Ohio stands as the seventh most populated state in the country, despite
being the thirty-fourth largest state in area. In history Ohio was
inhabited by the Iroquois Indians who gave the state its current name
from the Iroquois word that means great river. Despite being part of
the Northwest Territory, Ohio became a state in 1803. Ohio state laws
were soon created to govern the people more locally than the federal
government had the ability to do.
Along with following federal laws, state laws designate more specific
regulations and requirements. Some of these laws include divorce laws,
labor laws, bankruptcy laws, expungement laws, drunken driving laws,
gun laws, and laws in regards to felony and misdemeanor offenses.
Ohio follows the federal Bankruptcy Act of 2005. This act limits the
eligibility for those who may qualify for Chapter Seven bankruptcy. The
act was also created to lessen abuse on the bankruptcy system. The
United States provides bankruptcy for personal use and business use.
Personal bankruptcy includes Chapter Seven bankruptcy and Chapter
Chapter Seven bankruptcy allows individuals to eliminate their debts
through the liquidation of certain kinds of property. Chapter Thirteen
bankruptcy allows the elimination of debt through a personal payment
plan that is designed for no more than five month's use. Not all who
apply for bankruptcy are granted bankruptcy.
Each state has different grounds for divorce, so where an individual
files is very important. Ohio also states that individuals who file for
divorce within the state must be Ohio state residents for a minimum of
six months before filing. All divorce petitions are to be filed to the
individual's county of residency. If two individuals reside in
different counties either may file for divorce in his or her county or
the county of his or her spouse. However if a petition is filed
incorrectly or to the incorrect county, the petition will be dismissed.
Driving under the influence does not only include under the influence
of alcohol. Driving under the influence charges can also include being
under the influence of drugs or under the influence of both drugs and
alcohol. The amount of drugs or alcohol in an individual's system will
Driving under the influence also is not limited to driving motor
vehicles. Ohio law states that driving also includes the operation of
golf carts, riding lawnmowers, tractors, and mounted bicycles. Drunken
driving convictions are based on prior offenses and the circumstances
around the incident. The more prior convictions an individual has, the
more severe the punishments.
The federal government increased the minimum wage to seven dollars and
twenty-five cents. This increase required all states to raise their
minimum wages. Ohio's minimum wage currently stands just above the
federal requirement. Under minimum wage law employees must be paid this
In Ohio individuals who are regularly tipped may legally be paid only
three dollars and sixty-five cents each hour. When tips are obtained in
mass, employees are required to split the amount at the end of each