2006 Ohio Revised Code - 111.15. Adoption and filing of agency rules.

§ 111.15. Adoption and filing of agency rules.
 

(A)  As used in this section: 

(1) "Rule" includes any rule, regulation, bylaw, or standard having a general and uniform operation adopted by an agency under the authority of the laws governing the agency; any appendix to a rule; and any internal management rule. "Rule" does not include any guideline adopted pursuant to section 3301.0714 [3301.07.14] of the Revised Code, any order respecting the duties of employees, any finding, any determination of a question of law or fact in a matter presented to an agency, or any rule promulgated pursuant to Chapter 119., section 4141.14, division (C)(1) or (2) of section 5117.02, or section 5703.14 of the Revised Code. "Rule" includes any amendment or rescission of a rule. 

(2) "Agency" means any governmental entity of the state and includes, but is not limited to, any board, department, division, commission, bureau, society, council, institution, state college or university, community college district, technical college district, or state community college. "Agency" does not include the general assembly, the controlling board, the adjutant general's department, or any court. 

(3) "Internal management rule" means any rule, regulation, bylaw, or standard governing the day-to-day staff procedures and operations within an agency. 

(4) "Substantive revision" has the same meaning as in division (J) of section 119.01 of the Revised Code. 

(B) (1)  Any rule, other than a rule of an emergency nature, adopted by any agency pursuant to this section shall be effective on the tenth day after the day on which the rule in final form and in compliance with division (B)(3) of this section is filed as follows: 

(a) The rule shall be filed in electronic form with both the secretary of state and the director of the legislative service commission; 

(b) The rule shall be filed in electronic form with the joint committee on agency rule review. Division (B)(1)(b) of this section does not apply to any rule to which division (D) of this section does not apply. 

An agency that adopts or amends a rule that is subject to division (D) of this section shall assign a review date to the rule that is not later than five years after its effective date. If no review date is assigned to a rule, or if a review date assigned to a rule exceeds the five-year maximum, the review date for the rule is five years after its effective date. A rule with a review date is subject to review under section 119.032 [119.03.2] of the Revised Code. This paragraph does not apply to a rule of a state college or university, community college district, technical college district, or state community college. 

If all filings are not completed on the same day, the rule shall be effective on the tenth day after the day on which the latest filing is completed. If an agency in adopting a rule designates an effective date that is later than the effective date provided for by division (B)(1) of this section, the rule if filed as required by such division shall become effective on the later date designated by the agency. 

Any rule that is required to be filed under division (B)(1) of this section is also subject to division (D) of this section if not exempted by division (D)(1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), or (8) of this section. 

If a rule incorporates a text or other material by reference, the agency shall comply with sections 121.71 to 121.76 of the Revised Code. 

(2) A rule of an emergency nature necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety shall state the reasons for the necessity. The emergency rule, in final form and in compliance with division (B)(3) of this section, shall be filed in electronic form with the secretary of state, the director of the legislative service commission, and the joint committee on agency rule review. The emergency rule is effective immediately upon completion of the latest filing, except that if the agency in adopting the emergency rule designates an effective date, or date and time of day, that is later than the effective date and time provided for by division (B)(2) of this section, the emergency rule if filed as required by such division shall become effective at the later date, or later date and time of day, designated by the agency. 

An emergency rule becomes invalid at the end of the ninetieth day it is in effect. Prior to that date, the agency may file the emergency rule as a nonemergency rule in compliance with division (B)(1) of this section. The agency may not refile the emergency rule in compliance with division (B)(2) of this section so that, upon the emergency rule becoming invalid under such division, the emergency rule will continue in effect without interruption for another ninety-day period. 

(3) An agency shall file a rule under division (B)(1) or (2) of this section in compliance with the following standards and procedures: 

(a) The rule shall be numbered in accordance with the numbering system devised by the director for the Ohio administrative code. 

(b) The rule shall be prepared and submitted in compliance with the rules of the legislative service commission. 

(c) The rule shall clearly state the date on which it is to be effective and the date on which it will expire, if known. 

(d) Each rule that amends or rescinds another rule shall clearly refer to the rule that is amended or rescinded. Each amendment shall fully restate the rule as amended. 

If the director of the legislative service commission or the director's designee gives an agency notice pursuant to section 103.05 of the Revised Code that a rule filed by the agency is not in compliance with the rules of the legislative service commission, the agency shall within thirty days after receipt of the notice conform the rule to the rules of the commission as directed in the notice. 

(C)  All rules filed pursuant to divisions (B)(1)(a) and (2) of this section shall be recorded by the secretary of state and the director under the title of the agency adopting the rule and shall be numbered according to the numbering system devised by the director. The secretary of state and the director shall preserve the rules in an accessible manner. Each such rule shall be a public record open to public inspection and may be transmitted to any law publishing company that wishes to reproduce it. 

(D)  At least sixty-five days before a board, commission, department, division, or bureau of the government of the state files a rule under division (B)(1) of this section, it shall file the full text of the proposed rule in electronic form with the joint committee on agency rule review, and the proposed rule is subject to legislative review and invalidation under division (I) of section 119.03 of the Revised Code. If a state board, commission, department, division, or bureau makes a substantive revision in a proposed rule after it is filed with the joint committee, the state board, commission, department, division, or bureau shall promptly file the full text of the proposed rule in its revised form in electronic form with the joint committee. The latest version of a proposed rule as filed with the joint committee supersedes each earlier version of the text of the same proposed rule. Except as provided in division (F) of this section, a state board, commission, department, division, or bureau shall also file the rule summary and fiscal analysis prepared under section 121.24 or 127.18 of the Revised Code, or both, in electronic form along with a proposed rule, and along with a proposed rule in revised form, that is filed under this division. 
 

