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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.

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2021-003

Requested by: Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney
A county-run EMS organization can provide previously scheduled services that require ventilation, oxygenation, cardiac monitoring, and the administration of medications (or other services described in 4765.37, 4765.38, and 4765.39) so long as the service is performed by an EMT. A county-run EMS organization located in a county with a population greater than 40,000 may not provide patient transport services that do not require services described in R.C. 4765.35, 4765.37, 4765.38, and 4765.39.

2021-002

Requested by: Licking County Prosecuting Attorney
Due to an impermissible conflict of interest, a person may not serve simultaneously as a county treasurer and as a member of a municipal civil service commission when the two positions are within the same county.

2021-001

Requested by: Erie County Prosecuting Attorney
An examination of the responsibilities of a county auditor relative to a line item appropriation amount for county employee salaries, and particularly whether any potential liability may arise for issuing a warrant in violation of R.C. 5705.45 and R.C. 319.16.

2020-007

Requested by: Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney
Under specific conditions, a board of county commissioners has authority to execute leases of county-owned property for the purpose of construction and use of a Class II saltwater injection well involving disposal.

2020-006

Requested by: Ashtabula County Prosecuting Attorney
The opinion examines whether collections from tax foreclosures and forfeited land sales may be distributed to county land banks. The opinion contains three conclusions: 1) A board of county commissioners may authorize that up to 5% of delinquent taxes and assessments collected from a vacant land sale or tax foreclosures, conducted pursuant to R.C. 5721.18 and 5721.19, may be paid to county land banks, 2) delinquent taxes and assessments from forfeited lands sales cannot, pursuant to R.C. 5723.18, be paid to a county land bank, and 3) the phrase “collections of delinquent real property, personal property, and manufactured and mobile home taxes and assessments,” as used in R.C. 321.261(B) includes collections from forfeited land sales.