of the board shall receive per diem compensation fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code and actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

For administrative purposes, the board is a part of the bureau of workers' compensation, and the bureau shall furnish the board with necessary office space, staff, and supplies. The board shall meet as required by the administrator of workers' compensation.

(B) In addition to the grounds listed in section 4123.35 of the Revised Code pertaining to criteria for being granted the status as a self-insuring employer, the grounds upon which the administrator may revoke or refuse to renew the status includes failure to comply with any rules or orders of the administrator or to pay contributions to the self-insuring employers' guaranty fund established by section 4123.351 of the Revised Code, continued failure to file medical reports bearing upon the injury of the claimant, and failure to pay compensation or benefits in accordance with law in a timely manner. A deficiency in any of the grounds listed in this division is sufficient to justify the administrator's revocation or refusal to renew the employer's status as a self-insuring employer. The administrator need not revoke or refuse to renew an employer's status as a self-insuring employer if adequate corrective action is taken by the employer pursuant to division (C) of this section.

(C) The administrator shall refer to the board all complaints or allegations of misconduct against a self-insuring employer or questions as to whether a self-insuring employer continues to meet minimum standards. The board shall investigate and may order the employer to take corrective action in accordance with the schedule the board fixes. The board's determination in this regard need not be made by formal hearing but shall be issued in written form and contain the signature of at least two board members. If the board determines, after a hearing conducted pursuant to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code and the rules of the bureau, that the employer has failed to correct the deficiencies within the time fixed by the board or is otherwise in violation of this chapter, the board shall recommend to the administrator revocation of an employer's status as a self-insuring employer or such other penalty which may include, but is not limited to, probation, or a civil penalty not to exceed ten thousand dollars for each failure. A board recommendation to revoke an employer's status as a self-insuring employer shall be by unanimous vote. A recommendation for any other penalty shall be by majority vote. Where the board makes recommendations to the administrator for disciplining a self-insuring employer, the administrator promptly and fully shall implement the recommendations.

Sec. 4301.07.  Each member of the liquor control commission shall devote the member's entire time to the duties of office and shall hold no other public position of trust or profit. No member of the commission, nor the superintendent of liquor control, nor any of the employees of the commission or of the division of liquor control, shall have any direct financial interest in, or any interest otherwise prohibited by Chapter 102. or section 2921.42 or 2921.43 of the Revised Code in, the manufacture, distribution, or sale of beer or intoxicating liquor.

Each member of the commission and the chairperson shall receive a salary fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code. In addition to that salary, each member shall receive actual and necessary travel expenses in connection with commission hearings and business. The chairperson shall be an attorney at law who has had five years of active law practice.

Sec. 4517.30.  The motor vehicle dealers board shall consist of eleven members. The registrar of motor vehicles or the registrar's designee shall be a member of the board, and the other ten members shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. Not more than five of the ten members other than the registrar shall be of any one political party, and of the ten:

(A) Three shall represent the public and shall not have engaged in the business of selling motor vehicles at retail in this state;

(B) Five shall have been engaged in the business of selling motor vehicles at retail in this state for at least five years and have been engaged in such business within two years prior to the date of their appointment. Of these five:

(1) Three shall have been engaged in the sale of new motor vehicles;

(2) One shall have been engaged in the business of selling recreational vehicles at retail;

(3) One shall have been engaged in the sale of used motor vehicles.

(C) Two shall have been engaged in the leasing of motor vehicles.

Terms of office of the ten members appointed by the governor shall be for three years, commencing on the fifth day of October and ending on the fourth day of October. 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. 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 appointed member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until a successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. Annually the board shall organize by selecting from its members a president. Each appointed member of the board shall receive an amount fixed in accordance with division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code, and shall be reimbursed for the actual and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of the member's official duties.

Sec. 4701.03.  (A) The accountancy board annually shall elect a president, secretary, and treasurer from its members. The board may adopt and amend rules for the orderly conduct of its affairs and for the administration of this chapter. The board may adopt and amend rules defining the practice of public accounting, rules of professional conduct appropriate to establish and maintain a high standard of integrity and dignity in registrants and certificate holders under this chapter, and rules regulating the sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, professional association, corporation-for-profit, or other legal entity practice of public accounting. A majority of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

(B) The board shall keep and hold open for public inspection all records of its proceedings.

(C) The board may employ any clerks that are necessary to assist it in the performance of its duties and the keeping of its records. If the board employs an executive director, the board shall pay the executive director shall be paid in accordance with pay range 18 of schedule E-1 of section 124.152 of the Revised Code, or, if the director was employed and being paid on June 28, 2003, in accordance with step 7 in pay range 18 of schedule E-1 of former section 124.152 of the Revised Code and continued to be so paid on June 29, 2003, the executive director shall be paid in accordance with pay range 18 of salary schedule E-1 for step seven only of section 124.152 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 4701.05.  Each member of the accountancy board shall be paid an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day or portion thereof of a day spent in the discharge of his official duties and shall be reimbursed for his the actual and necessary expenses incurred by the member in the discharge of such those duties.

Sec. 4703.03.  (A) The architects board shall enforce sections 4703.01 to 4703.19 of the Revised Code, may subpoena witnesses and records in connection with its investigations, and may incur such expenses as are necessary.

(B) Each member of the board shall be entitled to receive, as a part of the expense of the board, an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code while actually engaged in attendance at meetings, in conducting examinations, or in the performance of official duties.

(C) The members shall receive also, as a part of the expense of the board, the amount of actual traveling, hotel, and other necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

(D) The secretary, executive secretary, and clerical assistants of the board shall give bond to the state in such sum as the board determines, but not less than three thousand dollars, conditioned upon the faithful discharge of their duties. Premiums for such bonds shall be paid by the board. Such bonds with approval of the board endorsed on them shall be deposited with the secretary of state and kept in the secretary of state's office.

Sec. 4703.31.  (A) There is hereby created the state board of landscape architect examiners. The board shall consist of five members appointed by the governor. All appointments made to the board shall be for a five-year term commencing on the eleventh day of November and ending on the tenth day of November. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term to which the member was appointed. Any member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor is appointed, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. Three of the members shall be landscape architects registered under sections 4703.33 to 4703.37 of the Revised Code for not less than five years prior to appointment to the board. One member shall be appointed from a licensed design profession and one member shall represent the public. Any member of the board may be removed by the governor at any time for cause.

(B) In the event of a vacancy in the office of a member of the board other than by reason of the expiration of a term, the governor, not later than ninety days after the occurrence of the vacancy, shall appoint a person to hold office for the remainder of the unexpired term.

(C) The board shall elect from its members a president and a secretary who shall hold those offices for one year.

(D) Each member of the board shall receive as a part of the expense of the board an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day actually employed in the discharge of official duties, along with other necessary expenses.

(E) The board shall meet at least twice each calendar year for purposes of transacting regular business and may hold other meetings upon the call of the president or a majority of the members of the board after reasonable notice to the other board members of the time and place of the meeting. Three members of the board constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

(F) The board shall utilize the physical facilities and administrative staff of the state board of examiners of architects board for the discharge of all the board's administrative duties in connection with the administration and enforcement of sections 4703.30 to 4703.52 of the Revised Code. The state board of landscape architect examiners shall bear a proportionate share of the cost of those administrative services, which shall not exceed its revenue.

Sec. 4709.04.  (A) There is hereby created a barber board consisting of three members to be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate as follows: two barbers, one of whom is an employer barber and one of whom is employed as a barber, both of whom have been licensed in this state for at least five years immediately preceding their appointment; and one person who represents the general public and who has no connection to the practice of barbering except as a consumer of barbering services. Each member of the board shall have received a high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalence issued by the state board of education. No more than two members of the board shall be of the same political party. No member of the board shall be financially interested in, or have any financial connection with, any barber school or wholesale cosmetic, barber supply, or equipment business, nor shall any member teach barbering for monetary consideration. Terms of office are for three years, commencing on the twenty-seventh day of September and ending on the twenty-sixth day of September. Each member shall serve on the board from the date of his appointment until the end of the term for which he was appointed except that if a successor member has not been appointed by the end of the term, the member shall continue until the appointment or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. In the case of vacancies occurring on the board, the governor shall, in the same manner prescribed for regular appointment to the board, fill the position by appointing a member to serve for the remainder of the term.

