124.10 Garnishment actions against state employees and officers.

(A) Any creditor or judgment creditor of an employee or officer of the state may maintain against the state any action or proceeding in attachment or garnishment or in aid of execution to subject to the payment of the creditor's or judgment creditor's claim or judgment any salary, wages, or other compensation owing to any employee or officer of the state, in the same manner, to the same extent, and in the same courts as any creditor or judgment creditor may, under the laws of this state, subject moneys due a debtor or judgment debtor from any person.

In any such action or proceeding against the state, the order and notice of attachment, garnishment, or proceeding in aid of execution shall be served upon the director of administrative services and shall set forth the name of the state agency in which the debtor or judgment debtor is employed.

(B) No proceeding in garnishment of personal earnings brought under section 2716.03 of the Revised Code shall be brought against a judgment debtor sooner than thirty days after the time an order and notice of garnishment is served upon the director of administrative services, regardless of who brings the proceeding or who brought the last successful proceeding.

(C) If, at the time an order and notice of garnishment is served upon the director of administrative services pursuant to section 2716.05 of the Revised Code, the director has lost administrative control of disposable earnings of the defendant that are being held back, the director may answer question 4(B) of the "Answer of Employer (Garnishee)." In such a case, the director, as garnishee, shall answer the order and notice of garnishment on the first workday following the defendant's next subsequent pay period, notwithstanding any other different time of answer prescribed by Chapter 2716. of the Revised Code. If, at the time an order and notice of garnishment is served upon the director pursuant to section 2716.05 of the Revised Code, the director has not lost administrative control of disposable earnings of the defendant that are being held back, the director, as garnishee, shall answer the order and notice of garnishment on the first workday following the then-current pay period, notwithstanding any different time of answer prescribed by Chapter 2716. of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 03-30-1999