130th Ohio General Assembly
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(124th General Assembly)
(Substitute House Bill Number 230)



AN ACT
To amend, for the purpose of adopting a new section number as indicated in parentheses, section 122.98 (122.971) and to enact new section 122.98 and section 122.981 of the Revised Code to create the Ohio Aerospace and Defense Advisory Council.

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

SECTION 1. That section 122.98 (122.971) be amended for the purpose of adopting a new section number as indicated in parentheses, and new section 122.98 and section 122.981 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:

Sec. 122.98 122.971 (A) The Ohio steel industry advisory council shall do all of the following:

(1) Conduct an examination of existing federal and Ohio laws which currently affect the production and consumption of Ohio steel, problems which the Ohio steel industry currently faces, including foreign competition and the economic climate for the Ohio steel industry, and other matters relevant to the future of the steel industry in this state;

(2) Submit an annual report, no later than the first day of October of each year, to the speaker and minority leader of the house of representatives, the president and minority leader of the senate, and the chairpersons of the standing committees of the house of representatives and senate to which matters concerning commerce and labor are normally referred. The report shall propose methods to expand the use of Ohio steel within the state, the United States, and the world; identify problems facing the Ohio steel industry discovered during the council's activities; and make recommendations to modify state statutes or rules.

(3) Upon request, advise state and local government officials on questions and matters affecting the steel industry;

(4) Work closely with the Ohio steel futures program.

(B) The director of development shall transmit copies of all requests for information and assistance from the steel futures program and copies of program evaluations conducted by that program to the council. The council may make recommendations to the steel futures program regarding research and development and funding of programs to be undertaken by the steel futures program.

Sec. 122.98. (A)(1) There is hereby created the Ohio aerospace and defense advisory council, which shall consist of eleven voting members and not more than six nonvoting members.

(2) The governor shall appoint the eleven voting members of the council with the advice and consent of the senate, and shall designate one of these members to serve as the chairperson of the council. The voting members so appointed by the governor shall be individuals who are knowledgeable in at least one of the following fields: aerospace technology, national defense issues associated with aerospace technology, issues facing private enterprises that conduct business in the aerospace industry, technology commercialization, or other fields that are relevant to the mission of the council as determined by the governor.

The governor shall make the appointments of the voting members so that they represent, as determined by the governor, designated geographical regions of the state in the following manner: not less than two voting members shall represent the Cleveland metropolitan region; not less than two voting members shall represent the Miami valley region; and any remaining voting members shall represent all other regions of the state. All of the voting members so appointed by the governor shall be employees or former employees of private enterprises, except that not less than two of the voting members shall be faculty members of a public or private institution of higher education associated with aerospace technology matters.

Not more than six of the voting members so appointed by the governor shall be members of the same political party.

(3) The governor also may appoint two additional members of the council with the advice and consent of the senate if the governor considers additional members to be necessary. These additional members shall be nonvoting members. One of the additional members shall be an employee of the United States air force who is assigned to the Wright-Patterson air force base. The other additional member shall be an employee of the national aeronautics and space administration who is assigned to the John H. Glenn research center.

(4) The president of the senate shall appoint to the council two members of the senate, each of whom shall be a member of a different political party. The speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint to the council two members of the house of representatives, each of whom shall be a member of a different political party. These legislative members shall serve as nonvoting members of the council.

(B) The terms of office of the council's members appointed by the governor shall be three years from the date of appointment. The terms of office of the council's legislative members shall be for the biennial session of the general assembly in which they are appointed. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as provided for original appointments. Members may be reappointed.

(C) The council shall meet at least once each six months or more frequently upon the call of the chairperson or upon the request of seven or more members. Eight members of the council constitute a quorum, but the council shall take no official action without the affirmative vote of at least six members. The council may elect officers in addition to the chairperson as it considers necessary.

(D) Members of the council shall receive no compensation, but shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the course of the performance of their duties as members of the council.

(E) The department of development, as requested by the council, shall provide the council with meeting space, staff services, and other technical assistance. The department shall assist the council with the costs of production and distribution of council reports from the general operating budget of the department.

Sec. 122.981. (A) The Ohio aerospace and defense advisory council may do any of the following:

(1) Conduct an examination of existing and proposed laws, rules, and policies of this state or the United States that affect or may affect the growth and viability of the aerospace and defense industries in this state and the status of federal installations in this state associated with those industries; an examination of problems that the aerospace and defense industries in this state face at any particular time, including problems arising from foreign competition or the economic climate in this state; and an examination of technology commercialization and other matters relevant to the future of the aerospace and defense industries in this state;

(2) Advise federal, state, and local government officials on questions and matters affecting the aerospace and defense industries in this state.

(B) The council shall submit an annual report not later than the first day of October of each year to the speaker and minority leader of the house of representatives, the president and minority leader of the senate, and the chairpersons of the standing committees of the house of representatives and senate to which matters concerning economic development are normally referred. The council also shall submit the report to the director of development, who shall make copies of the report available to members of the public upon request. The department of development staff assigned to the council shall keep a record of all requests.

The report shall describe the council's activities during the previous year. The report may propose methods to expand the aerospace and defense industries in this state; identify problems facing the aerospace and defense industries in this state that were discovered during the council's activities; and make recommendations to modify state statutes, rules, or policies.

Following submission of the annual report as described in this division, a member of the council designated by the chairperson shall provide testimony concerning the report to the standing committees of the house of representatives and senate to which matters concerning economic development are normally referred or at a joint hearing or hearings of those committees set for that purpose.

SECTION 2. That existing section 122.98 of the Revised Code is hereby repealed.

SECTION 3. (A) The Governor shall make initial appointments of voting members to the Ohio Aerospace and Defense Advisory Council as required by section 122.98 of the Revised Code, as newly enacted by this act, not later than ninety days after the effective date of this act. The Governor shall appoint three of those initial voting members to serve a term of one year, four of them to serve a term of two years, and four of them to serve a term of three years. Thereafter, the voting members appointed by the Governor shall serve the term specified in division (B) of new section 122.98 of the Revised Code.

(B) The Ohio Aerospace and Defense Advisory Council created by section 122.98 of the Revised Code, as newly enacted by this act, shall expire on December 31, 2004, in accordance with division (A) of section 101.83 of the Revised Code, unless the Council is renewed in accordance with division (D) of that section.

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