Navigating The Register of Ohio

What is The Register of Ohio? 

According to the Legislative Guidebook, the Legislative Service Commission (LSC) facilitates the Register of Ohio, which is an electronic system for state agencies to file administrative rules. The Register is available to the public, equipped with the filed rules, corresponding rulemaking documents, and information on how rulemaking is conducted. 

Why does the Register Exist? 

O.R.C. § 103.051 notes that the Register exists to “function as a gazette to which members of the public may readily resort for notice of and information about rule-making processes.” In essence, it acts as a resource for the public to stay informed and up to date with the past and present of rulemaking.  

Who Is Involved with the Register? 

It is the LSC Director’s responsibility to publish the Register online and update it on a weekly basis, at minimum, as seen in O.R.C. § 103.051.  The code also says in O.R.C. § 103.052 that the LSC Director can also request a state agency to assist in this task. State agencies, boards and commissions play a role by making the rules themselves. They are required to give public notice to the Register before the rule’s hearing, report revisions made to the rule, provide a rule summary, and file hearing reports, under O.R.C. § 119.03. 

Where Is the Register of Ohio? 

With the purpose of the Register of Ohio being publicly accessible, the Register can be found here. Within the Register, the public is also able to print any and all of the documents in the database. 

When is the Register Updated? 

The code O.R.C. § 103.051 dictates that the LSC Director must update the register at least weekly. It otherwise cites updating the Register at “reasonable intervals,” which follow the publishing deadline that the LSC Director makes. 

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