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Ohio Primary Law Legal Research Guide: Updating a Statute

Guide based on Cleveland-Marshall's Ohio Primary Law Research Guide. Covers Ohio cases, statutes, legislative history, regulations, and administrative decisions.

How Current are the Print and Electronic Ohio Revised Codes?

"Current" Ohio Revised Codes in print are only as current as the latest volume or pocket part. Electronic versions are only as current as the last time the database was updated, although Lexis and Westlaw appear to update their online ORCs quickly.

How can you tell how up to date a pocket part or online code is? Click on the “i” next to the database name in Westlaw or Lexis, or click on “currentness” when you are in a code section.  Look at the cover of the pocket part.  

Also, underneath the text of the statutes in the Ohio Revised Code Annotated, there is a HISTORY section, which lists the Session Laws enacting or updating that code section.  The history section indicates the last session law incorporated into that ORC section.

The History Section looks like this:

HISTORY:

RS § 7424; S&S 516; 73 v 40, § 26; GC § 2183; 103 v 65; Bureau of Code Revision, 10-1-53; 125 v 887 (Eff 7-1-54); 134 v H 494 (Eff 7-12-72); 138 v H 654. Eff 4-9-82.

Updating For Newly Passed Legislation

 

To see if an Ohio Revised Code Section has been amended, repealed or added since the last update of the Code, you must look at the Session Laws for the current General Assembly. 

You can search the following Session laws electronically for the Ohio Revised Code Section number or for keywords

    • Hannah Capitol Connection (click on "Search" in the top right hand corner)
    • LexisAdvance -Ohio Advanced Legislative Service;
    •  WestlawNext - Ohio Enacted Legislation;
    • LexisNexis Academic (Sources>United States>Region=Ohio>Legislation,Statutes & Codes>Advance Legislative Services)
  • You can also try an electronic search in the Legislative Information Search on the Ohio General Assembly's webpage, but note that this database includes bills that did not pass, as well as bills that passed. 
  • The following print resources contain tables of Ohio Revised Code Sections affected by new session laws, as well as subject indexes: 
    • Pages Ohio Revised Code Annotated Bulletin 
    • Baldwin's Ohio Legislative Service Annotated 
  • In the Ohio Revised Code on WestlawNext, Keycite flags indicate whether legislation is pending 

Tracking for new legislation