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Old Convictions, New Licenses

Published: Sep 15, 2023

As we previously reported, in late 2021, the law changed and removed several possible collateral consequences criminal convictions could have on obtaining an initial professional license. As a refresher, for most convictions, and most licenses, an agency can now only deny your application based on…


Significant Changes to Administrative Appeals Part 1

Published: Sep 01, 2023

Under current law, most appeals of agency decisions against a professional license or application for a professional license are made to the Court of Common Pleas in the county where the business is located or where the licensee or applicant resides. Appeals from decisions of…


Using CQEs to Remove Employment and Licensing Barriers

Published: Jul 10, 2023

Many Ohio laws prevent individuals with criminal records from obtaining certain licenses or jobs. Luckily, there are several avenues to overcome legal barriers (or “collateral sanctions”[1]), such as through record sealing, expungement, pardons, and Certificates of Qualification for Employment (“CQEs”). Individuals with criminal convictions may…


Ohio Pharmacy Board Expands Drug Repository Rules

Published: Jun 01, 2023

Effective May 27, 2023 the Ohio Board of Pharmacy expanded the list of approved drug repositories to include charitable pharmacies, hospitals, and non-profit clinics. A drug repository is a program that receives eligible donated drugs to provide to patients who are uninsured, underinsured, or who…


Court Decision Changes Department of Insurance Modification Hearings

Published: May 31, 2023

When the Department of Insurance revokes an agent’s license or accepts the voluntary surrender for cause of an agent’s license, it cannot make that action permanent. After five years, the agent who surrendered their license or who had their license revoked can request a modification…


“Shall” Does Not Always Mean “Shall”

Published: Apr 28, 2023

Late last year, the Ohio Supreme Court enshrined what most of us practicing in this field already knew—“shall” does not always mean “shall.” As we have previously addressed, upon appeal of an agency order, Ohio law requires the agency to certify a complete record of…


Xylazine Reclassified as Controlled Substance

Published: Mar 30, 2023

On March 29, 2023, Governor DeWine signed an executive order directing the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy to reclassify xylazine as a controlled substance. The reason given for placing xylazine on Ohio’s controlled substance list is its increasing prevalence in overdose deaths and in…