July 29, 2014

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Ohio Supreme Court rules against residency rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A divided Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that city governments may not require employees to live within city limits.

The court ruled 5-2 Wednesday that a 2006 state law preventing local government residency requirements overrides the home rule powers of municipalities.

Attorneys for Akron, Lima and Cleveland had argued in January oral arguments that the residency requirements help their tax base, maximize emergency services and make their workers more responsive to local concerns. Unions representing employees sided with the state law.

About 130 Ohio cities and villages have some form of residency requirement.