View Author June 2009
The Ohio Supreme Court, in a 5-2 decision, has ruled that R.C. 9.481 is constitutional and, therefore, municipalities may not require their employees to reside in a particular municipality, other than as provided in R.C. 9.481(B)(2)(b) (which provides a limited exception permitting political subdivisions to pass laws requiring employees to live within the county or an adjacent county). Proponents of municipal home rule should especially take note of the observations by Chief Justice Moyer in his dissenting opinion.