“What has OASIS done for me and why should I keep sending money?” Well, here are some answers.
1. In recent years OASIS has been involved in two significant court cases that have been fought all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court:
A. OASIS v. North Olmsted: OASIS fought the City of North Olmsted on behalf of every license holder in Ohio in regards to North Olmstead’s attempts to have licensee holders pay additional fees to be licensed by their City.
OASIS was victorious.
i. This court decision was followed by a victory in U.S. District Court in the case of County Security v. The City of Mansfield, in which OASIS won a victory not only over the City of Mansfield, but the United Steel Workers of America Union who were attempting to mirror what North Olmstead had earlier attempted. The Steel Workers had one of its members on the Mansfield City Council and were attempting to use his position to enact a law that would allow the Union access to PI/SG employee’s social security numbers for the sole purpose of picketing the personal residences of those employees. OASIS was victorious in stopping both the City and the Union.
ii. OASIS’ General Counsel followed up these two court decisions by working with the City of Cleveland and surrounding communities in Cuyahoga County in repealing local restrictions that added additional municipal licensing requirements for PI/SG license holders.
B. The second Ohio Supreme Court case involving OASIS was Chuck Klein v Simon Leis. This was the Ohio Supreme Court case that resulted in Ohio’s current Concealed Handgun License Law. OASIS filed a friend of the Court (amicus) brief in support of Mr. Klein’s (licensed PI) position. We argued that by not allowing security guards and private investigators to carry concealed firearms in Ohio, it allowed for a restraint of trade in that off-duty law enforcement officers competed for private security and investigation work. The former law only allowed sworn law enforcement officers to work concealed armed security details. The Ohio Supreme Court strongly considered OASIS’ argument by remanding our issue back to the Court of Appeals, overruling Klein on other grounds. However, after the state legislature adopted HB 12, the CHL licensing law, the Plaintiffs dismissed the lawsuit and the Court of Appeals never ruled on OASIS’ specific argument.
i. Although OASIS never testified on HB 12, several of its officers and Board members worked behind the scenes with the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and FOP in enacting this legislation.
2. OASIS has worked on several pieces of legislation that became law.
A. HB 730 amended ORC Chapter 3905. OASIS worked with the Department of Insurance and the Insurance Industry in bringing about changes to the law. This bill and subsequent law did away with unlicensed “Bounty Hunters” in Ohio and allows for the first time a licensed private investigator to “apprehend, detain or arrest” someone who had forfeited bail.
B. HB 188 amended ORC Chapter 4749 in that it stated that Peace Officers who conducted private investigations or ran security companies were required to be licensed. It additionally removed the requirement that Police Officers who worked for a PI/SG license holder had to be registered by that licensee.
i. This was a follow-up by OASIS working with the Department of Commerce to bring about changes in Ohio Administrative Code, Rule 1301:4-5-16 that allowed for Police Officers working for a license holder to be required to wear the uniform of that license holder. They can now wear the uniform of their respective jurisdiction.
ii. The above also lead to a ruling on OASIS’ behalf from the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Taxation in that license holders employing Police Officers were not required to charge sales tax for those Police Officers. The ruling came as a result of a previous ruling OASIS had obtained in PICA v. The Ohio Department of Taxation.
C. HB 230 again amended ORC Chapter 4749 in that it formed the Ohio Private Investigation and Security Services Commission. The bill also did away with the onerous and outdated law enforcement reporting requirements previously found in Chapter 4749. Finally, it moved the PI/SG industry’s regulatory authority from the Department of Commerce to the Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security.
3. OASIS has assisted the PI/SG industry in additional business related matters:
A. OASIS petitioned Ameritech and brought about the end to their “Dual Headings” listing in the Yellow Pages, for both “private detectives” and “private investigators,” saving licensees tens of thousands of dollars annually in advertising costs.
B. OASIS has filed numerous Public Records Requests on behalf of every license holder in Ohio in order to bring about fair and impartial enforcement of ORC Chapter 4749 and the release of Public Information as required by ORC Chapter 149.
C. OASIS has filed formal complaints on behalf of every license holder in Ohio with the Office of the Ohio Inspector General, Department of Commerce, and the Department of Public Safety when violations of the law have occurred.
D. OASIS provided one of the first PI/SG industry Web Pages to provide every license holder in Ohio access to the entire globe. This was followed up by establishing the first list server for OASIS members to communicate freely in the information age. OASIS has recently revised that Web Page, The Advisor, and again leads the PI/SG industry in the world with an outstanding Web Page and communication tool.
E. OASIS has regularly met with insurance industry professionals and is always working to reduce the cost of insurance for its members and to provide innovative insurance products to its members and their employees.
F. OASIS has led the State, if not the nation, in training; OASIS’ conference was so well received by the industry, that three other States(MI, IN and KY) asked to join in and that has since become incorporated into Associations One, Inc.
“Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.” – Chinese Proverb