715.55 Liability arising from enforcement of invalid adult entertainment ordinance.

(A) As used in this section, "adult entertainment establishment" has the same meaning as in section 2907.39 of the Revised Code.

(B) The legislative authority of a municipal corporation may request the attorney general to provide legal guidance and assistance in developing, formulating, and drafting an ordinance regarding the operation of adult entertainment establishments that does not conflict with general laws, with any provision in Chapter 4303. of the Revised Code, or with any provision in a rule adopted by the division of liquor control pursuant to that chapter that regulates establishments that hold a liquor permit. Upon the request of a legislative authority pursuant to this division, the attorney general shall provide legal guidance and assistance to the municipal corporation in developing, formulating, and drafting an ordinance regarding adult entertainment establishments. The ordinance may include, but need not be limited to, antinudity restrictions, limitations on hours of operation, interior configuration requirements, and requirements that an adult entertainment establishment and its employees obtain licenses or permits to operate as an adult entertainment establishment or to be employed by an adult entertainment establishment. The ordinance may create one or more criminal offenses and impose criminal penalties related to the operation of adult entertainment establishments or may provide for civil sanctions for violations of the ordinance.

(C) Except as otherwise provided in this division, the state shall indemnify a municipal corporation and the members of the municipal corporation's legislative authority from liability incurred in the enforcement of an ordinance that is authorized by this section, that was drafted in accordance with legal guidance provided by the attorney general as described in division (B) of this section, and that a court finds to be unconstitutional or otherwise legally defective by paying any judgment in, or amount negotiated in settlement of, any civil action arising from the enforcement of the ordinance. The state shall not indemnify a municipal corporation or the members of the municipal corporation's legislative authority until all appeals have been exhausted or the action has otherwise been finally resolved.

The state shall not indemnify a municipal corporation or the members of the municipal corporation's legislative authority for any of the following or to the extent that any of the following apply:

(1) Any part of the judgment or settlement that represents damages that are covered by a policy of insurance for civil liability;

(2) Any part of the judgment or settlement that is based upon an officer or employee of the municipal corporation acting manifestly outside the scope of the officer's or employee's employment or official responsibilities, with malicious purpose, in bad faith, or in a wanton or reckless manner;

(3) Any part of the judgment that is for punitive damages;

(4) Any part of a consent judgment or settlement that the attorney general determines is unreasonable.

Effective Date: 2007 SB16 09-04-2007