Composition


103.71. Correctional Institution Inspection Committee Created.

There is hereby created a Correctional Institution Inspection Committee as a Subcommittee of the Legislative Service Commission. The Committee shall consist of eight persons, four of whom shall be Members of the Senate appointed by the President of the Senate, not more than two of whom shall be Members of the same political party, and four of whom shall be Members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, not more than two of whom shall be Members of the same political party.

Initial appointments to the Committee shall be made within 15 days after the effective date of this section and in the manner prescribed in this section. Thereafter, appointments to the Committee shall be made within 15 days after the commencement of the first regular session of the General Assembly and in the manner prescribed in this section. A vacancy on the Committee shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment. Members of the Committee shall serve on the Committee until the appointments are made in the first regular session of the following General Assembly, unless they cease to be Members of the General Assembly.

The Committee, subject to the oversight and direction of the Legislative Service Commission, shall direct the work of the Director and Staff of the Committee.
103.72. Officers; Reimbursement for Expenses.

The Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, by a vote of at least five members, shall select from its membership a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and a Secretary. The Members of the Committee shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of their official duties.
The Correctional Institution Inspection Committee was created by Statute in section 103.71 of the Ohio Revised Code effective November 9, 1977. The Committee was originally a totally separate, independent Legislative Committee, but was later placed under the Legislative Service Commission (LSC), subject to the Commission’s “direction and oversight.”

The Legislative Service Commission is a statutory agency created to provide technical and research services to members of the General Assembly, such as bill drafting and bill analysis. The Commission’s 14 members include the Speaker of the House of Representatives and Senate President. The Commission selects a Chairman and Vice- Chairman, traditionally either the Senate President or Speaker, who serve for two years, rotating between the houses. The Senate President and Speaker appoint six members each from their respective house. Not more than four of the six appointed members may be of the same political party.

The movement of the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee to the status of Subcommittee of the Legislative Service Commission has proven to be extremely beneficial to the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee. It enables the small CIIC staff to have access to the greater resources of LSC in terms of office space, equipment, supplies, and even technical assistance of the LSC computer experts. In addition, LSC employees perform time-consuming final processing responsibilities with respect to time sheets, payroll and billing. The movement to LSC also has the advantage of creating an administrative link between the CIIC, Speaker of the House, and President of the Senate. It creates a mutually beneficial system of checks and balances.