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Ohio Primary Law Legal Research Guide: Session Laws/ Acts/ Laws of Ohio

Covers Ohio cases, statutes, legislative history, regulations, and administrative decisions.

Session Laws/ Acts/ Laws of Ohio

Session laws, Acts and Laws of Ohio are three ways of referring to bills that has been passed by the General Assembly. Each session law may enact, repeal or amend numerous Ohio Revised Code Sections – for example see 2006 SB 185. Either the General Assembly or the Legislative Service Commission will assign Ohio Revised Code Section numbers to new legislation.

The session laws are the official statutes of the State of Ohio. The Secretary of State used to publish them in print as the Laws of Ohio, but discontinued this in 2006. The Ohio Secretary of State certifies the language of commercially produced codes, such as Page's and Baldwin's. Should a discrepancy arise between the language of a session law and a commercially produced Revised Code, the language of the session law prevails. See Ohio Rev. Code 1.53, Ohio Legal Research by Hall & Sampson, p. 26., KFO75 .H35 2009. As of 2007, the Laws of Ohio are not published in print anymore. They are only on the Secretary of State's website.

Session laws can be used to update an Ohio Revised Code section or to find prior versions of an Ohio Revised Code section.

 

Unofficial Sources for Ohio Session Laws

Official Sources for Session Laws

Laws of Ohio
Franklin County Law Library has most of these from vol. 1- (1803 -2006). Uncodified laws and laws vetoed by the governor are included. Please ask librarian for help in using these materials. The Laws of Ohio are not no longer published in print.
 

Publication Process of Ohio Statutes