130th Ohio General Assembly
 

Index of Legislative Web Sites

Attorney General of Ohio
The official web site for the office of the Attorney General of the state of Ohio.
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Auditor of Ohio
The official web site for the office of the Auditor of the state of Ohio.
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Bill Analyses
The Legislative Service Commission prepares a detailed narrative description of each bill that is scheduled for a hearing in committee. This bill analysis is updated as the bill moves through the legislative process. Each analysis contains (1) a heading consisting of the bill number, the version of the bill being analyzed, and the bill's sponsors, (2) brief statements summarizing the bill, (3) a content and operation section that describes the bill in more detail, and (4) the bill's legislative history. An analysis usually is easier to understand than the bill itself because it is written in narrative style and organized by topic, with the bill's key provisions described first.
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Budget Footnotes
This newsletter, sent regularly to each legislator and to other interested parties, contains information on the fiscal position of the General Revenue Fund, the main source of discretionary funding for state programs. In addition, feature articles highlight research on a variety of fiscal and policy issues.
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Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB)
The role of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is to provide all educational, maintenance, support and security services for the Capitol Square Complex and grounds, and to operate the parking garage under the Statehouse.
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Catalog of Budget Line Items
This catalog of accounts is published biennially after the budget is adopted. Within each state agency, the catalog describes the legal authority, purpose, and revenue source for each fund and account, and it displays disbursements from the previous four years and appropriations for the current biennium.
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Committee Schedules
The schedules for each of the Senate and House committees specifying when they are meeting and what bills they will be discussing during that meeting.
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Correctional Institution Inspection Committee (CIIC)
The Correctional Institution Inspection Committee (CIIC) works on issues related to the state's correctional institutions and the inmates of these institutions.
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Digest of Enactments
The Legislative Service Commission prepares for the members of the General Assembly analyses of nearly all the bills and proposed constitutional amendments considered by the General Assembly. The Digest of Enactments is a compilation of condensed versions of the final analyses of bills. The Digest of Enactments replaces the Summary of Enactments published by the Legislative Service Commission in various formats since 1953. Persons interested in the detail of an enactment should review the final analysis of the act or secure a copy of the act itself in slip act form from the Secretary of State.
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Final Analyses
When a bill is passed, the LSC staff prepare a final analysis of the act. The final analysis contains a detailed, narrative description of the bill as passed by the General Assembly, reflecting any changes made on the floor of the second house or in conference committee, if any. A final analysis is prepared as quickly as possible after a bill's passing and may not reflect the Governor's decision to either sign, veto, or let become law without the Governor's signature.
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Fiscal Notes
Fiscal notes estimate the effects of proposed legislation on state and local government and expenditures. Every effort is made to prepare notes for the second committee hearing, but time may be needed based on the extent of research required. Local impact statements, which are included in fiscal notes, are required for bills that could result in a net additional cost (as determined by fiscal management) to school districts, counties, municipalities, or townships. The information provided in fiscal notes and local impact statements can be useful for decision making even when dollar estimates are not possible.
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Governor's Office
The official web site for the office of the Governor of the state of Ohio.
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A Guidebook for Ohio Legislators
The Guidebook summarizes the Ohio lawmaking process, the role of legislators, the staff assistance available to members of the Ohio General Assembly, and the role of other participants in the legislative process in Ohio. While the Guidebook is intended for use as a reference for members of the General Assembly, it should be useful to persons generally interested in the Ohio legislative process.
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House of Representatives
The official web site of the Ohio House of Representatives.
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JCARR Procedures Manual
The manual for explaining and filing for rule changes for the Ohio Administrative Code.
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JCARR Weekly Reports
JCARR's weekly reports and meeting agendas.
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JLEC Advisory Opinions
An Advisory opinion is publicly sought and the person to whom the opinion is directed or who is similarly situated may reasonably rely on the opinion and shall be immune from criminal prosecutions, civil suits, or actions for removal from his or her office or position of employment under the ethics laws and related statutes based on the facts and circumstances covered in the opinion. All Advisory opinions are a public record.
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Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR)
The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) is a joint legislative committee comprised of five state Senators and five state Representatives. The primary function of JCARR is to review proposed administrative rules to ensure that the rule 1) does not exceed the statutory authority of the agency; 2) is consistent with legislative intent; 3) does not conflict with another administrative rule; and 4) is accompanied by a complete and accurate rule summary and fiscal analysis. If the rule fails in one of the above categories, JCARR may recommend the adoption of a concurrent resolution to the General Assembly which would invalidating the rule.
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Joint Legislative Ethics Committee/Office of the Legislative Inspector General (JLEC/OLIG)
The Joint Legislative Ethics Committee (JLEC) was established to monitor compliance with Ohio's Ethics Law as it applies to the Legislative Branch. It is also responsible for administering Ohio's Lobbying Laws and exercises its powers and duties pertaining to Legislative Agents, Executive Agency Lobbyists, and their employers. The Office of the Legislative Inspector General (OLIG) is accountable to the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee and is responsible for the actual implementation of the provisions of the Ethics and Lobbying Laws.