(B) A majority of the members of the board constitutes a quorum to transact and vote on the business of the board. Each member shall receive an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day actually employed in the discharge of his official duties. In addition, each member shall receive his the actual and his necessary expenses incurred in the performance of his official duties.

(C) The governor may remove any member for cause prior to the expiration of the member's term of office.

Sec. 4715.06.  Each member of the state dental board shall receive an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day actually employed in the discharge of the official duties of the member, and the necessary expenses of the member. The secretary and vice-secretary shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of the official duties of the secretary and vice-secretary, respectively. All vouchers of the board shall be approved by the board president or executive secretary, or both, as authorized by the board.

Sec. 4717.02.  (A) There is hereby created the board of embalmers and funeral directors consisting of seven members to be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. Five members shall be licensed embalmers and practicing funeral directors, each with at least ten consecutive years of experience in this state immediately preceding the date of the person's appointment; one of these members shall be knowledgeable and experienced in operating a crematory. Two members shall represent the public; at least one of these members shall be at least sixty years of age.

(B) Terms of office are for five years, commencing on the first day of July and ending on the last day of June. 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. Before entering upon the duties of the office, each member shall take and file with the secretary of state an oath of office as required by Section 7 of Article XV, Ohio Constitution.

(C) The governor may remove a member of the board for neglect of duty, incompetency, or immoral conduct. 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 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.

(D) Each member of the board shall receive an amount fixed under division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day, not to exceed sixty days per year, employed in the discharge of the member's duties as a board member, together with any necessary expenses incurred in the performance of those duties.

Sec.  4723.02.  The board of nursing shall assume and exercise all the powers and perform all the duties conferred and imposed on it by this chapter.

The board shall consist of thirteen members who shall be citizens of the United States and residents of Ohio. Eight members shall be registered nurses, each of whom shall be a graduate of an approved program of nursing education that prepares persons for licensure as a registered nurse, shall hold a currently active license issued under this chapter to practice nursing as a registered nurse, and shall have been actively engaged in the practice of nursing as a registered nurse for the five years immediately preceding the member's initial appointment to the board. Of the eight members who are registered nurses, at least one shall hold a valid certificate of authority issued under this chapter that authorizes the practice of nursing as a certified registered nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse-midwife, or certified nurse practitioner. Four members shall be licensed practical nurses, each of whom shall be a graduate of an approved program of nursing education that prepares persons for licensure as a practical nurse, shall hold a currently active license issued under this chapter to practice nursing as a licensed practical nurse, and shall have been actively engaged in the practice of nursing as a licensed practical nurse for the five years immediately preceding the member's initial appointment to the board. One member shall represent the interests of consumers of health care. Neither this member nor any person in the member's immediate family shall be a member of or associated with a health care provider or profession or shall have a financial interest in the delivery or financing of health care. Representation of nursing service and nursing education and of the various geographical areas of the state shall be considered in making appointments.

As the term of any member of the board expires, a successor shall be appointed who has the qualifications the vacancy requires. Terms of office shall be for four years, commencing on the first day of January and ending on the thirty-first day of December.

A current or former board member who has served not more than one full term or one full term and not more than thirty months of another term may be reappointed for one additional term.

Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. The term of a member shall expire if the member ceases to meet any requirement of this section for the member's position on the board. 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.

Nursing organizations of this state may each submit to the governor the names of not more than five nominees for each position to be filled on the board. From the names so submitted or from others, at the governor's discretion, the governor with the advice and consent of the senate shall make such appointments.

Any member of the board may be removed by the governor for neglect of any duty required by law or for incompetency or unprofessional or dishonorable conduct, after a hearing as provided in Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

Seven members of the board including at least four registered nurses and at least one licensed practical nurse shall at all times constitute a quorum.

Each member of the board shall receive an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day in attendance at board meetings and in discharge of official duties, and in addition thereto, necessary expense incurred in the performance of such duties.

The board shall elect one of its nurse members as president and one as vice-president. The board shall elect one of its registered nurse members to serve as the supervising member for disciplinary matters.

The board may establish advisory groups to serve in consultation with the board or the executive director. Each advisory group shall be given a specific charge in writing and shall report to the board. Members of advisory groups shall serve without compensation but shall receive their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.

Sec. 4725.06.  Each member of the state board of optometry shall receive an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day actually employed in the discharge of the official duties of the member, and the necessary expenses of the member.

The executive director of the board shall receive reimbursement for necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of the executive director's official duties.

All vouchers of the board shall be approved by the board president or executive director, or both, as authorized by the board.

Sec. 4725.46.  (A) Each member of the Ohio optical dispensers board shall receive compensation pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code, but shall not receive step advancements, for each day actually employed in the discharge of his official duties, and his the member's actual and necessary expenses.

(B) The executive secretary-treasurer shall receive compensation as fixed by the board and his the executive secretary-treasurer's actual and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of his official duties.

Sec. 4729.03.  The state board of pharmacy shall organize by electing a president and a vice-president who are members of the board. The president shall preside over the meetings of the board, but shall not vote upon matters determined by the board, except in the event of a tie vote, in which case the president shall vote. The board shall also employ an executive director who is a licensed pharmacist in good standing in the practice of pharmacy in this state. The person employed shall not be a member of the board. Each of the officers elected shall serve for a term of one year. The members of the board shall receive an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day employed in the discharge of their official duties and their necessary expenses while engaged therein.

Sec. 4730.05. (A) There is hereby created the physician assistant policy committee of the state medical board. The president of the board shall appoint the members of the committee. The committee shall consist of the seven members specified in divisions (A)(1) to (3) of this section. When the committee is developing or revising policy and procedures for physician-delegated prescriptive authority for physician assistants, the committee shall include the two additional members specified in division (A)(4) of this section.

(1) Three members of the committee shall be physicians. Of the physician members, one shall be a member of the state medical board, one shall be appointed from a list of five physicians recommended by the Ohio state medical association, and one shall be appointed from a list of five physicians recommended by the Ohio osteopathic association. At all times, the physician membership of the committee shall include at least one physician who is a supervising physician of a physician assistant, preferably with at least two years' experience as a supervising physician.

(2) Three members shall be physician assistants appointed from a list of five individuals recommended by the Ohio association of physician assistants.

(3) One member, who is not affiliated with any health care profession, shall be appointed to represent the interests of consumers.

(4) The two additional members, appointed to serve only when the committee is developing or revising policy and procedures for physician-delegated prescriptive authority for physician assistants, shall be pharmacists. Of these members, one shall be appointed from a list of five clinical pharmacists recommended by the Ohio pharmacists association and one shall be appointed from the pharmacist members of the state board of pharmacy, preferably from among the members who are clinical pharmacists.

The pharmacist members shall have voting privileges only for purposes of developing or revising policy and procedures for physician-delegated prescriptive authority for physician assistants. Presence of the pharmacist members shall not be required for the transaction of any other business.

(B) Terms of office shall be for two years, with each term ending on the same day of the same month as did the term that it succeeds. Each member shall hold office from the date of being appointed until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. Members may be reappointed, except that a member may not be appointed to serve more than three consecutive terms. As vacancies occur, a successor shall be appointed who has the qualifications the vacancy requires. A member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which a predecessor was appointed shall hold office as a member for the remainder of that term. A member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until a successor takes office or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.

(C) Each member of the committee shall receive an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day employed in the discharge of official duties as a member, and shall also receive necessary and actual expenses incurred in the performance of official duties as a member.

(D) The committee members specified in divisions (A)(1) to (3) of this section by a majority vote shall elect a chairperson from among those members. The members may elect a new chairperson at any time.

(E) The state medical board may appoint assistants, clerical staff, or other employees as necessary for the committee to perform its duties adequately.

(F) The committee shall meet at least four times a year and at such other times as may be necessary to carry out its responsibilities.

Sec. 4731.03.  Each member of the state medical board shall receive an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day employed in the discharge of his official duties and his the member's necessary expenses.

Sec. 4732.05.  The members of the state board of psychology and the members of the school psychology examination committee shall receive an amount fixed under division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day employed in the discharge of their official duties, and their necessary expenses while engaged therein.

