The Unsettled Issue of Home Rule in Ohio

A law professor from Cleveland State University, writing a guest viewpoint in Crain’s Cleveland Business, does an excellent job in outlining the precarious and unsettled issue of so-called home rule in Ohio with respect to the right of local municipalities in layering on their own zoning regulations that control oil and gas drilling. In early 2015 the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that Munroe Falls could not add to or otherwise layer on their zoning regs that interfere with state regulations that govern oil and gas drilling (see OH Supreme Court Strikes Down Home Rule in Gas Drilling Case). As we later wrote, Beck Energy, the driller in the case, asked the Supreme Court to essentially strike down Munroe Falls’ entire zoning scheme as being unconstitutional. In November the Supremes declined to do that, leaving everyone scratching their collective heads (see OH Supreme Court Sends Mixed Signal on “Home Rule” Issue). Law prof Heidi Gorovitz Robertson takes it from there…

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