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Legislative Information Systems (LIS)
Legislative Information Systems (LIS) serves the Ohio General Assembly and the legislative agencies by providing computer network services, help desk support, computer education and training services and assistance with the development of new or improved computer applications.
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Legislative Service Commission (LSC)
The Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC) is a statutory agency that was created in 1953 to provide technical and research services to members of the General Assembly. Among their duties, the Commission is responsible for providing bill drafting, research, and other technical services to all members of the General Assembly. As of September 2000, the Legislative Budget Office was merged with the LSC and is now known as the LSC Fiscal Staff. The LSC Fiscal Staff provides members of the General Assembly with state revenue and expenditure estimates, drafting of appropriation bills and amendments, fiscal notes and local impact statements, and general information about governmental fiscal issues.
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Legislative Schedules
The semi-annual calendar of the Ohio General Assembly, listing which days the House and/or Senate will be in session, and which days are reserved for committee hearings.
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Lobbyist Center
One stop shopping to find information on registered lobbyists, agencies that hire lobbyists, and information on registering to become a lobbyist in the state of Ohio. Additional information on reporting, gifts, penalties, forms needed to be filed, lists, the newsletter and handbook are all part of this page.
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LSC Rule Drafting Manual
The LSC Rule Drafting Manual explains how to draft administrative rules whether the agency is enacting, amending, or rescinding a rule for state agencies and state-supported institutions of higher learning. Useful primarily as a reference, this manual is especially helpful when first learning the rule drafting and filing process, as well as when further explanation is necessary regarding any technical errors found in agency rules.
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LSC Staff Research Reports
The Legislative Service Commission staff sometimes is requested to engage in specialized long-term research projects. Since these projects require a great deal of staff time and effort, the Commission (composed of legislators) must approve this type of research project before it is undertaken by the LSC staff. At times, the Commission appoints a special committee of legislators to undertake such a long-term project with LSC staff assistance. On other occasions, the staff is responsible for conducting the research and reporting staff findings back to the Commission.
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Lt. Governor's Office
The official web site for the office of the Lt. Governor of the state of Ohio.
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Members Only Briefs
LSC prepares these publications for members of the General Assembly as brief summaries of various issues or provisions of current law that are of general interest to members as determined by LSC Staff. Briefs differ from LSC Research Reports in that Research Reports are prepared pursuant to a specific legislative mandate, and often, are executed in conjunction with the activities of a select committee of legislators that is charged with examining an issue and making a report back to the full General Assembly.
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Ohio Acts
Once a bill is enacted, an enrolled (printed) version of the final bill is prepared and signed by the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate. At this point, the bill becomes an act and is sent to the Governor for approval or disapproval.
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Ohio Administrative Code
Rules of the executive agencies of the State of Ohio. Complete text of all rules, including full appendices, certified to the Legislative Service Commission and the Secretary of State.
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Ohio Boards and Commissions
A listing of all of the boards and commissions that are part of the state government, how they are appointed or elected, the terms of the offices, membership, contact information and other important information on each of these groups. A very important and information packed site.
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Ohio Constitution
The complete text of the 1851 version of the Ohio Constitution is also available through this web site. It includes all amendments through 2010.
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Ohio General Assembly Web Site
The official web site of the Ohio General Assembly.
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Ohio Revised Code
The laws of the state of Ohio are codified in the Ohio Revised Code. It is organized into titles, chapters, and sections. The 31 titles are the most general classifications and each is broken into chapters dealing with a particular topic of the law within the general subject of the title. Chapters are further divided into sections which contain the text of individual statutes pertaining to the chapter's subject matter.
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Ohio Senate
The official web site of the Ohio Senate.
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Search for Legislative Information
The main page for finding legislation from the 130th, 129th, 128th, 127th, 126th, 125th, 124th, 123rd or 122nd General Assembly, including pending legislation.
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Secretary of State's Office
The official web site for the office of the Secretary of State for the state of Ohio.
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State of Ohio Web Site
The main web site for the State of Ohio, primarily for the Executive Branch of the state government.
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Status Report of Legislation
The LSC staff publishes a status report of legislation weekly during periods in which the General Assembly is in session. The Status Report of Legislation lists all bills and resolutions introduced in the General Assembly as of the date of issue and their progress through the legislative process as of the end of the preceding week The Status Report of Legislation also lists the dates on which any legislative action was taken on each bill or resolution.
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Supreme Court of Ohio
The official web site of The Supreme Court of Ohio.
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Treasurer of Ohio
The official web site for the office of the Treasurer of the state of Ohio.
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