Sec. 4733.05.  Each member of the state board of registration for professional engineers and surveyors shall receive an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code per diem when actually attending to the work of the board or of any of its committees and for the time spent in necessary travel; and in. In addition thereto, each board member shall be reimbursed for all actual traveling, hotel, and other expenses necessarily incurred in carrying out sections 4733.01 to 4733.23 of the Revised Code.

Sec.  4734.03.  Each member of the state chiropractic board shall be paid at the appropriate rate for those days on which the member's services or duties are required. Each member of the board shall be paid at the rate established pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code and shall not receive step advancements. In addition, each board member shall receive the member's necessary expenses.

Sec. 4738.09.  The motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board shall consist of five members. The registrar of motor vehicles or his the registrar's designee shall be a member of the board, and the other four members shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. Two appointed members shall have operated as a motor vehicle salvage dealer, salvage motor vehicle auction, or salvage motor vehicle pool in this state for at least five years and have been engaged in the business within two years previous to the date of their appointment. Two appointed members shall represent the public and shall not have been engaged in any such business or operation. Not more than two members other than the registrar shall be of any one political party. Terms of office of the four members appointed by the governor shall commence on the first day of August and end on the last day of July, and be for three years, except that one initial term shall be for one year, and one initial term shall be for two years. Each member shall hold office from the date of his the member's appointment until the end of the term for which he the member was appointed. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of such term. Any appointed member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of his the member's term until his the member's successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. Annually the board shall organize by selecting from its members a president. Each appointed member of the board shall receive an amount fixed in accordance with division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day of actual service during the meetings of the board, and shall be reimbursed for the actual and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of his official duties.

Sec. 4741.02.  There shall be a state veterinary medical licensing board consisting of seven members, who have been legal residents of this state for not less than five years, appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, as follows: five members who have been licensed to practice veterinary medicine in this state for not less than five consecutive years prior to their appointment; one member who is a registered veterinary technician registered pursuant to this chapter for not less than five consecutive years prior to appointment; and one member who is a representative of the public. Terms of office are for three years, commencing on the first day of January and ending on the thirty-first day of December. 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. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the 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 a successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. No person who has been appointed a member of the board shall be appointed to serve more than three, three-year terms unless a period of three years has elapsed since the termination of the member's third term, provided that a person appointed to fill an unexpired term may be appointed for three full terms of three years each immediately following such term and that the total length of the member's service does not exceed ten years.

No member of the board shall be the owner of any interest in, or be employed by any wholesale or jobbing house dealing in supplies, equipment, or instruments used or useful in the practice of veterinary medicine. Neither the public member nor the registered veterinary technician member shall have any vested financial interest in the practice of veterinary medicine. For purposes of this section employment as a veterinary technician for a veterinarian does not constitute a vested financial interest in the practice of veterinary medicine.

The governor may remove any member of the board for malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance after a hearing as provided in Chapter 119. of the Revised Code or if the license of a veterinary member is not renewed or has been revoked or suspended on any ground set forth in section 3123.47 or 4741.22 of the Revised Code or if the registration of the registered veterinary technician member is revoked or suspended or is not renewed under section 3123.47 or 4741.19 of the Revised Code.

Each member of the board shall receive an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day, or portion thereof, the member is actually engaged in the discharge of official duties, in addition to the member's necessary expenses.

Sec. 4747.03.  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)(A) 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.

Sec. 4753.04.  The board of speech-language pathology and audiology shall hold at least one regular meeting a year, at which it shall elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson from among its members. Additional meetings may be held upon call of the chairperson or at the written request of two or more members of the board. Five members of the board constitute a quorum to conduct business, if one member who is a speech-language pathologist and one member who is an audiologist are present.

The board may employ an executive director, who shall serve at the board's pleasure, and shall designate the duties and fix the executive director's compensation. The board may hire such other employees and consultants as it finds necessary. Members of the board shall receive compensation pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day employed in the discharge of their official duties. The members shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties. All vouchers of the board shall be approved by the chairperson or the executive director of the board.

Sec. 4755.01.  (A) There is hereby created the Ohio occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic trainers board consisting of sixteen residents of this state, who shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. The board shall be composed of a physical therapy section, an occupational therapy section, and an athletic trainers section.

(1) Five members of the board shall be physical therapists who are licensed to practice physical therapy and who have been engaged in or actively associated with the practice of physical therapy in this state for at least five years immediately preceding appointment. Such members of the board shall sit on the physical therapy section. The physical therapy section also shall consist of four additional members, appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, who satisfy the same qualifications as the members of the board sitting on the physical therapy section, but who are not members of the board. Of the additional physical therapy section members whose terms commence on August 28, 2007, one shall be for a term of one year, one for a term of two years, one for a term of three years, and one for a term of four years. Such additional members of the physical therapy section are vested with only such powers and shall perform only such duties as relate to the affairs of that section.

(2) Four members of the board shall be occupational therapists and one member shall be a licensed occupational therapy assistant, all of whom have been engaged in or actively associated with the practice of occupational therapy or practice as an occupational therapy assistant in this state for at least five years immediately preceding appointment. Such members of the board shall sit on the occupational therapy section.

(3) Four members of the board shall be athletic trainers who have been engaged in the practice of athletic training in Ohio for at least five years immediately preceding appointment. One member of the board shall be a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this state. Such members of the board shall sit on the athletic trainers section.

(4) One member of the board shall represent the public. This member shall sit on the board and shall attend each year at least three meetings of the physical therapy section, three meetings of the occupational therapy section, and three meetings of the athletic trainers section.

(B) Except for the terms of office specified in division (A)(1) of this section for the additional members of the physical therapy section commencing on August 28, 2007, terms for the members of the board and the additional members of the physical therapy section are for three years. Each member's term shall commence on the twenty-eighth day of August and end on the twenty-seventh day of August. Each member shall serve subsequent to the expiration of the member's term until the member's successor is appointed and qualifies, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. A member shall not serve for more than three consecutive terms. All vacancies shall be filled in the manner prescribed for the regular appointments and are limited to the unexpired terms.

(C) Each member of the board and each additional member of the physical therapy section, before entering upon the official duties of office, shall do both of the following:

(1) Subscribe to and file with the secretary of state the constitutional oath of office;

(2) Sign and file with the executive director of the board a notarized statement that the member has read and understands sections 121.22 and 149.43 of the Revised Code and the provisions of Chapter 119. of the Revised Code that are applicable to the duties of the board.

(D) Annually, upon the qualification of the member or members appointed in that year, the board shall organize by selecting from its members a president and secretary. Each section of the board shall independently organize by selecting from its members a chairperson and secretary.

(E) A majority of the members of the board constitutes a quorum to transact and vote on the business of the board. A majority of the members of each section constitutes a quorum to transact and vote on the affairs of that section.

(F) Each member of the board and each additional member of the physical therapy section shall receive an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day employed in the discharge of official duties. In addition, each member of the board and each additional member of the physical therapy section shall receive the member's actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of official duties.

(G) The board of trustees of the Ohio occupational therapy association may recommend, after any term expires or vacancy occurs in an occupational therapy position, at least three persons to fill each such position or vacancy on the board, and the governor may make the appointment from the persons so recommended. The executive board of the Ohio chapter of the American physical therapy association may recommend, after any term expires or vacancy occurs in a physical therapy position, at least three persons to fill each such vacancy on the board, and the governor may make appointments from the persons so recommended. The Ohio athletic trainers association shall recommend to the governor at least three persons when any term expires or any vacancy occurs in an athletic trainer position. The governor may select one of the association's recommendations in making such an appointment.

(H) The board shall meet as a whole to determine all administrative, personnel, and budgetary matters. The executive director of the board appointed by the board shall not be a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, or an athletic trainer who has been licensed to practice physical therapy, occupational therapy, or as an athletic trainer in this state within three years immediately preceding appointment. The executive director shall execute, under the direction of the board, the policies, orders, directives, and administrative functions of the board and shall direct, under rules adopted by the board, the work of all persons employed by the board. Upon the request of the board, the executive director shall report to the board on any matter. The executive director shall serve at the pleasure of the board.

