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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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2022-016

Requested by: Lorain County Prosecuting Attorney
If a municipal corporation annexes township territory pursuant to R.C. 709.16, R.C. 709.16(H) prevents the later use of R.C. 503.07 to make the boundary lines of the township and municipal corporation identical.

2022-015

Requested by: Union County Prosecuting Attorney
Law enforcement officers may not disseminate identification information contained in LEADS and OHLEG to the coroner or the coroner’s investigators for the sole purpose of identifying a deceased person, and a coroner may not compel such dissemination through the subpoenaing power set forth in R.C. 313.17. Deputy sheriffs who also serve as coroner investigators may not access and disseminate identification information contained in LEADS and OHLEG when serving as a coroner investigator.

2022-014

Requested by: Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney
The exemption to the federal minimum-wage requirements for minor-league baseball players found in 29 U.S.C. 213(a)(19) is incorporated into both the minimum-wage and overtime sections in R.C. 4111 et seq. and Article II, Section 34a of the Ohio Constitution. Because of that, minor-league baseball players are exempt from the minimum-wage and overtime protections in Ohio law, provided that the players’ contracts meet the requirements of 29 U.S.C. 213(a)(19).

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.