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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.

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Requested by: Logan County Prosecuting Attorney
Whether a composting facility is considered “agriculture” under R.C. 519.01 and exempt from township zoning resolutions under R.C. 519.21(A) is a question of fact to be determined by the township; and, if not considered agriculture, can only be regulated as a conditional use if it is a specifically permitted as a conditional use in the township’s zoning laws. If a composting facility is not agriculture, and therefore subject to township zoning laws, it must comply with the township zoning laws even if it has obtained a permit from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Revised Code 519.23-.24 provides the procedure if there is any dispute over the applicability of township zoning laws to a composting facility.


Requested by: Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney
The term “services” as used in R.C. 9.48 does not include “construction” or “construction services.” 2019 Att’y Gen. No. 2019-028 followed. However, the term “services” may cover the installation, maintenance, repair, and the like of items acquired under R.C. 9.48 provided such services to not constitute nor cross into construction or construction services. Whether any particular service acquired under R.C. 9.48, including any repair, maintenance, replacement, installation, or upgrade constitutes “construction” or “construction services” is a question of fact beyond the opinion-rendering function of the Attorney General.


Requested by: Knox County Prosecuting Attorney
A board of township trustees lacks authority to establish a death benefit payable directly from township funds to the family of a township employee who dies while so employed.


Requested by: Holmes County Prosecuting Attorney
If dogs under the age of eight weeks old are sold directly to the public, R.C. 955.50(A) does not apply. However, if dogs under the age of eight weeks old are sold for the purpose of being resold or placed into commerce, R.C. 955.50(A) does apply. Whether this statute applies to high volume dog breeders depends on to whom and for what purpose the dogs are sold. Finally, whether there is any payment made is irrelevant to the analysis because it is not in the statute.


Requested by: Geauga County Prosecuting Attorney
The duties of the county records commission, county microfilming board, and county recorder acting as chief administrator of the county microfilming board cannot be delegated to the board of county commissioners. Because the duties of the county records commission and the county microfilming board cannot be delegated, they may only be transferred pursuant to the procedure outlined in R.C. 307.847. There is no explicit or implicit authority in the Revised Code for the county microfilming board to contract for services with its own county’s board of county commissioners; instead, the county microfilming board is statutorily required to provide these services to the board of county commissioners.