(I) The occupational therapy section of the board shall have the authority to act on behalf of the board on matters concerning the practice of occupational therapy and, in particular, the examination of applicants, the issuance of licenses and limited permits, and the suspension or revocation of licenses and limited permits to practice as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant. The physical therapy section of the board shall have the authority to act on behalf of the board on matters concerning the practice of physical therapy and, in particular, the examination, licensure, and suspension or revocation of licensure of applicants, physical therapists, and physical therapist assistants. The athletic trainers section of the board shall have the authority to act on behalf of the board on matters concerning the practice of athletic training and, in particular, the examination, licensure, and suspension or revocation of licensure of applicants and athletic trainers. All actions taken by any section of the board under this division shall be in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

Sec. 4757.05.  (A) The counselor, social worker, and marriage and family therapist board shall meet as a whole to discuss and review issues regarding personnel, budgetary matters, administration, and any other matter pertaining to the operation of the entire board. The board shall hold at least one regular meeting every three months. Additional meetings may be held at such times as the board determines, upon call of the chairperson, or upon the written request of four or more members of the board to the executive director. If four or more members so request a meeting, the executive director shall call a meeting to commence in not more than seven days. Eight members of the board constitute a quorum to conduct business. Except as provided in section 4757.39 of the Revised Code, no action shall be taken without the concurrence of at least a quorum.

The counselors professional standards committee, the social workers professional standards committee, and the marriage and family therapist professional standards committee shall meet as necessary to fulfill their duties established by this chapter and the rules adopted under it. Three members of a committee constitute a quorum for that committee to conduct business. No action shall be taken without the concurrence of at least a quorum.

(B) At its first meeting each year, the board shall elect a chairperson from among its members. At the first meeting held each year by the board's professional standards committees, each committee shall elect from among its members a chairperson. The chairpersons of the committees shall serve as co-vice-chairpersons of the board. Neither the board nor its committees shall elect a member to serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office.

(C) The board shall employ an executive director. The board may employ and prescribe the powers and duties of such employees and consultants as are necessary for it and its professional standards committees to carry out this chapter and rules adopted under it.

(D) The members of the board shall receive an amount fixed under division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day employed in the discharge of their official duties as board or committee members and shall be reimbursed for their necessary and actual expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.

(E) The board and each of its professional standards committees shall keep any records and minutes necessary to fulfill the duties established by this chapter and the rules adopted under it.

Sec. 4758.12. The voting members of the chemical dependency professionals board shall receive an amount fixed under division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day employed in the discharge of their official duties as board members and shall be reimbursed for their necessary and actual expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.

Sec. 4759.03.  There is hereby created the Ohio board of dietetics consisting of five members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. The Ohio dietetic association may submit a list of five names for each position or vacancy on the board to be filled by a dietitian, and the governor may make his appointment appointments from the persons so recommended or from other persons. Within thirty days of the effective date of this section July 1, 1987, the governor shall make initial appointments to the board. Of the initial appointments, one shall be for a term ending one year after the effective date of this section July 1, 1987, one shall be for a term ending two years after the effective date of this section July 1, 1987, one shall be for a term ending three years after the effective date of this section July 1, 1987, one shall be for a term ending four years after the effective date of this section July 1, 1987, and one shall be for a term ending five years after the effective date of this section July 1, 1987. Thereafter, terms of office shall be for five years, each term ending on the same day of the same month as did the term which it succeeds. Each member shall hold office from the date of his appointment until the end of the term for which he the member was appointed. The governor shall appoint a member to fill a vacancy in the manner prescribed for filling the position in which the vacancy occurs. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his 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 his the member's term until his a successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.

Members of the board may be removed by the governor for malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance after an adjudication hearing pursuant to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. Members may not be appointed to a second term unless a period of five years has passed since the expiration of the first term, except that members appointed for less than a five-year term or appointed to fill an unexpired term may be appointed for one full term of five years immediately following the end of the term for which he the member was first appointed.

Three members of the board shall be dietitians who have been actively engaged in the practice of dietetics in the state for at least five years immediately preceding their appointment; one member shall be an educator with a doctoral degree who holds a regular faculty appointment in a program that prepares students to meet the requirements of division (A)(5) of section 4759.06 of the Revised Code; and one member shall be a member of the general public who is not and never has been a dietitian, is not a member of the immediate family of a dietitian, does not have a financial interest in the provision of goods or services to dietitians, and is not engaged in any activity related to the practice of dietetics.

Each member of the board shall receive an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day, or portion thereof, he is actually engaged in the discharge of his official duties, and shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of those duties.

Sec. 4761.02.  The governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, shall appoint the Ohio respiratory care board, consisting of nine residents of this state. Five members of the board shall be respiratory care professionals who were engaged in or actively associated with the practice of respiratory care in this state for at least five years immediately preceding appointment. Two members shall be home medical equipment services providers with not less than five years of management experience in home medical equipment services prior to appointment. One member shall be a physician who has clinical training and experience in the management of pulmonary disease. One member shall represent the public.

After the term of a member of the board expires or becomes vacant, the Ohio state medical association may submit to the governor the names of nominees for the board position to be filled by a physician. The board of directors of the Ohio society for respiratory care, inc., may recommend to the governor at least three persons for each board position to be filled by a respiratory care professional. The American lung association of Ohio may submit to the governor the names of nominees for the board position to be filled by a person representing the public. The Ohio association of medical equipment services may submit to the governor the names of nominees for the two board positions to be filled by home medical equipment services providers. The governor shall consider these nominees in making the appointments.

Of the two additional members of the board to be appointed who are respiratory care professionals who were engaged in or actively associated with the practice of respiratory care in this state for at least five years immediately preceding appointment, one shall be appointed for a term ending the fourteenth day of March immediately following the date that is one year after the effective date of this amendment September 16, 2004, and one for a term ending on the fourteenth day of March immediately following the date that is two years after the effective date of this amendment September 16, 2004. Of the initial two home medical equipment services providers appointed to the board, one shall be appointed for a term ending the fourteenth day of March immediately following the date that is one year after the effective date of this amendment September 16, 2004, and one for a term ending the fourteenth day of March immediately following the date that is two years after the effective date of this amendment September 16, 2004. 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 which it succeeds. A member shall serve subsequent to the expiration of the member's term until the member's successor is appointed and qualifies, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. Each member, before entering upon the duties of office, shall subscribe to and file with the secretary of state the oath of office required under Section 7 of Article XV, Ohio Constitution. Vacancies shall be filled in the manner prescribed for the regular appointments to the board and shall be limited to the unexpired terms. Members of the board may be reappointed.

Annually, upon the qualification of the member or members appointed in that year, the Ohio respiratory care board shall organize and shall select from its members a president and secretary. A majority of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum to transact and vote on the business of the board.

Each member of the board shall receive an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day actually employed in the discharge of the member's duties. In addition, each member shall receive actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of the member's official duties.

The board shall employ an executive director who shall be in the unclassified service of the state. The executive director shall assist the board in the administration and enforcement of this chapter and shall employ individuals as the board considers necessary to provide that assistance.

Sec. 4763.02.  (A) There is hereby created the real estate appraiser board, consisting of five members appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate. Four members shall be persons certified or licensed under this chapter, at least two of whom shall hold a state-certified general real estate appraiser certificate, and one member shall represent the public and shall not be engaged in the practice of issuing real estate appraisals, real estate brokerage or sales, or have any financial interest in such practices. At least one of the certificate holders or licensees members shall be a real estate broker licensed pursuant to Chapter 4735. of the Revised Code whose license is in good standing. For the purpose of appointment to an eligibility for appointment to the board, the license of a real estate broker may be on deposit with the division of real estate of the department of commerce. No more than three members shall be members of the same political party and no member of the board concurrently may be a member of the board and the Ohio real estate commission created pursuant to section 4735.03 of the Revised Code. Of the initial appointments to the board, one is for a term ending June 30, 1990, two are for terms ending June 30, 1991, and two are for terms ending June 30, 1992. Thereafter, terms of office are for three years, commencing on the first day of July and ending on the thirtieth day of June. Each member shall hold office from the date of his appointment until the end of the term for which he is appointed. Prior to entering upon the official duties of his office, each member shall subscribe to, and file with the secretary of state, the constitutional oath of office. Vacancies that occur on the board shall be filled in the manner prescribed for regular appointments to the board. A member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of that term. A member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of his the member's term until his the member's successor takes office or until sixty days have elapsed, whichever occurs first. No person shall serve as a member of the board for more than two consecutive terms. The governor may remove a member pursuant to section 3.04 of the Revised Code.

