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Am. H. B. No. 188 As Enrolled
(129th General Assembly)
(Amended House Bill Number 188)
To enact sections 103.61, 103.62, 103.63, 103.64,
103.65, 103.66, and 103.67 of the Revised Code to
establish the Ohio Constitutional Modernization
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:
SECTION 1. That sections 103.61, 103.62, 103.63, 103.64,
103.65, 103.66, and 103.67 of the Revised Code be enacted to read
Sec. 103.61. The members of the Ohio constitutional
modernization commission shall meet for the purpose of:
(A) Studying the Constitution of Ohio;
(B) Promoting an exchange of experiences and suggestions
respecting desired changes in the Constitution;
(C) Considering the problems pertaining to the amendment of
(D) Making recommendations from time to time to the general
assembly for the amendment of the Constitution.
A commission recommendation is void unless it receives a
two-thirds vote of the membership of the commission.
Sec. 103.62. In the event of a call for a constitutional
convention, the Ohio constitutional modernization commission shall
report to the general assembly its recommendations with respect to
the organization of a convention, and report to the convention its
recommendations with respect to amendment of the Constitution.
Sec. 103.63. There is established an Ohio constitutional
modernization commission consisting of thirty-two members. Twelve
members shall be appointed from the general assembly as follows:
three by the president of the senate, three by the minority leader
of the senate, three by the speaker of the house of
representatives, and three by the minority leader of the house of
representatives. Not later than January 1, 2012, and every two
years thereafter, the twelve general assembly members shall meet,
organize, and elect two co-chairpersons, who shall be from
different political parties. The members shall then, by majority
vote, appoint twenty commission members, not from the general
assembly. All appointments shall end on the first day of January
of every even-numbered year, and the commission shall then be
re-created in the manner provided above. Members may be
reappointed. Vacancies on the commission shall be filled in the
manner provided for original appointments.
The members of the commission shall serve without
compensation, but each member shall be reimbursed for actual and
necessary expenses incurred while engaging in the performance of
the member's official duties. Membership on the commission does
not constitute holding another public office.
Sec. 103.64. The Ohio constitutional modernization
commission may receive appropriations and grants, gifts, bequests,
and devises and may expend any funds received in such a manner for
the purpose of reimbursing members for actual and necessary
expenses incurred while engaged in official duties, or for the
purpose of meeting expenses incurred in any special research or
study relating to the Constitution of Ohio. The commission shall
file annually with the auditor of state, on or before the
fifteenth day of March, a full report of all grants, gifts,
bequests, and devises received during the preceding calendar year,
stating the date when each was received and the purpose for which
the funds received therefrom were expended.
Sec. 103.65. The Ohio constitutional modernization
commission may employ professional, technical, and clerical
employees as may be required successfully and efficiently to carry
out the purposes of the commission. Funds for the compensation and
reimbursement of employees shall be paid from the state treasury
out of funds appropriated for the purpose. All disbursements of
the commission shall be by voucher approved by one of the
co-chairpersons of the commission.
Sec. 103.66. The Ohio constitutional modernization
commission shall make its first report to the general assembly not
later than January 1, 2013. Thereafter, it shall report at least
every two years until its work is completed.
Sec. 103.67. The Ohio constitutional modernization
commission shall complete its work on or before July 1, 2021, and
shall cease to exist at that time. The terms of all members shall
expire July 1, 2021.