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Ohio Supreme Court strikes municipal worker residency rule

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In a 5-2 decision, the state Supreme Court has ruled that municipalities may no longer require their employees to live within the municipality’s borders.

The ruling upholds a 2006 state law that struck down various “home rule” provisions allowing cities, counties, townships and school districts to require their workers to live within the jurisdiction.

After the law took effect, two cities, Akron and Lima, challenged the law’s constitutionality. That effort died with this decision.

In the opinion, the state’s high court noted that the state constitution grants the Ohio General Assembly the power to pass laws “providing for the comfort, health, safety, and general welfare” of employees. The court ruled that the state law was a valid exercise of that power and that “home rule” provisions did not trump the state’s power.

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