(B) Annually, upon the qualification of the members appointed in that year, the board shall organize by selecting from its members a chairman chairperson. The board shall meet at least once each calendar quarter to conduct its business with the place of future meetings to be decided by a vote of its members. Each member shall be provided with written notice of the time and place of each board meeting at least ten days prior to the scheduled date of the meeting. A majority of the members of the board constitutes a quorum to transact and vote on all business coming before the board.

(C) Each member of the board shall receive an amount fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day employed in the discharge of his official duties, and his the member's actual and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of those duties.

(D) The board is part of the department of commerce for administrative purposes.

Sec. 4775.05.  (A) The board of motor vehicle collision repair registration shall appoint an individual who is not a member of the board as a full-time employee of the board to serve as the executive director of the board. The executive director shall serve at the pleasure and direction of the board. The director of administrative services shall establish the executive director's salary in a pay range as provided in division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code. The executive director, subject to the approval of the board, shall determine the office space, supplies, and professional and clerical assistance necessary to effectively perform the executive director's duties.

(B) The executive director shall perform all the following duties:

(1) Review and submit to the board, for its approval, applications for registration pursuant to section 4775.07 of the Revised Code;

(2) Issue registration certificates, as approved by the board, to persons who meet the qualifications for registration under division (A) of section 4775.07 of the Revised Code;

(3) Maintain a written record of all persons registered pursuant to section 4775.07 of the Revised Code. The record shall include the name, address, and motor vehicle collision repair registration certificate number of each registered motor vehicle collision repair operator. The executive director shall make this record available to any person upon request and payment of a fee sufficient to cover the cost of copying the record.

(4) Collect all fees pursuant to section 4775.08 of the Revised Code;

(5) Appoint enforcement officers as needed to assist the executive director in carrying out this chapter, who shall serve at the pleasure of the director;

(6) Gather evidence of violations of this chapter by any person or motor vehicle collision repair operator, or any partner or officer of any motor vehicle collision repair operator, and, upon reasonable belief that a violation has occurred, present the evidence to the board for its consideration. Nothing in division (B)(6) of this section shall be construed as authorizing the executive director or the board to enforce any provision of law other than this chapter. If, however, the executive director or board, in conducting investigations under those sections, determines or suspects that a person has violated any other provision of law, the executive director or board shall notify the governmental entity that is responsible for enforcement of that provision of law.

(7) Serve as secretary of the board and maintain a written record of all of the proceedings of the board;

(8) Notify all motor vehicle collision repair operators of changes in the motor vehicle collision repair law and rules adopted pursuant to that law;

(9) Do all other things requested by the board for the administration and enforcement of this chapter.

(C) The executive director may provide information relevant to motor vehicle collision repair to motor vehicle collision repair operators or other persons, and may communicate with any person, or respond to communications from any person, in matters pertaining to motor vehicle collision repair.

Sec. 4905.10.  (A) For the sole purpose of maintaining and administering the public utilities commission and exercising its supervision and jurisdiction over the railroads and public utilities of this state, an amount equivalent to the appropriation from the public utilities fund created under division (B) of this section to the public utilities commission for railroad and public utilities regulation in each fiscal year shall be apportioned among and assessed against each railroad and public utility within this state by the commission by first computing an assessment as though it were to be made in proportion to the intrastate gross earnings or receipts, excluding earnings or receipts from sales to other public utilities for resale, of the railroad or public utility for the calendar year next preceding that in which the assessment is made. The commission may include in that first computation any amount of a railroad's or public utility's intrastate gross earnings or receipts that were underreported in a prior year. In addition to whatever penalties apply under the Revised Code to such underreporting, the commission shall assess the railroad or public utility interest at the rate stated in division (A) of section 1343.01 of the Revised Code. The commission shall deposit any interest so collected into the public utilities fund. The commission may exclude from that first computation any such amounts that were overreported in a prior year.

The final computation of the assessment shall consist of imposing upon each railroad and public utility whose assessment under the first computation would have been one hundred dollars or less an assessment of one hundred dollars and recomputing the assessments of the remaining railroads and public utilities by apportioning an amount equal to the appropriation to the public utilities commission for administration of the utilities division in each fiscal year less the total amount to be recovered from those paying the minimum assessment, in proportion to the intrastate gross earnings or receipts of the remaining railroads and public utilities for the calendar year next preceding that in which the assessments are made.

In the case of an assessment based on intrastate gross receipts under this section against a public utility that is an electric utility as defined in section 4928.01 of the Revised Code, or an electric services company, electric cooperative, or governmental aggregator subject to certification under section 4928.08 of the Revised Code, such receipts shall be those specified in the utility's, company's, cooperative's, or aggregator's most recent report of intrastate gross receipts and sales of kilowatt hours of electricity, filed with the commission pursuant to division (F) of section 4928.06 of the Revised Code, and verified by the commission.

In the case of an assessment based on intrastate gross receipts under this section against a retail natural gas supplier or governmental aggregator subject to certification under section 4929.20 of the Revised Code, such receipts shall be those specified in the supplier's or aggregator's most recent report of intrastate gross receipts and sales of hundred cubic feet of natural gas, filed with the commission pursuant to division (B) of section 4929.23 of the Revised Code, and verified by the commission. However, no such retail natural gas supplier or such governmental aggregator serving or proposing to serve customers of a particular natural gas company, as defined in section 4929.01 of the Revised Code, shall be assessed under this section until after the commission, pursuant to section 4905.26 or 4909.18 of the Revised Code, has removed from the base rates of the natural gas company the amount of assessment under this section that is attributable to the value of commodity sales service, as defined in section 4929.01 of the Revised Code, in the base rates paid by those customers of the company that do not purchase that service from the natural gas company.

(B) Through calendar year 2005, on or before the first day of October in each year, the commission shall notify each such railroad and public utility of the sum assessed against it, whereupon payment shall be made to the commission, which shall deposit it into the state treasury to the credit of the public utilities fund, which is hereby created. Beginning in calendar year 2006, on or before the fifteenth day of May in each year, the commission shall notify each railroad and public utility that had a sum assessed against it for the current fiscal year of more than one thousand dollars that fifty per cent of that amount shall be paid to the commission by the twentieth day of June of that year as an initial payment of the assessment against the company for the next fiscal year. On or before the first day of October in each year, the commission shall make a final determination of the sum of the assessment against each railroad and public utility and shall notify each railroad and public utility of the sum assessed against it. The commission shall deduct from the assessment for each railroad or public utility any initial payment received. Payment of the assessment shall be made to the commission by the first day of November of that year. The commission shall deposit the payments received into the state treasury to the credit of the public utilities fund. Any such amounts paid into the fund but not expended by the commission shall be credited ratably, after first deducting any deficits accumulated from prior years, by the commission to railroads and public utilities that pay more than the minimum assessment, according to the respective portions of such sum assessable against them for the ensuing fiscal year. The assessments for such fiscal year shall be reduced correspondingly.

(C) Within five days after the beginning of each fiscal year through fiscal year 2006, the director of budget and management shall transfer from the general revenue fund to the public utilities fund an amount sufficient for maintaining and administering the public utilities commission and exercising its supervision and jurisdiction over the railroads and public utilities of the state during the first four months of the fiscal year. The director shall transfer the same amount back to the general revenue fund from the public utilities fund at such time as the director determines that the balance of the public utilities fund is sufficient to support the appropriations from the fund for the fiscal year. The director may transfer less than that amount if the director determines that the revenues of the public utilities fund during the fiscal year will be insufficient to support the appropriations from the fund for the fiscal year, in which case the amount not paid back to the general revenue fund shall be payable to the general revenue fund in future fiscal years.

(D) For the purpose of this section only, "public utility" includes:

(1) In addition to an electric utility as defined in section 4928.01 of the Revised Code, an electric services company, an electric cooperative, or a governmental aggregator subject to certification under section 4928.08 of the Revised Code, to the extent of the company's, cooperative's, or aggregator's engagement in the business of supplying or arranging for the supply in this state of any retail electric service for which it must be so certified;

(2) In addition to a natural gas company as defined in section 4929.01 of the Revised Code, a retail natural gas supplier or governmental aggregator subject to certification under section 4929.20 of the Revised Code, to the extent of the supplier's or aggregator's engagement in the business of supplying or arranging for the supply in this state of any competitive retail natural gas service for which it must be certified.

