In this article I will explore what seems to be a prevailing formal view about Ohio legislative history, and the contradictory signals expressed by the Ohio Revised Code and the courts, particularly the Ohio Supreme Court. In Part Two, I consider the prevailing assumptions about legislative history in Ohio. In Part Three, I examine the reality of judicial use of legislative history in Ohio; Part Four describes the Ohio Legislative Service Commission and its non-partisan legislative staff. Part Five compares federal and Ohio legislative history, and argues that Ohio's legislative process and history are rooted in its political culture. In Part Six, I look at the accessibility of Ohio legislative history and the identities of the lawyers who have used Ohio legislative history in their arguments before courts. When I conclude, I hope to have convinced you to view these things through altered lenses and to consider a different possibility: there is legislative history in Ohio after all.
Maureen Bonace McMahon,
Legislative History in Ohio: Myths and Realities,
46 Clev. St. L. Rev.
available at https://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/clevstlrev/vol46/iss1/5