5101.37 Investigations and hearings by department, county or child support enforcement agency.

(A) The department of job and family services and each county department of job and family services and child support enforcement agency may conduct any audits or investigations that are necessary in the performance of their duties, and to that end they shall have the same power as a judge of a county court to administer oaths and to enforce the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books or papers.

The department and each county department and agency shall keep a record of their audits and investigations stating the time, place, charges, or subject ; witnesses summoned and examined ; and their conclusions.

Witnesses shall be paid the fees and mileage provided for under section 119.094 of the Revised Code.

(B) In conducting hearings pursuant to Chapters 3119., 3121., and 3123. or pursuant to division (B) of section 5101.35 of the Revised Code, the department and each child support enforcement agency have the same power as a judge of a county court to administer oaths and to enforce the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books or papers. The department and each agency shall keep a record of those hearings stating the time, place, charges, or subject ; witnesses summoned and examined ; and their conclusions.

The issuance of a subpoena by the department or a child support enforcement agency to enforce attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books or papers at a hearing is discretionary and the department or agency is not required to pay the fees of witnesses for attendance and travel.

(C) Any judge of any division of the court of common pleas, upon application of the department or a county department or child support enforcement agency, may compel the attendance of witnesses, the production of books or papers, and the giving of testimony before the department, county department, or agency, by a judgment for contempt or otherwise, in the same manner as in cases before those courts.

(D) Until an audit report is formally released by the department of job and family services, the audit report or any working paper or other document or record prepared by the department and related to the audit that is the subject of the audit report is not a public record under section 149.43 of the Revised Code.

(E) The director of job and family services may adopt rules as necessary to implement this section. The rules shall be adopted in accordance with section 111.15 of the Revised Code as if they were internal management rules.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 03-22-2001; 2008 HB525 07-01-2009