101.68 Availability of agency reports.

(A) Subject to division (D) of this section, within thirty days of the convening of the first regular session of the general assembly, each agency required to submit reports or similar documents to the general assembly pursuant to section 103.43, 3301.07 , 5139.33 , 5501.07 , 5537.17 , or 5593.21 of the Revised Code shall send written notice to each member of the general assembly in order to determine whether the member desires to personally receive the reports or similar documents as they are made available by the agency. If the member desires to personally receive the reports or similar documents as they become available, the member shall send a written request to the agency within thirty days of receiving the notice.

(B) Whenever any statute or rule requires that a report, recommendation, or other similar document be submitted to the general assembly under a law not cited in division (A) of this section, to the members of the general assembly, to one house of the general assembly, or to the members of one house of the general assembly, the requirement shall be fulfilled by the submission of a copy of the report, recommendation, or document to the director of the legislative service commission, the president of the senate, the minority leader of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the minority leader of the house of representatives if both houses of the general assembly or their members are specified, or to the director of the legislative service commission, the president of the senate, and the minority leader of the senate if only the senate or its members are specified, or to the director of the legislative service commission, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the minority leader of the house of representatives if only the house of representatives or its members are specified. This division does not apply to items required to be distributed to members of the general assembly pursuant to section 103.14 , 149.04 , 149.07 , or 149.17 of the Revised Code.

(C) Each month the legislative service commission shall provide to each member of the senate and to each member of the house of representatives a list of all reports, recommendations, and documents submitted to the officers of the general assembly under division (B) of this section. The list shall include a short and accurate description of the content, length, and form of each report, recommendation, or document submitted, as well as a statement setting forth the number printed, if applicable, and the cost of preparation. Each member may request from the legislative service commission a copy of any report, recommendation, or document on the list, and the legislative service commission shall comply with any such request.

(D) Notwithstanding any provision of the Revised Code to the contrary, whenever any statute or rule requires that an agency submit a report, recommendation, or other similar document to the general assembly or otherwise as described in division (B) of this section in a paper, book, or other hard copy format, the report, recommendation, or other document, to the extent technologically feasible, shall be submitted to the general assembly or otherwise as described in division (B) of this section through electronic means, rather than in the hard copy format, and shall be displayed by the agency on a web site it maintains.

Cite as R.C. § 101.68

History. Effective Date: 09-14-2000; 09-29-2005