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Ohio Local Government Law Resource Guide   Tags: counties, home rule, local government law, municipal law, ohio, townships  

Learn about Ohio county, municipal, township & special district governments and the laws that govern them.
Last Updated: Dec 16, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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This guide aims to help students identify Ohio's forms of local government and sources for finding the legal resources they produce. For contextual understanding of the state legal structure within which they function, see our Ohio  Primary Law and Ohio Secondary Sources  Research Guides.

Ohio's local governments include counties, townships, municipalities and special districts. They are all creatures of the state, and derive their authority from powers conferred by the state. See:

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Search Many Primary and Secondary Sources at Once

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    Ohio Tab: From the Browse Sources Menu, click on the state materials tab, then Ohio. Type a search in the search box to search all Ohio content. Alternatively, click on the radio button "Specify Content to Search", and select multiple sources.

    Municipal Law Tab: Click on the Topics tab and select Municipal Law to access Municipal Law Sources for all states. The municipal law related statutes are broken down by state, so this is a way to easily find local government law statutes for Ohio.
  • Lexis Advance  Icon
    Use the Filters pulldown menu in the search box to select (1) Practice Area/Topic - Government Law and (if desired) (2) Jurisdiction - Ohio
  • Bloomberg Law  Icon
    Bloomberg does not have a topic area for Local Government Law. To find Ohio materials, Click on All Legal Content (Upper Left, under Getting Started-Research). Select US Law>Jurisdiction (in the grey bar). Click on the plus sign to open up State, and then Ohio. Click on the words "Combined Ohio" to search all Ohio sources. Or select multiple individual sources by clicking on the name of the source.
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    Legal > Area of Law - By Topic > Municipal Government

    From Lexis Advance, click on the down arrow next to Lexis Advance Research in the upper left. Select

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