(E) Each public utilities commissioner shall receive a salary fixed at the level set by pay range 49 by the director of administrative services under schedule E-2 of section 124.152 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 4906.02.  (A) There is hereby created within the public utilities commission the power siting board, composed of the chairman chairperson of the public utilities commission, the director of environmental protection, the director of health, the director of development, the director of natural resources, the director of agriculture, and a representative of the public who shall be an engineer and shall be appointed by the governor, from a list of three nominees submitted to the governor by the office of the consumers' counsel, with the advice and consent of the senate and shall serve for a term of four years. The chairman chairperson of the public utilities commission shall be chairman chairperson of the board and its chief executive officer. The chairman chairperson shall designate one of the voting members of the board to act as vice-chairman vice-chairperson who shall possess during the absence or disability of the chairman chairperson all of the powers of the chairman chairperson. All hearings, studies, and consideration of applications for certificates shall be conducted by the board or representatives of its members.

In addition, the board shall include four legislative members who may participate fully in all the board's deliberations and activities except that they shall serve as nonvoting members. The speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint one legislative member, and the president of the senate and minority leader of each house shall each appoint one legislative member. Each such legislative leader shall designate an alternate to attend meetings of the board when the regular legislative member he appointed by the legislative leader is unable to attend. Each legislative member and alternate shall serve for the duration of the elected term that he the legislative member is serving at the time of his appointment. A quorum of the board is a majority of its voting members.

The representative of the public and, notwithstanding section 101.26 of the Revised Code, legislative members of the board or their designated alternates, when engaged in their duties as members of the board, shall be paid at the a per diem rate of step 1, pay range 32, established in rules adopted by the director of administrative services under schedule B of section 124.15 of the Revised Code and shall be reimbursed for the actual and necessary expenses they incur in the discharge of their official duties.

(B) The chairman chairperson shall keep a complete record of all proceedings of the board, issue all necessary process, writs, warrants, and notices, keep all books, maps, documents, and papers ordered filed by the board, conduct investigations pursuant to section 4906.07 of the Revised Code, and perform such other duties as the board may prescribe.

(C) The chairman chairperson of the public utilities commission may assign or transfer duties among the commission's staff. However, the board's authority to grant certificates under section 4906.10 of the Revised Code shall not be exercised by any officer, employee, or body other than the board itself.

(D) The chairman chairperson may call to his the chairperson's assistance, temporarily, any employee of the environmental protection agency, the department of natural resources, the department of agriculture, the department of health, or the department of development, for the purpose of making studies, conducting hearings, investigating applications, or preparing any report required or authorized under this chapter. Such employees shall not receive any additional compensation over that which they receive from the agency by which they are employed, but they shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred while working under the direction of the chairman chairperson. All contracts for special services are subject to the approval of the chairman chairperson.

(E) The board's offices shall be located in those of the public utilities commission.

Sec. 4911.07.  The salary of the consumers' counsel shall be determined by the consumers' counsel governing board but and shall be in pay range 49 as set forth in section 124.152 of the Revised Code based upon performance.

Sec. 5107.26.  (A) As used in this section:

(1) "Transitional child care" means publicly funded child care provided under division (A)(3) of section 5104.34 of the Revised Code.

(2) "Transitional medicaid" means the medical assistance provided under section 5111.0115 of the Revised Code.

(B) Except as provided in division (C) of this section, each member of an assistance group participating in Ohio works first is ineligible to participate in the program for six payment months if a county department of job and family services determines that a member of the assistance group terminated the member's employment and each person who, on the day prior to the day a recipient begins to receive transitional child care or transitional medicaid, was a member of the recipient's assistance group is ineligible to participate in Ohio works first for six payment months if a county department determines that the recipient terminated the recipient's employment.

(C) No assistance group member shall lose or be denied eligibility to participate in Ohio works first pursuant to division (B) of this section if the termination of employment was because an assistance group member or recipient of transitional child care or transitional medicaid secured comparable or better employment or the county department of job and family services certifies that the member or recipient terminated the employment with just cause.

Just cause includes the following:

(1) Discrimination by an employer based on age, race, sex, color, handicap, religious beliefs, or national origin;

(2) Work demands or conditions that render continued employment unreasonable, such as working without being paid on schedule;

(3) Employment that has become unsuitable due to any of the following:

(a) The wage is less than the federal minimum wage;

(b) The work is at a site subject to a strike or lockout, unless the strike has been enjoined under section 208 of the "Labor-Management Relations Act," 61 Stat. 155 (1947), 29 U.S.C.A. 178, as amended, or an injunction has been issued under section 10 of the "Railway Labor Act," 44 Stat. 586 (1926), 45 U.S.C.A. 160, as amended, or an injunction has been issued under section 4117.16 of the Revised Code;

(c) The documented degree of risk to the member or recipient's health and safety is unreasonable;

(d) The member or recipient is physically or mentally unfit to perform the employment, as documented by medical evidence or by reliable information from other sources.

(4) Documented illness of the member or recipient or of another assistance group member of the member or recipient requiring the presence of the member or recipient;

(5) A documented household emergency;

(6) Lack of adequate child care for children of the member or recipient who are under six years of age.

Sec. 5119.09.  The director of mental health shall prepare, and may amend from time to time, specifications descriptive of the duties, responsibilities, requirements, and desirable qualifications of physician specialists in the department of mental health. The director of mental health shall prepare, and may amend from time to time, classifications for those physician specialists, and they shall receive a salary fixed by the director of administrative services pursuant to section 124.15 or 124.152 of the Revised Code.

The director of mental health may employ and classify physicians in the department as physician specialists, within the classifications and pay ranges fixed pursuant to section 124.15 or 124.152 of the Revised Code. Any physician employed in the department, whether previously classified pursuant to section 124.15 or 124.152 of the Revised Code or otherwise employed in the department, may be classified or reclassified as a physician specialist, pursuant to this section, upon order of the director of mental health; provided that, each such physician shall be qualified as required by this section and meet the specifications for the classification to which the physician is assigned. Any physician classified and designated a physician specialist under authority of this section may be assigned to a different physician specialist classification upon order of the director of mental health; the director of mental health shall certify each such reclassification, and the department of administrative services shall be governed by the certification; provided that, nothing in this section shall alter the powers and duties of the state personnel board of review under division (A)(1) of section 124.03 of the Revised Code.

Each physician classified and designated as a physician specialist in the department, under authority of this section, shall be a reputable physician and a graduate of an accredited medical college, who has had special training and experience in the treatment of mental illness or other condition found in patients in the department.

Sec. 5123.51.  (A) In addition to any other action required by sections 5123.61 and 5126.31 of the Revised Code, the department of developmental disabilities shall review each report the department receives of abuse or neglect of an individual with mental retardation or a developmental disability or misappropriation of an individual's property that includes an allegation that an MR/DD employee committed or was responsible for the abuse, neglect, or misappropriation. The department shall review a report it receives from a public children services agency only after the agency completes its investigation pursuant to section 2151.421 of the Revised Code. On receipt of a notice under section 2930.061 or 5123.541 of the Revised Code, the department shall review the notice.

(B) The department shall do both of the following:

(1) Investigate the allegation or adopt the findings of an investigation or review of the allegation conducted by another person or government entity and determine whether there is a reasonable basis for the allegation;

(2) If the department determines that there is a reasonable basis for the allegation, conduct an adjudication pursuant to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

(C)(1) The department shall appoint an independent hearing officer to conduct any hearing conducted pursuant to division (B)(2) of this section, except that, if the hearing is regarding an employee of the department who is represented by a union, the department and a representative of the union shall jointly select the hearing officer.

(2)(a) Except as provided in division (C)(2)(b) of this section, no hearing shall be conducted under division (B)(2) of this section until any criminal proceeding or collective bargaining arbitration concerning the same allegation has concluded.

(b) The department may conduct a hearing pursuant to division (B)(2) of this section before a criminal proceeding concerning the same allegation is concluded if both of the following are the case:

(i) The department notifies the prosecutor responsible for the criminal proceeding that the department proposes to conduct a hearing.

(ii) The prosecutor consents to the hearing.

