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2022-001

Requested by: Seneca County Prosecuting attorney
R.C. 3501.054 prohibits public officials from collaborating with nongovernmental persons or entities only when the public official is acting in his or her official capacity.

2021-029

Requested by: Brown County Prosecuting Attorney
Compatibility: A person cannot simultaneously serve as a township trustee and board-of-education member for a local school district when the local school district serves the township.

2021-028

Requested by: Butler County Prosecuting Attorney
County fees collected by county officials through financial transaction devices must comply with the requirements of R.C. 301.28, which cannot be circumvented by relying upon the competitive bidding process in sections R.C. 307.86 or 307.862 or by contracting with a third-party vendor who uses their own financial-transaction-device processor.

2021-027

Requested by: Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney
Compatibility: A person may not serve simultaneously as a county sheriff and as a district supervisor of a soil and water conservation district when the positions are within the same county.

2021-026

Requested by: Summit County Prosecuting Attorney
A board of township trustees is a “local authority” as defined in R.C. 4511.01(AA) and does not have open-ended authority to promulgate traffic regulations but may, at the intersection of two township roads or a township road and a county road, erect and maintain traffic-control devices that make the intersection a multi-way stop, and a board is not required to obtain an engineering study before erecting those devices.

2021-025

Requested by: Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney
Data created by a county office that is merely stored on servers kept and maintained by a county automatic data processing center does not constitute a “record,” as defined by R.C. 149.011(G), of the county automatic data processing center, and the center has no authority to respond to public records requests made pursuant to R.C. 149.43.

2021-024

Requested by: Sandusky County Prosecuting Attorney
A joint self-insurance pool operating pursuant to R.C. 9.833 may not purchase an ownership interest in a foreign or out-of-state captive-insurance pool in order to obtain stop-loss health insurance.

2021-023

Requested by: The Supreme Court of Ohio
Article IV, Section 6(B) of the Ohio Constitution does not prohibit justices of the Ohio Supreme Court from participating in the vaccination incentive program.

2021-022

Requested by: State Board of Education
The State Board of Education has authority to direct the Department of Education to reexamine the academic content standards and model curriculums to make recommendations to the State Board of Education as necessary to eliminate bias and ensure that racism and the struggle for equality are accurately represented, has authority to require employees of the Department of Education to take implicit bias training, and does not have authority to require that all contractors working with the Department of Education take implicit bias training.

2021-021

Requested by: Union County Prosecuting Attorney
For purposes of calculating officials' salaries under R.C. Chapter 325, the results of the federal decennial census are effective as to the date on which the State receives the completed tabulations of population from the United States Secretary of Commerce.

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