The apportionment board shall direct the secretary of the board to organize a series of public hearings in at least five locations around the state of Ohio for the board members or their designees to receive public comment and input on the apportionment process.
The secretary of the board shall notify the members of the apportionment board or their designees of the time, date, and location of each public hearing as soon as possible and in no event less than twenty-four hours prior to each public hearing.
The secretary of the board shall provide notice of the public hearings in the manner prescribed in paragraph (B)(1), (B)(2), or (B)(3) of rule 011-1-01 of the Administrative Code not less than twenty-four hours prior to the public hearings.
The secretary of the board shall preside over these public hearings. Members of the apportionment board need not be present at these public hearings. Each member of the apportionment board may designate an individual(s) to represent the member at any or all of these public hearings. Any individual so designated to represent a member of the board shall have no voting rights. No official business or action of the apportionment board, other than the receiving of public comment and input, shall take place at the public hearings referred to in this rule.