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Requested by: Ashtabula County Prosecuting Attorney
If a board of county commissioners designates a communicable-disease-control program operated by the board of health of a general health district as a tuberculosis-control unit for the county, the board of county commissioners is not permitted to enter into a contract with the general health district for the provision of these services, nor can the general health district refuse to execute the duties of the tuberculosis-control unit.


Requested by: Trumbull County Prosecuting Attorney
Compatibility: The positions of township fiscal officer and member of a board of education for a local school district within the same geographical area are compatible, provided that the fiscal officer refrains from assisting in the preparation of the township’s budget, the person refrains from voting on, approving, negotiating, or discussing contracts involving the township and school district, and the person does not partake in determining if or when to issue a tax abatement that impacts the township and school district.


Requested by: Geauga County Prosecuting Attorney
Compatibility: A person may not serve simultaneously as a local school district board member and a commissioner of a county park board if the school district is in the same county as the park board.


Requested by: Morrow County Prosecuting Attorney
Compatibility: A person may not serve simultaneously as a county commissioner and as the treasurer of a local school district within the same county.


Requested by: Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives
The commission, acting under Ohio Constitution Article XIX Section 3(B)(2), may enact a congressional map by a simple majority vote, which is valid for the time period that the previous map was valid for be-fore being found unconstitutional.


Requested by: Preble County Prosecuting Attorney
Compatibility: A person may serve simultaneously as the Preble County clerk of the court of common pleas and as the clerk of the Eaton Municipal Court, but the clerk of the Eaton Municipal Court may not be hired as an independent contractor, and is a public employee as defined in R.C. 145.01.


Requested by: Richland County Prosecuting Attorney
When an educational service center or joint educational service center contains a local school district that has part of its territory cross into another county, the territory of the local school district lying in another county is part of the territory of the educational service center.


Requested by: Seneca County Prosecuting attorney
R.C. 3501.054 prohibits public officials from collaborating with nongovernmental persons or entities only when the public official is acting in his or her official capacity.

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