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Official Website for Digital Public Notices in Ohio has Changed 

On March 14, 2015, became the “official” website for government entities posting digital notices in Ohio, and newspapers are now required to upload to the website. Public Notices Ohio is a service of the Ohio Newspaper Association (ONA). The State will no longer operate its notice website (formerly Abbreviated notices must be posted pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 7.16. The law keeps the site free to the general public, where the user can find statewide notices about hearings, advertisements for bids, financial reports, adoption of ordinances, and other government activities legally requiring public notices. For more information, please visit ONA’s website or contact Jason Sanford, ONA’s manager of communications and content.

We’re Looking for Partners to Keep Competition Healthy!
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Partnership for Competitive Purchasing takes a proactive approach to bid-rigging detection.Our attorneys and investigators regularly work on issues related to anti-competitive activities, giving them the expertise to help you spot bid-rigging and price-fixing. The Partnership offers reviews to analyze bid files for anti-competitive activities and answer your questions or concerns. This is not an audit, but a helpful on-site review to keep competition fair and healthy. 
The partnership is a voluntary program open to all Ohio public entities — from cities to villages, from universities to state agencies, from public libraries to school districts. Registration for the partnership is free and easy. Just visit the Partnership for Competitive Purchasing page and select “Enroll in the Partnership for Competitive Purchasing,” or call us at 614-466-4328.

We Welcome Your Questions, Speaker Requests
We encourage you to suggest a topic or ask a question of the legal staff of the Ohio Attorney General’s Antitrust Section. Questions will be addressed in future issues of Competition Matters. (No individuals’ or organizations’ names will be published.) Please submit your questions or suggested topics to Karen Pierson at
If you have an upcoming conference or association meeting and would like a speaker from our office to talk about the Partnership for Competitive Purchasing, bid-rigging detection, or other antitrust issues, contact Karen Pierson at 614-728-2493 or
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