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Cameras and audio in public space / Ohio registration fees
September 17, 2022
Cameras and audio in public space
          Question.  Newly installed camera system. Commercial structure, synagogue. The administration wants me to enable audio recording in some of the public areas. Not inside any offices. There is signage which indicates video and audio recording. Legal or not? Thank you so much for your help and assistance as always.
 Jay G
          Caveat:  Legal to install it, not legal to listen or record.
          The Standard Form Commercial All in One puts the onus on the end user to use all systems lawfully.
Ohio registration fees
          A few weeks ago I sent in an article about the false alarm registration fees and fines that were determined to be a tax rather than a way of reducing false alarms. This was part of the basis on which the alarm ordinance was overturned.
          I originally received an email from Sonya Walker of the Cincinnati false alarm unit saying no fees were being charged back in June. In the middle of this past August, Sonya email me saying that I was expired and needed to pay the re registration fee as it did not apply alarm companies as alarm companies were not taxpayers located in the city and that the appeal to throw out the fees and fines only covered residents of the city.
          Just wanted your take on this. Some of the biggest offenders of false alarms were the Cincinnati Police Impound Lot and Walnut Hills Height School. You can search for the videos that some of the local Cincinnati TV stations investigated this and reported on in YouTube.   
  Thank you,
Ron Baumann
Cincinnati, Ohio 
          The Ohio State Appellate Court was clear in its ruling:
          “We sustain appellants’ first two assignments of error.  We reverse the
trial court’s judgment granting summary judgment in favor of the city.  We remand the  matter  to  the  trial  court  for  the  court  to grant  an  injunction enjoining  the  city from  imposing  the  alarm  assessments  under  Cincinnati  Municipal  Code  807-1-A4  and to determine damages, if any.”
          Looks like the statute cannot be enforced.

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