Tag Archives: State and Local Government Law

Ohio’s Oil and Natural Gas Market Update – March 17, 2015

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For those who think the development of shale natural gas resources in the State of Ohio is only a bad thing, I challenge you to examine the recent revenue figures reported by local governments across eastern and southeastern Ohio. Recently, Energy …

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The $800K Public Records Verdict That Never Was

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Plaintiff’s lawyers beware!  Last month a Washington Appellate Court reversed one of the largest public records awards in that state’s history.  The case involved the University of Washington and one of its female employees, Professor Isabelle Bichindaritz (“Professor B”).  Professor …

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Don’t Be Caught in Roswell – Municipal Guide to Denying Cell Phone Tower Applications

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Cell phone towers.  Some say they’re profitable.  Others say they’re an eyesore.  As a member of Council, you are often stuck in the middle of the debate with an obligation to approve or deny an application to build a cell …

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Emergency Clauses in Local Legislation: Are you using emergency language correctly?

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In Ohio, local governments are generally permitted to enact ordinances with “emergency” clauses so they take effect immediately. While the timing can be altered in a charter, Ohio statutes provide that ordinances take effect 30 days after they are enacted. …

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Ohio Sunshine Law Update: Executive Sessions and Economic Development

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In September 2013, the Ohio Sunshine Law was amended to allow public agencies to go into executive session to discuss “economic development.” See R.C. 121.22(G)(8). However, this exception to the Sunshine Law is not as expansive as it first seems. …

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Wood & Lamping Client City of Mason, Ohio Named No. 7 Best Place to Live by Money Magazine

Press Release posted on Monday, August 12th, 2013 View the original at CNN Money website. The attorneys of Wood & Lamping have been partnering with local governments for decades to help solve problems and create new opportunities. One recent accomplishment …

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Using Satellite Images To Identify Zoning Violations

Recently, a town in New York created some buzz on the internet when it was revealed that it was using Google Earth to search all of the backyards in that town for swimming pool transgressions. The town found 250 pools that were …

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Is Your Community Violating Copyright Law By Photocopying Documents To Comply with A Public Records Request?

Recently, a community we represent faced an interesting dilemma. A developer submitted certain architectural drawings and documents related to a project as part of the permitting process and demanded confidentiality stating that the prints were copyrighted and provided a competitive edge to it …

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Fire & EMS Liability in Ohio

This is a document from a presentation on Fire & EMS Liability in Ohio. Click here for the full article.

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