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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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2022-001

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.