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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.

The Opinions Section also maintains a listing of previous AG Opinions that have been subsequently overruled.

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2020-003

Requested by: Medina County Prosecuting Attorney
R.C. 325.33(B) requires that a board of county commissioners and a clerk of court agree that there is an excess in the certificate of title administration fund before a county budget commission may resolve a dispute regarding the excess.

2020-002

Requested by: Medina County Prosecuting Attorney
Courts may suspend jury trials to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, and they may do so consistent with state and federal speedy-trial obligations.

2020-001

Requested by: Licking County Prosecuting Attorney
County auditor's unclassified real estate appraiser may not serve simultaneously as a board of zoning appeals member if he/she is not able to abstain from appraising certain property within the county.

2019-033

Requested by: State Board of Deposit
The OhioCrypto.com cryptocurrency payment processor is a financial transaction device as that term is defined in R.C. 113.40. The State Board of Deposit must approve OhioCrypto.com pursuant to R.C. 113.40 before it can be used to collect state taxes.

2019-032

Requested by: Department of Administrative Services
Medical, dental, and vision benefits provided to a death benefit fund recipient under R.C. 124.824 are not subject to federal, state, or local income taxation, regardless of whether a recipient is a survivor of a state or local fallen public safety officer.