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As chief law officer of the state, the Ohio Attorney General provides written opinions on legal questions at the request of designated public officials on issues arising in the course of their duties.  The Attorney General’s Office does not prepare opinions for private citizens. The Opinions Section researches, writes, and prepares for issuance and publication all formal opinions of the Attorney General. For more details about the formal opinions process, please visit the Opinions FAQs.

The Opinions Section also maintains a listing of previous AG Opinions that have been subsequently overruled.

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2022-013

Requested by: Liberty Township Law Director
A township that elects to offer reimbursement to its employees under R.C. 505.60(D) is not required to provide reimbursement to its township trustees.

2022-012

Requested by: Logan County Prosecuting Attorney
Pursuant to R.C. 519.13, a township is not required to have a separate board of zoning appeals for each zoned area.

2022-011

Requested by: Union Township Law Director
An entity that provides a newborn-safety incubator pursuant to R.C. 2151.3516 is required, if possible, to make available the materials specified in R.C. 2151.3518(A)(3) and (4) to a parent who delivers a child to the incubator and may exercise its official discretion to decide how those materials will be made available.

2022-010

Requested by: Office of the Ohio Public Defender
R.C. 120.521(A) empowers the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation to use money allocated to the Access to Justice Foundation Fund for the charitable purposes of: (i) enhancing or improving the delivery of civil legal services to indigents; (ii) operating the Access to Justice Foundation; and (iii) providing financial assistance to eligible legal-aid societies. The source of the money does not matter. Additionally, the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation has the discretion to disburse funds from the Access to Justice Foundation Fund for the purposes of enhancing or improving the delivery of civil legal services to indigents, even if such disbursal simultaneously benefits non-indigent poor or underserved Ohioans.

2022-009

Requested by: Licking County Prosecuting Attorney
Pursuant to the terms of R.C. 2113.64-.67, a county treasurer cannot take an ownership interest in outstanding annuities when the designated beneficiary of the annuities is either unknown or not found.