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H. B. No. 188 As IntroducedAs Introduced
|129th General Assembly|
Representatives Derickson, Beck, Thompson, Wachtmann, Maag, Stebelton, Amstutz, Adams, R., Combs, Blair, Gardner, Johnson, Boose, Carey, Butler, Grossman, Burke, Stautberg, Duffey, Huffman, Adams, J., Newbold, Hayes, Dovilla, Slaby, Martin, Brenner
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
Commission and to make an appropriation.
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. On 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.
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Section 2. All appropriation items in this act are
appropriated out of money in the state treasury to the credit of
the designated fund. For all appropriations made in this act, the
amounts in the first column are for fiscal year 2012 and the
amounts in the second column are for fiscal year 2013. The
appropriations made in this act are in addition to any other
appropriations made for the FY 2012-FY 2013 biennium.
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|TOTAL GRF General Revenue Fund
|TOTAL ALL BUDGET FUND GROUPS
OHIO CONSTITUTIONAL MODERNIZATION COMMISSION
The foregoing appropriation item 035411, Ohio Constitutional
Modernization Commission, shall be used to support the operation
and expenses of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission
under sections 103.61 to 103.67 of the Revised Code.
Section 3. Within the limits set forth in this act, the
Director of Budget and Management shall establish accounts
indicating the source and amount of funds for each appropriation
made in this act, and shall determine the form and manner in which
appropriation accounts shall be maintained. Expenditures from
appropriations contained in this act shall be accounted for as
though made in the main operating appropriations act of the 129th
The appropriations made in this act are subject to all
provisions of the main operating appropriations act of the 129th
General Assembly that are generally applicable to such
Section 4. Sections 2, 3, and 4 of this act, and the items of
law of which they are composed, are not subject to the referendum
under Ohio Constitution, Article II, Section 1d and section 1.471
of the Revised Code and therefore go into immediate effect when
this act becomes law.