(3) In conducting a hearing pursuant to division (B)(2) of this section, the hearing officer shall do all of the following:

(a) Determine whether there is clear and convincing evidence that the MR/DD employee has done any of the following:

(i) Misappropriated property of one or more individuals with mental retardation or a developmental disability that has a value, either separately or taken together, of one hundred dollars or more;

(ii) Misappropriated property of an individual with mental retardation or a developmental disability that is designed to be used as a check, draft, negotiable instrument, credit card, charge card, or device for initiating an electronic fund transfer at a point of sale terminal, automated teller machine, or cash dispensing machine;

(iii) Knowingly abused such an individual;

(iv) Recklessly abused or neglected such an individual, with resulting physical harm;

(v) Negligently abused or neglected such an individual, with resulting serious physical harm;

(vi) Recklessly neglected such an individual, creating a substantial risk of serious physical harm;

(vii) Engaged in sexual conduct or had sexual contact with an individual with mental retardation or another developmental disability who was not the MR/DD employee's spouse and for whom the MR/DD employee was employed or under a contract to provide care;

(viii) Unreasonably failed to make a report pursuant to division (C) of section 5123.61 of the Revised Code when the employee knew or should have known that the failure would result in a substantial risk of harm to an individual with mental retardation or a developmental disability.

(b) Give weight to the decision in any collective bargaining arbitration regarding the same allegation;

(c) Give weight to any relevant facts presented at the hearing.

(D)(1) Unless the director of developmental disabilities determines that there are extenuating circumstances and except as provided in division (E) of this section, if the director, after considering all of the factors listed in division (C)(3) of this section, finds that there is clear and convincing evidence that an MR/DD employee has done one or more of the things described in division (C)(3)(a) of this section the director shall include the name of the employee in the registry established under section 5123.52 of the Revised Code.

(2) Extenuating circumstances the director must consider include the use of physical force by an MR/DD employee that was necessary as self-defense.

(3) If the director includes an MR/DD employee in the registry established under section 5123.52 of the Revised Code, the director shall notify the employee, the person or government entity that employs or contracts with the employee, the individual with mental retardation or a developmental disability who was the subject of the report and that individual's legal guardian, if any, the attorney general, and the prosecuting attorney or other law enforcement agency. If the MR/DD employee holds a license, certificate, registration, or other authorization to engage in a profession issued pursuant to Title XLVII of the Revised Code, the director shall notify the appropriate agency, board, department, or other entity responsible for regulating the employee's professional practice.

(4) If an individual whose name appears on the registry is involved in a court proceeding or arbitration arising from the same facts as the allegation resulting in the individual's placement on the registry, the disposition of the proceeding or arbitration shall be noted in the registry next to the individual's name.

(E) In the case of an allegation concerning an employee of the department, after the hearing conducted pursuant to division (B)(2) of this section, the director of health or that director's designee shall review the decision of the hearing officer to determine whether the standard described in division (C)(3) of this section has been met. If the director or designee determines that the standard has been met and that no extenuating circumstances exist, the director or designee shall notify the director of developmental disabilities that the MR/DD employee is to be included in the registry established under section 5123.52 of the Revised Code. If the director of developmental disabilities receives such notification, the director shall include the MR/DD employee in the registry and shall provide the notification described in division (D)(3) of this section.

(F) If the department is required by Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to give notice of an opportunity for a hearing and the MR/DD employee subject to the notice does not timely request a hearing in accordance with section 119.07 or 5123.0414 of the Revised Code, the department is not required to hold a hearing.

(G) Files and records of investigations conducted pursuant to this section are not public records as defined in section 149.43 of the Revised Code, but, on request, the department shall provide copies of those files and records to the attorney general, a prosecuting attorney, or a law enforcement agency.

Sec. 5126.24.  (A) As used in this section:

(1) "License" means an educator license issued by the state board of education under section 3319.22 of the Revised Code or a certificate issued by the department of developmental disabilities.

(2) "Teacher" means a person employed by a county board of developmental disabilities in a position that requires a license.

(3) "Nonteaching employee" means a person employed by a county board of developmental disabilities in a position that does not require a license.

(4) "Years of service" includes all service described in division (A) of section 3317.13 of the Revised Code.

(B) Subject to rules established by the director of developmental disabilities pursuant to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, each county board of developmental disabilities shall annually adopt separate salary schedules for pay teachers and nonteaching employees a salary based upon performance as described in section 3317.13 of the Revised Code.

(C) The teachers' salary schedule shall provide for increments based on training and years of service. The board may establish its own service requirements provided no teacher receives less than the salary the teacher would be paid under section 3317.13 of the Revised Code if the teacher were employed by a school district board of education and provided full credit for a minimum of five years of actual teaching and military experience as defined in division (A) of such section is given to each teacher.

Each teacher who has completed training that would qualify the teacher for a higher salary bracket pursuant to this section shall file by the fifteenth day of September with the fiscal officer of the board, satisfactory evidence of the completion of such additional training. The fiscal officer shall then immediately place the teacher, pursuant to this section, in the proper salary bracket in accordance with training and years of service. No teacher shall be paid less than the salary to which the teacher would be entitled under section 3317.13 of the Revised Code if the teacher were employed by a school district board of education.

The superintendent of each county board, on or before the fifteenth day of October of each year, shall certify to the state board of education the name of each teacher employed, on an annual salary, in each special education program operated pursuant to section 3323.09 of the Revised Code during the first full school week of October. The superintendent further shall certify, for each teacher, the number of years of training completed at a recognized college, the degrees earned from a college recognized by the state board, the type of license held, the number of months employed by the board, the annual salary, and other information that the state board may request.

(D) The nonteaching employees' salary schedule established by the board shall be based on training, experience, and qualifications with initial salaries no less than salaries in effect on July 1, 1985. Each board shall prepare and may amend from time to time, specifications descriptive of duties, responsibilities, requirements, and desirable qualifications of the classifications of employees required to perform the duties specified in the salary schedule required of the employees in those classifications. All nonteaching employees shall be notified of the position classification to which they are assigned and the salary for the classification. The compensation of all nonteaching employees working for a particular board shall be uniform for like positions except as compensation would be affected by salary increments based upon length of service.

On the fifteenth day of October of each year the nonteaching employees' salary schedule and list of job classifications and salaries in effect on that date shall be filed by each board with the superintendent of public instruction. If such salary schedule and classification plan is not filed, the superintendent of public instruction shall order the board to file such schedule and list forthwith. If this condition is not corrected within ten days after receipt of the order from the superintendent, no money shall be distributed to the district under Chapter 3306. or 3317. of the Revised Code until the superintendent has satisfactory evidence of the board's full compliance with such order.

Sec. 5139.02.  (A)(1) As used in this section, "managing officer" means a deputy director, an assistant deputy director, a superintendent, a regional administrator, a deputy superintendent, or the superintendent of schools of the department of youth services, a member of the release authority, the chief of staff to the release authority, and the victims administrator of the office of victim services.

(2) Each division established by the director of youth services shall consist of managing officers and other employees, including those employed in institutions and regions as necessary to perform the functions assigned to them. The director or appropriate deputy director or managing officer of the department shall supervise the work of each division and determine general policies governing the exercise of powers vested in the department and assigned to each division. The appropriate managing officer or deputy director is responsible to the director for the organization, direction, and supervision of the work of the division or unit and for the exercise of the powers and the performance of the duties of the department assigned to it and, with the director's approval, may establish bureaus or other administrative units within the department.

(B) The director shall appoint all managing officers, who shall be in the unclassified civil service. The director may appoint a person who holds a certified position in the classified service within the department to a position as a managing officer within the department. A person appointed pursuant to this division to a position as a managing officer shall retain the right to resume the position and status held by the person in the classified service immediately prior to the person's appointment as managing officer, regardless of the number of positions the person held in the unclassified service. A managing officer's right to resume a position in the classified service may only be exercised when the director demotes the managing officer to a pay range level lower than the managing officer's current pay range level or revokes the managing officer's appointment to the position of managing officer. A managing officer forfeits the right to resume a position in the classified service when the managing officer is removed from the position of managing officer due to incompetence, inefficiency, dishonesty, drunkenness, immoral conduct, insubordination, discourteous treatment of the public, neglect of duty, violation of this chapter or Chapter 124. of the Revised Code, the rules of the director of youth services or the director of administrative services, any other failure of good behavior, any other acts of misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance in office, or conviction of a felony. A managing officer also forfeits the right to resume a position in the classified service upon transfer to a different agency.

