The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) was created in 1977 by the Ohio General Assembly. The committee consists of five State Representatives and five State Senators. JCARR's primary function is to review proposed new, amended, and rescinded rules from over 100 agencies to ensure they do not exceed their rule-making authority granted to them by the General Assembly. If a rule violates one or more of the six items listed below, the JCARR committee could make a recommendation to invalidate all or part of the rule:
  • Do the rules exceed the agency's authority;
  • Do the rules conflict with an existing rule of that agency or another state agency;
  • Do the rules conflict with legislative intent;
  • Has the rule-making agency prepared a complete and accurate rule summary and fiscal analysis of the proposed, amended, or rescinded rule (ORC 106.024);
  • Has the rule-making agency met the incorporation by reference standards for a text or other material as stated in ORC sections 121.71 through 121.75; and,
  • If the rule has an adverse impact on business (ORC 107.52), that the rule-making agency has demonstrated through the business impact analysis (BIA), the Common Sense Initiative Office (CSI) recommendations and the agency's memorandum of response to the CSI recommendations, that the rule's regulatory intent justifies its adverse impact on business.