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Overview of Rules and Laws

Information contained in this section addresses state legislation and administrative rules promulgated by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).  For federal legislation, click on the link to the Code of Federal Regulations.  For rules promulgated by other State of Ohio agencies (e.g., Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Department of Education, and Ohio Department of Health), visit the Register of Ohio website.


The Legislative Liaison acts as a vital link between DODD and the Ohio General Assembly, offering support to members of the legislature, as well as all areas of the department.  As such, the Liaison’s primary responsibility is to work on issues that impact the developmental disabilities community through the law-making processes and answer constituent inquires.  Enacted laws are codified in the Ohio Revised Code (ORC).  The legislative function includes the following activities:
  • Crafting laws to address system needs;
  • Monitoring progress of bills through the legislature;
  • Briefing the DODD management team on legislation, including analyses of bills and their potential impact;
  • Developing DODD's position on legislation;
  • Testifying before and lobbying legislators;
  • Negotiating changes and coordinating with advocacy groups;
  • Assisting with the resolution of problems or concerns raised by constituents;
  • Acting as a key contact for legislators and their staff.
For more information about legislation, contact Zach Haughawout, Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs and Communications, via e-mail at or by phone at (614) 752-4676.



Administrative rules govern the actions, roles, and requirements of state agencies, such as DODD and the agencies that provide services in Ohio’s developmental disabilities system.  Once rules are adopted, they become part of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC).  The OAC is a compilation of the rules adopted by state agencies.  The rules are reviewed and revised as necessary on an ongoing basis, to ensure that agencies meet the needs of their constituents and adhere to law and best practice standards.  The Administrative Rules Coordinator supports department activities regarding rule development, review, and revision, and serves as the liaison between DODD and the State’s Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR).
For more information about administrative rules, contact Becky Phillips, Administrative Rules Coordinator, via e-mail at or by phone at (614) 644-7393.