The office of information technology, by itself or by contract with another entity, shall establish, operate, and maintain a state public notice web site. In establishing, maintaining, and operating the state public notice web site, the office of information technology shall:
(A) Use a domain name for the web site that will be easily recognizable and remembered by and understandable to users of the web site;
(B) Maintain the web site so that it is fully accessible to and searchable by members of the public at all times;
(C) Not charge a fee to a person who accesses, searches, or otherwise uses the web site;
(D) Not charge a fee to a state agency or political subdivision for publishing a notice on the web site;
(E) Ensure that notices displayed on the web site conform to the requirements that would apply to the notices if they were being published in a newspaper, as directed in section 7.16 of the Revised Code or in the relevant provision of the statute or rule that requires the notice;
(F) Ensure that notices continue to be displayed on the web site for not less than the length of time required by the relevant provision of the statute or rule that requires the notice;
(G) Devise and display on the web site a form that may be downloaded and used to request publication of a notice on the web site;
(H) Enable responsible parties to submit notices and requests for their publication;
(I) Maintain an archive of notices that no longer are displayed on the web site;
(J) Enable notices, both those currently displayed and those archived, to be accessed by key word, by party name, by case number, by county, and by other useful identifiers;
(K) Maintain adequate systemic security and backup features, and develop and maintain a contingency plan for coping with and recovering from power outages, systemic failures, and other unforeseeable difficulties;
(L) Maintain the web site in such a manner that it will not infringe legally protected interests, so that vulnerability of the web site to interruption because of litigation or the threat of litigation is reduced; and
(M) Submit a status report to the secretary of state twice annually that demonstrates compliance with statutory requirements governing publication of notices.
The office of information technology shall bear the expense of maintaining the state public notice web site domain name.
Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.