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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Ohio House Passes Residency Bill

Ohio Senate Bill 82 was passed by the House yesterday 66-28. It's purpose is to enact section 9.481 of the Revised Code to generally prohibit political subdivisions from imposing residency requirements on certain employees. The bill would set a statewide residency standard for city police and firefighters and allow them to live outside municipal jurisdictions yet still qualify for service with that city. To put it more plainly, the bill would prohibit individual cities from requiring police and firefighters to be residents of their respective employer jurisdictions. According to the Gongwer Report (subscription service), various big city mayors are already contemplating lawsuits (Akron and Cleveland were specificially mentioned). The bill still allows cities to require that municipal employees live in the home county or one adjacent to it.



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