A rule that is proposed and adopted pursuant to the rule-making procedures
prescribed by R.C. Chapter 119.
A rule that has completed either the R.C. section 111.15 or R.C. Chapter
119. rule adoption process and has been assigned an effective date by the agency.
A rule that is currently effective to which changes in the text are being
made. The rule retains the same Administrative Code number, and indicates
deleted language, new language, or a combination of both.
A rule amplifies a section of the Revised Code if it expands upon, further
details, or clarifies language in the statute. The statute that a rule amplifies
is identified by the agency in the rule supplemental information ("Rule
Amplifies") and Question #5 of the RSFA Part A form.
Statutory authority is the language in the Revised Code that delegates rule-making
authority to a state agency, board, or commission. The statute that authorizes
a rule is identified by the agency in the rule supplemental information
("Statutory Authority") and in Question #4 of the RSFA Part A
Common Sense Initiative (CSI)
Pursuant to R.C. 107.52, when preparing a proposed rule or an existing rule for five-year
review, agencies will determine if the rule has an adverse impact on businesses.
If an adverse impact exists in a proposed rule, pursuant to R.C. 121.82, the agency
will incorporate features into the draft rule that will eliminate or adequately reduce
the adverse impact. The agency will then submit the proposed rules and a business
impact analysis (BIA) to the Common Sense Initiative Office. Pursuant to R.C. 106.03(A)(6),
as part of the five-year review, agencies will determine if the rule has an adverse impact
on businesses and, if so, pursuant to R.C. 106.031(A)(1), prepare a BIA explaining why the
regulatory intent of the rule justifies its adverse impact on businesses. The agency shall
submit the rule and BIA to the Common Sense Initiative Office.
Common Sense Initiative (CSI) documents
- Business Impact Analysis (BIA) - An instrument developed by CSI to be
used by agencies to evaluate draft and existing rules that might have an adverse impact on businesses.
- CSI Recommendation- When CSI has concluded their review of proposed or existing rules, they
may choose to prepare and transmit to the agency recommendations on how 1) the draft rule might
be revised to eliminate or reduce any adverse impact the draft rule might have on businesses or 2)
the existing rule might be amended or rescinded to eliminate or reduce any adverse impact the
existing rule has on businesses.
- Agency Memorandum of Response -
- Upon receipt of recommendations from CSI for proposed rules, the agency 1) prepares a
memorandum identifying features suggested by any CSI recommendations that were incorporated
into the proposed rule and explaining how the features either eliminate or reduce any
adverse impact on businesses or 2) prepares a memorandum identifying features suggested
by any CSI recommendations that were not incorporated into the proposed rule and explaining
why the features were not incorporated.
- Upon receipt of recommendations from CSI for existing rules, if the agency determines not
to amend or rescind the rule, the agency prepares a memorandum explaining why the rule is
not being rescinded or why the recommendations are not being incorporated into the rule.
Electronic Rule-Filing System. The system developed and maintained by LSC,
and used by state agencies, boards,
commissions, and state institutions of higher education to electronically file
A rule that is adopted by means of an abbreviated rule-making process. An
emergency rule filed pursuant to R.C. Chapter 119. is effective immediately
upon filing. An emergency rule filed pursuant to R.C. section 111.15 is
effective immediately upon filing unless the agency assigns a later effective
date. An emergency rule, whether 119 or 111.15, expires on the 91st day
after it takes effect unless, in the meantime, the agency has readopted
the rule according to the normally applicable rule-making procedure.
The filing of a rule in adopted form after JCARR jurisdiction has ended.
Upon final filing, an agency assigns an effective date to a rule.
Five-year review (FYR)
Pursuant to R.C. section 106.03, every five years state agencies must review
each of their rules and determine whether to continue without change, amend,
or rescind them. Prior to the scheduled review date of a rule, an agency
must review the rule utilizing criteria specified in R.C. section 106.03.
Internal Management rule
Any rule that governs the day-to-day staff procedures and operations within
an agency. An internal management rule is not subject to R.C. Chapter 119.
rule-making procedures unless it affects private rights. All internal management
rules not subject to R.C. Chapter 119. are subject to R.C. section 111.15.
(See R.C. sections 111.15(A)(3) and (D)(4) and 119.01(C) and (I).)
Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review
77 S. High St., Concourse Level
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-4086
Ohio Legislative Service Commission
77 S. High St., 8th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 387-2078
A rule with an A.C. rule number not currently in use, or a rule number currently
in use but being rescinded when the new rule is being adopted. A new rule
contains all new language, which appears in underlined lowercase.
The Ohio Administrative Code contains the full text of, or a reference to, every rule
that has been adopted by the agencies of state government and state institutions of
higher education. The Administrative Code is available at
The Ohio Revised Code is available at
The initial filing of a proposed new, amended, or rescinded rule.
Prior effective dates
The dates on which prior versions of the rule became effective. Each date
included in the rule supplemental information coincides with the effective
date of a prior version of the rule.
The rule-making procedure under which a rule is promulgated, usually R.C.
Chapter 119. or R.C. section 111.15. The agency specifies this information
in the rule supplemental information and in Question #3 of the RSFA Part
Any rule that has been originally filed but not yet final filed.
Rule Summary and Fiscal Analysis. A form prescribed by JCARR, pursuant to
R.C. section 127.18, that agencies must complete when filing proposed or
A proposed rule that is modified more than 35 days after the original filing.
A refiled rule will incur an additional 30 days of JCARR jurisdiction from
the date of the refiled filing.
Register of Ohio
Maintained by LSC, the Register of Ohio is "an electronic
publication that functions as a gazette to which members of the public may
readily resort for notice of and information about rule-making processes."
Agency rule-making documents, including notices of public hearings required
under the Ohio Administrative Procedure Act (R.C. Chapter 119.), are published
in the Register.
Renumbering a rule
If an agency wants to renumber an existing rule, it must rescind the existing
rule and enact the old language as a new rule bearing the new A.C. rule
Rescinding a rule means to remove the rule from the law. Upon the effective
date of a rescinded rule, the rule ceases to exist.
A proposed rule that is modified no more than 35 days after it has been
A rule is a formal, written communication of the law that has been established
by an agency under a statute that authorizes the agency to adopt rules.
A filing action executed by an agency. Possible actions include original
filing, revised filing, refiled filing, final filing, withdraw proposed, withdraw final,
to be refiled, emergency, and five-year review.
The type of rule filed by an agency. Possible types include amendment, new,
rescission, no-change, emergency amendment, emergency new, and emergency
State institution of higher education
A state university identified in section 3345.011 of the Revised Code, the
northeast Ohio medical university, or a community college, state community
college, or technical college.
The information that appears on the last page of a rule published in the
Register. It is a series of notations about the rule, including
the effective date, certification, five-year review dates, statutory
authorization, and a history trail of prior effective dates.
To Be Refiled (TBR)
A proposed rule that has been temporarily removed from JCARR consideration
by the rule-filing agency. The rule will remain in TBR status until the agency
revises or refiles the rule.
Withdraw Final rule
A rule that has been final filed, but the agency withdraws the final filing
before the effective date. A withdraw final action has the effect of returning
the rule to the proposed status it was in prior to final filing.
Withdraw Proposed rule
A proposed rule that has been removed from the rule-making process. An agency
can withdraw a proposed rule anytime prior to final filing the rule. Withdrawing
a proposed rule withdraws all previous proposed filings of that rule number
in the current filing lifecycle, as if the rule was never proposed.