130th Ohio General Assembly
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H. B. No. 232  As Passed by the House
As Passed by the House

129th General Assembly
Regular Session
2011-2012
H. B. No. 232


Representatives Letson, O'Brien 

Cosponsors: Representatives Antonio, Fende, Weddington, Mallory, Gerberry, DeGeeter, Adams, J., Anielski, Barnes, Beck, Blair, Bubp, Carney, Celeste, Combs, Driehaus, Duffey, Fedor, Foley, Garland, Hagan, R., Heard, Hill, Luckie, McClain, Milkovich, Murray, Newbold, Patmon, Phillips, Pillich, Reece, Roegner, Sears, Slaby, Szollosi, Winburn 



A BILL
To amend sections 331.01, 331.02, 331.03, and 331.04 of the Revised Code to expand the authority of a county facilities review board to include any facility where an adult ward of the probate court resides or receives services among the institutions subject to its review.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1. That sections 331.01, 331.02, 331.03, and 331.04 of the Revised Code be amended to read as follows:
Sec. 331.01.  In each county there may be a county facilities review board. Each such board shall consist of six persons, not more than three of whom shall have the same political affiliations, appointed for the inspection of all charitable and correctional institutions supported in whole or in part from county or municipal corporation funds and for the inspection of any facility where an adult ward of the probate court resides or receives services that are approved and authorized by the probate court, regardless of whether that facility is funded with private funds or is funded in whole or in part with state or local funds. Three of such appointees shall be women. If the judge of the probate court chooses to appoint a county facilities review board, he the judge shall initially appoint six persons, two of whom shall be appointed for terms of three years, two for terms of two years, and two for terms of one year. The terms of office shall commence on the first day of May. Thereafter, within thirty days prior to the first day of May of each year, the judge shall appoint two persons for a term of three years, beginning upon the first day of May. The judge of the probate court may terminate or reconstitute the county facilities review board by an appropriate journal entry.
All vacancies in the board shall be filled in the manner provided by the original appointment, for the unexpired term only.
Sec. 331.02.  A certificate of appointment to the county facilities review board shall be issued to the persons appointed under section 331.01 of the Revised Code, and a copy, giving full names and addresses, shall be sent to the central office of the department of job and family services. No person shall be qualified to serve on the board who is in any manner officially connected with any charitable or correctional institution within the county supported wholly or partly at public expense or with any facility in which an adult ward of the probate court resides or receives services that are approved and authorized by the probate court.
Sec. 331.03.  The county facilities review board shall serve without compensation, but actual expenses incurred in the discharge of its duties, including the costs of printing its annual report required by division (A) of section 331.06 of the Revised Code, and actual necessary expense incurred by any member, to be selected by such board, in visiting any other charitable or correctional institution or any facility where an adult ward of the probate court resides or receives services that are approved and authorized by the probate court for the purpose of information, and in attendance upon any convention or meeting held within this state in the interest of and to deliberate upon charitable or correctional methods and work, to an amount not to exceed one thousand dollars in any year, shall be allowed by the board of county commissioners. The county auditor shall issue a warrant for such expense which shall be paid by the county treasurer, provided the judge of the probate court has issued a certificate that the members of the county facilities review board have satisfactorily performed their duties, as provided in sections 331.04 to 331.06 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 331.04.  The county facilities review board, by personal visitation or otherwise, shall keep fully advised of the condition and management of all charitable or correctional institutions supported in whole or in part by county or municipal taxation, or which are under county or municipal control, and especially the county home, county jail, municipal prisons, and children's home. The county facilities review board, by personal visitation or otherwise, shall keep fully advised of the condition and management of any facility where an adult ward of the probate court resides or receives services that are approved and authorized by the probate court. From time to time the county facilities review board shall recommend to the board of county commissioners and to any other officials or persons responsible for such institutions or facilities, such changes and additional provisions as the county facilities review board considers essential for the economical and efficient administration of the institutions or facilities. At least once in every three months each of such institutions or facilities shall be visited by the county facilities review board or a committee of its members. Failure in the performance of these duties on the part of any member of the county facilities review board for one year shall be sufficient cause for his the member's removal by the judge of the probate court.
Section 2. That existing sections 331.01, 331.02, 331.03, and 331.04 of the Revised Code are hereby repealed.
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