Reinstatement to a position in the classified service shall be to the position held in the classified service immediately prior to appointment as managing officer, or to another position certified by the director of administrative services as being substantially equal to that position. If the position the person previously held in the classified service immediately prior to appointment as a managing officer has been placed in the unclassified service or is otherwise unavailable, the person shall be appointed to a position in the classified service within the department that the director of administrative services certifies is comparable in compensation to the position the person previously held in the classified service. Service as a managing officer shall be counted as service in the position in the classified service held by the person immediately prior to the person's appointment as a managing officer. If a person is reinstated to a position in the classified service under this division, the person shall be returned to the pay range and step level to which the person had been assigned at the time of the appointment as managing officer. Longevity, where applicable, shall be calculated pursuant to the provisions of section 124.181 of the Revised Code.

(C) Each person appointed as a managing officer shall have received special training and shall have experience in the type of work that the person's division is required to perform. Each managing officer, under the supervision of the director, has entire charge of the division, institution, unit, or region for which the managing officer is appointed and, with the director's approval, shall appoint necessary employees and may remove them for cause.

(D) The director may designate one or more deputy directors to sign any personnel actions on the director's behalf. The director shall make a designation in a writing signed by the director, and the designation shall remain in effect until the director revokes or supersedes it with a new designation.

Sec. 5503.03.  The state highway patrol and the superintendent of the state highway patrol shall be furnished by the state with such vehicles, equipment, and supplies as the director of public safety deems necessary, all of which shall remain the property of the state and be strictly accounted for by each member of the patrol.

The patrol may be equipped with standardized and tested devices for weighing vehicles, and may stop and weigh any vehicle which appears to weigh in excess of the amounts permitted by sections 5577.01 to 5577.14 of the Revised Code.

The superintendent, with the approval of the director, shall prescribe rules for instruction and discipline, make all administrative rules, and fix the hours of duty for patrol officers. He The superintendent shall divide the state into districts and assign members of the patrol to such districts in a manner that he the superintendent deems proper. He The superintendent may transfer members of the patrol from one district to another, and classify and rank members of the patrol. All promotions to a higher grade shall be made from the next lower grade. When a patrol officer is promoted by the superintendent, the officer's salary shall be increased to that of the lowest step salary or wage in the pay range for the new grade which shall increase the officer's salary or wage by at least nine per cent of the base pay wherever possible.

Sec. 5505.15.  (A)(1) A member of the state highway patrol retirement system shall contribute ten per cent of the member's annual salary to the state highway patrol retirement fund. The amount shall be deducted by the employer from the employee's salary for each payroll period.

The contributions required under this section shall not be paid by an employer on an employee's behalf, but may be treated as employer contributions for purposes of state and federal income tax deferred income provisions.

(2) The total contributions arising from deductions made prior to January 1, 1966, from the salaries of members in the employ of the state highway patrol and standing to the credit of their individual accounts in the retirement fund shall be transferred and credited to their respective individual accounts in the employees' savings fund.

(B) The state shall annually pay into the employer accumulation fund, in monthly or less frequent installments as the state highway patrol retirement board requires, the employer contribution. The employer contribution shall be an amount equal to twenty-six and one-half per cent of the total salaries paid contributing members. If a member severs connection with the patrol or is dismissed, the employer contribution shall remain in the retirement system.

The rate percentage of the employer contribution shall be certified by the board to the director of budget and management and shall not be lower than nine per cent of the total salaries paid contributing members and shall not exceed three times the rate percentage being deducted from the annual salaries of contributing members. The board shall prepare and submit to the director, on or before the first day of November of each even-numbered year, an estimate of the amounts necessary to pay the state's obligations accruing during the biennium beginning the first day of July of the following year. Such amounts shall be included in the budget and allocated as certified by the board.

Sec. 5703.09.  Each member of the board of tax appeals shall receive a salary fixed pursuant to division (J)(A) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day spent in the discharge of his official duties and shall be reimbursed for his actual and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of such duties.

SECTION 2.  That existing sections 9.81, 9.90, 9.901, 102.02, 103.74, 109.33, 122.40, 122.64, 122.72, 124.11, 124.134, 124.14, 124.15, 124.152, 124.181, 124.322, 124.325, 124.34, 124.38, 124.382, 124.388, 124.39, 124.81, 124.82, 126.32, 141.01, 141.02, 145.012, 145.47, 306.04, 307.054, 339.06, 339.07, 340.04, 505.38, 505.49, 505.60, 709.012, 742.31, 742.63, 749.082, 749.083, 917.03, 927.69, 991.02, 1349.71, 1509.35, 1513.182, 1513.29, 1545.071, 1551.35, 1707.36, 1707.46, 3301.03, 3304.12, 3306.01, 3307.27, 3307.77, 3309.47, 3311.19, 3313.12, 3313.202, 3313.23, 3313.24, 3313.33, 3313.42, 3314.10, 3316.07, 3317.01, 3317.018, 3317.11, 3317.13, 3319.01, 3319.011, 3319.02, 3319.06, 3319.08, 3319.084, 3319.085, 3319.088, 3319.09, 3319.10, 3319.11, 3319.111, 3319.13, 3319.14, 3319.141, 3319.17, 3319.172, 3319.18, 3319.61, 3319.63, 3326.18, 3332.03, 3701.33, 3737.81, 3737.90, 3770.02, 3772.06, 3773.33, 3781.07, 4112.03, 4117.01, 4117.02, 4117.03, 4117.05, 4117.06, 4117.07, 4117.08, 4117.09, 4117.10, 4117.11, 4117.12, 4117.13, 4117.14, 4117.15, 4117.18, 4117.20, 4117.21, 4123.352, 4301.07, 4517.30, 4701.03, 4701.05, 4703.03, 4703.31, 4709.04, 4715.06, 4717.02, 4723.02, 4725.06, 4725.46, 4729.03, 4730.05, 4731.03, 4732.05, 4733.05, 4734.03, 4738.09, 4741.02, 4747.03, 4753.04, 4755.01, 4757.05, 4758.12, 4759.03, 4761.02, 4763.02, 4775.05, 4905.10, 4906.02, 4911.07, 5107.26, 5119.09, 5123.51, 5126.24, 5139.02, 5503.03, 5505.15, and 5703.09 and sections 3317.12, 3317.14, 3319.112, 3319.131, 3319.142, 3319.143, 4117.16, 4117.22, and 4117.23 of the Revised Code are hereby repealed.

SECTION 3.  This act applies to contracts entered into under section 124.81 of the Revised Code on or after the effective date of this act.

SECTION 4.  The amendments to Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code by this act shall apply to a collective bargaining agreement entered into on or after the effective date of this section and to versions of a collective bargaining agreement in effect on the effective date of this section that result from extension, modification, or renewal of the collective bargaining agreement on or after that date. Nothing in this act shall be construed as applying to a collective bargaining agreement entered into under Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code that exists on the effective date of this act.

SECTION 5. The items of law contained in this act, and their applications, are severable. If any item of law contained in this act, or if any application of any item of law contained in this act, is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other items of law contained in this act and their applications that can be given effect without the invalid item of law or application.

SECTION 6.  The General Assembly, applying the principle stated in division (B) of section 1.52 of the Revised Code that amendments are to be harmonized if reasonably capable of simultaneous operation, finds that the following sections, presented in this act as composites of the sections as amended by the acts indicated, are the resulting versions of the sections in effect prior to the effective date of the sections as presented in this act:

Section 124.11 of the Revised Code as amended by both Am. Sub. H.B. 1 and Sub. S.B. 79 of the 128th General Assembly.

Section 124.181 of the Revised Code as amended by both Am. Sub. H.B. 1 and Am. Sub. H.B. 16 of the 128th General Assembly.

Section 124.34 of the Revised Code as amended by both Am. Sub. H.B. 1 and Am. Sub. H.B. 16 of the 128th General Assembly.

Section 505.49 of the Revised Code as amended by both Am. Sub. H.B. 490 and Am. H.B. 515 of the 124th General Assembly.

Section 5126.24 of the Revised Code as amended by both Am. Sub. H.B. 1 and Sub. S.B. 79 of the 128th General Assembly.