As used in this division, "commission" includes the public utilities commission when adopting rules under a federal or state statute. 
 

This division does not apply to any of the following: 

(1) A proposed rule of an emergency nature; 

(2) A rule proposed under section 1121.05, 1121.06, 1155.18, 1163.22, 1349.33, 1707.201 [1707.20.1], 1733.412 [1733.41.2], 4123.29, 4123.34, 4123.341 [4123.34.1], 4123.342 [4123.34.2], 4123.40, 4123.411 [4123.41.1], 4123.44, or 4123.442 [4123.44.2] of the Revised Code; 

(3) A rule proposed by an agency other than a board, commission, department, division, or bureau of the government of the state; 

(4) A proposed internal management rule of a board, commission, department, division, or bureau of the government of the state; 

(5) Any proposed rule that must be adopted verbatim by an agency pursuant to federal law or rule, to become effective within sixty days of adoption, in order to continue the operation of a federally reimbursed program in this state, so long as the proposed rule contains both of the following: 

(a) A statement that it is proposed for the purpose of complying with a federal law or rule; 

(b) A citation to the federal law or rule that requires verbatim compliance. 

(6) An initial rule proposed by the director of health to impose safety standards and quality-of-care standards with respect to a health service specified in section 3702.11 of the Revised Code, or an initial rule proposed by the director to impose quality standards on a facility listed in division (A)(4) of section 3702.30 of the Revised Code, if section 3702.12 of the Revised Code requires that the rule be adopted under this section; 

(7) A rule of the state lottery commission pertaining to instant game rules. 

If a rule is exempt from legislative review under division (D)(5) of this section, and if the federal law or rule pursuant to which the rule was adopted expires, is repealed or rescinded, or otherwise terminates, the rule is thereafter subject to legislative review under division (D) of this section. 

(E)  Whenever a state board, commission, department, division, or bureau files a proposed rule or a proposed rule in revised form under division (D) of this section, it shall also file the full text of the same proposed rule or proposed rule in revised form in electronic form with the secretary of state and the director of the legislative service commission. Except as provided in division (F) of this section, a state board, commission, department, division, or bureau shall file the rule summary and fiscal analysis prepared under section 121.24 or 127.18 of the Revised Code, or both, in electronic form along with a proposed rule or proposed rule in revised form that is filed with the secretary of state or the director of the legislative service commission. 

(F)  Except as otherwise provided in this division, the auditor of state or the auditor of state's designee is not required to file a rule summary and fiscal analysis along with a proposed rule, or proposed rule in revised form, that the auditor of state proposes under section 117.12, 117.19, 117.38, or 117.43 of the Revised Code and files under division (D) or (E) of this section. If, however, the auditor of state or the designee prepares a rule summary and fiscal analysis of the original version of such a proposed rule for purposes of complying with section 121.24 of the Revised Code, the auditor of state or designee shall file the rule summary and fiscal analysis in electronic form along with the original version of the proposed rule filed under division (D) or (E) of this section. 
 

HISTORY: GC § 161-1; 119 v 149; 120 v 358; Bureau of Code Revision, 10-1-53; 136 v H 317 (Eff 9-30-76); 137 v H 25 (Eff 11-4-77); 137 v H 257 (Eff 1-1-78); 137 v S 321 (Eff 4-14-78); 138 v S 8 (Eff 9-19-79); 138 v H 204 (Eff 9-19-79); 138 v H 657 (Eff 9-24-79); 138 v H 440 (Eff 3-13-81); 138 v H 1 (Eff 8-5-81); 139 v H 694 (Eff 11-15-81); 140 v H 244 (Eff 7-4-84); 140 v S 239 (Eff 1-1-85); 141 v H 201 (Eff 7-1-85); 141 v S 269 (Eff 3-13-86); 144 v H 437 (Eff 4-30-92); 144 v S 359 (Eff 12-22-92); 145 v H 695 (Eff 9-29-94); 146 v S 50 (Eff 4-20-95); 146 v S 156 (Eff 6-30-95); 146 v H 473 (Eff 9-26-96); 146 v S 211 (Eff 9-26-96); 146 v H 538 (Eff 1-1-97); 146 v S 82 (Eff 3-7-97); 147 v H 215 (Eff 6-30-97); 147 v S 130 (Eff 9-18-97); 147 v H 562 (Eff 9-30-98); 147 v H 850 (Eff 3-18-99); 148 v S 11, § 1 (Eff 9-15-99); 148 v S 11, § 3 (Eff 4-1-2001); 148 v S 11, § 6 (Eff 4-1-2002); 149 v H 386 (Eff 5-24-2002); 149 v S 138 (Eff 6-18-2002); 149 v S 265. Eff 9-17-2002; 151 v H 81, § 1, eff. 4-14-06; 151 v H 197, § 1, eff. 11-13-06.
 

See provisions, § 3 of SB 265 (149 v  - ) following RC § 119.03. 

The provisions of § 8 of SB 265 (149 v  - ) read as follows: 

SECTION 8. Section 111.15 of the Revised Code is presented in this act as a composite of the section as amended by both Sub. H.B. 386 and Am. Sub. S.B. 138 of the 124th General Assembly. The General Assembly, applying the principle stated in division (B) of section 1.52 of the Revised Code that amendments are to be harmonized if reasonably capable of simultaneous operation, finds that the composite is the resulting version of the section in effect prior to the effective date of the section as presented in this act. 

 

Effect of Amendments

151 v H 197, effective November 13, 2006, in (D)(6), deleted "and quality-of-care data reporting requirements" preceding "with respect to". 

151 v H 81, effective April 14, 2006, inserted "1163.22" in (D)(2). 

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