Researching Tri-State Administrative Regulations

The Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) is a compilation of more than 25,000 codified Ohio agency regulations. Ohio Revised Code §103.05 requires the OAC be updated monthly and revised annually.

The OAC follows an odd-number organizational format, with citations reading as such: OAC 1501:31-3-01. The 1501 refers to the agency (Department of Natural Resources); the 31 points to the division (Division of Wildlife); the 3 indicates the chapter designation (Commercial Fishing); and the 01 is the rule number (Commercial fishing seasons).

To research the history of a regulation, consult the attached “History” section. For example, a regulation amended in January 1992 will have the following citation: 1991-92 OMR 1397. The 1991-92 is the year of amendment and the Ohio Monthly Record (OMR) volume to consult, page 1397. The OMR is also useful in updating the OAC.

The Cincinnati Law Library provides one print copy each of the OAC and the OMR from 1981. Both Lexis and WestLaw furnish electronic editions and a regulation tracking service. Anderson Publishing, a Lexis subsidiary, maintains the current edition of the OAC at .

In Kentucky, the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) accumulates regulations filed by state agencies and publishes them as the Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR). The KAR is updated monthly by the Kentucky Register (Ky.R.) and is revised each year.

The KAR is organized along a title, chapter and section scheme, e.g. 1 KAR 6:020. The first part, 1 KAR, refers to the title (Legislative Research Commission); the 6 points to the chapter (Capital Planning Advisory Board); and 202 is the section number (Policies and Procedures).

The Cincinnati Law Library subscribes to both the KAR and Ky.R. Both Lexis and WestLaw furnish electronic editions and a regulation tracking service. Kentucky state webpage offers the current edition at http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/kar/titles.htm.

The Indiana Administrative Code (IAC) contains the text of all the state administrative rules and regulations created by Indiana agencies. Like its tri-state counterparts, the IAC is updated each month, but by the Indiana Register (IR).

The IAC is organized similar to the Indiana Code, which has a four-part organizational design: IAC 140-9-1-28. The first part, 140, refers to the title (Bureau of Motor Vehicles); the 9 points to the article (Watercraft); the 1 is the rule number (Definitions); and the 28 is the section (Watercraft defined).

The Cincinnati Law Library subscribes to neither the IAC nor IR. However, Lexis offers both, whereas WestLaw furnishes only the IAC. The Indiana state webpage offers the current edition of the IAC at http://www.state.in.us/legislative/iac/; the current edition of the IR maybe accessed online at http://www.in.gov/legislative/register/index-25.html

Had you noticed...? In order to inform you of the Cincinnati Law Library’s holdings, this column will feature brief reviews of new, important or under-utilized publications. 

Personnel Changes

Billie J. Grey, director of the Cincinnati Law Library Association since 1996, has resigned her position, effective 6 February 2004. She has accepted employment with the Bureau of Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C.

Until a permanent replacement is named, Jeanette Rost will serve as acting director. Julie Koehne and Tom Enneking will carry out day-to-day operations.

New Computers

At the beginning of 2004, the library purchased and installed four new machines in its computer room. They have 512 MB RAM, 2.66 GHz processors, and 17-inch flat-panel LED monitors. Julie Koehne, the library’s IT guru, has been working diligently to set up the new machines. After some unforeseen hardware incompatibilities, they are running smoothly.

Secondhand Smoke and Parents’ Rights

Judge William F. Chinnock Visiting Judge by assignment of the Ohio Supreme Court, has published a law review article entitled "No Smoking around Children," 45 Arizona Law Review 801. Its major points include: 1) smoking tobacco is dangerous and aggravates serious illnesses in non-user adults and children; 2) secondhand smoke compromises the health of children; 3) evidence of secondhand smoke’s dangers are well-known; and 4) family courts have a duty to protect children under their care by prohibiting anyone from smoking in their presence as a matter of standard practice. The inspiration for this article was In re Julia Anne, 121 Ohio Misc. 2d 20, 780 N.E. 2d 635, 2002-Ohio-4489.

LLMC and Hein Online

The Law Library Microform Consortium (LLMC) is a non-profit library cooperative that is one of the world’s largest ongoing microform operations. Within the last year, it has made the leap to the digital world. This organization has digitized its entire back file of 45 million page images and will continue to digitize all future microform projects. LLMC expects to capture another 55 million page images, so that by 2013, clients will have access to more than 100 million page images, both online and on microfilm.

LLMC places emphasis on federal materials in its collection, offering information published by numerous government offices, including the Department of Agriculture, the Federal Power Commission, the Subversive Activities Control Board, and the Treasury.

Patrons may access LLMC at the following website: http://ets.umdl.umich.edu/l/llmc

HeinOnline is an online produce available from William S. Hein & Co., Inc., the well known American legal publisher. At present, HeinOnline contains two electronic libraries. The first is an image-based law journal library that contains nearly 400 of the top legal periodicals. The second is the Federal Register library, which is also image-based and contains the United States Federal Register, 1936-1980.

One of the best features of HeinOnline is that it provides exact page images of the nearly 8 million pages as they originally appeared in hardcopy. This includes all charts, graphs and photographs, as well as other supplementary materials. In the near future, HeinOnline will be adding more libraries, including a Treaties and Agreements Library; a Supreme Court Library; a Criminal Justice Library and an International Law Library.

HeinOnline may be accessed via the Internet at: https://www.heinonline.org. It should be noted that both LLMC and HeinOnline require the law library’s passwords

Totidem Verbis ?

Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves exterminating dissenters. Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the unanimity of the graveyard.

Robert H. Jackson, West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624, 641 (1943).