Once again, the law related to political contributions and contract eligibility has changed. On June 18, 2008, Judge John Bender, of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, issued a ruling that struck down revisions to Ohio's pay-to-play laws. (See http://www.bricker.com/publications/articles/1288.pdf) So for the last month, the version of the law that existed in 2006 -- before recent legislative changes-- has been in effect.

But that has all changed. The State of Ohio appealed Judge Bender's decision and asked for a stay of his ruling pending appeal. Judge Bender granted the stay on July 17, 2008, which effectively puts Ohio's stricter, more comprehensive laws back into effect. (See attached.) So for now, and until the appellate court rules, the version of the law as enacted in HB 694 and HB 119 is in effect pending appeal. A summary of that law can be found here: http://www.bricker.com/publications/articles/1132.pdf.

The Court of appeals has expedited the briefing schedule for this case, which should lead to a decision relatively quickly. Briefing will conclude in mid-August, with an oral argument to follow. If Judge Bender's decision is upheld, Ohio's old pay-to-play laws will be back in effect again. . . . pending a possible appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.