Ohio Legal Research Blog


Report on invasive species in Ohio

The Union of Concerned Scientists has released a report called Invasive Species in Ohio: Pathways, Policies and Costs. It covers economic impacts as well as the environmental costs, and is full of charts and data that illustrate the damage in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. In addition, the report discusses the inadequacy of federal laws and the weakness of Ohio's laws (see: Table 5 - Ohio's Incomplete Legal Authority).

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Judgepedia is a wiki encyclopedia about judges and courts, brought to you by the same sponsors of ballotpedia. Judgepedia is a newer project, opening its doors in the spring of 2008. It has a Federal judiciary portal and a State Supreme Court portal. The State Supreme Court Elections page gathers all the upcoming judicial office changes for all fifty states.

The Judges in the news section for Ohio contained a link to a newly released report The New Politics of Judicial Elections in the Great Lake States, 2000-2008, issued by the Justice at Stake Campaign.


New document on public records law

The Legislative Service Commission issued a new Members Only Brief entitled Public Records Law in Ohio, updating all earlier versions. The document offers a concise explanation of the law, with an appendix listing exceptions from the public records law.

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To locate a quick list of all of Ohio's ballot issues, try out the information compiled by ballotpedia.org. For Ohio it lists both the certified issues on the ballot and those that did not make it. In addition, there are links to news stories, case law references, and key facts on the current issues. A list of all Ohio ballots (from 1913 to 2007) has been compiled, along with summary information on Ohio's ballot procedures and history. All in all, a great research starting point.

Ballotpedia.org is a wiki, containing data for all 50 states. There are state-by-state charts, and lots of statistics. Anyone may contribute to the wiki after registering. The project started in May 2007 and has two paid editors. It is currently sponsored by the Sam Adams Alliance.