Legal-Ease: Levels of legal authority

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

In the United States thousands of laws are in place that are not created by the government. Federal laws that aren’t passed by Congress are called “regulations.” Regulations have the effect of the law, but they can’t exceed the authority from the Constitution or the laws that are passed by Congress.

In the United States and in Ohio, there are literally thousands of laws that are created by bureaucrats who do not work for Congress, the Ohio General Assembly or any local government.

Of course, Congress passes bills that can become law if signed by the president or if a two-thirds majority of both houses of Congress overrides a presidential veto. Laws passed by Congress are usually published as a part of the U.S. Code. Obviously, laws passed by Congress cannot exceed the authority granted to the federal government in the Constitution.

Read more about the levels of legal authority in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Levels of legal authority

Source:, “Legal-Ease: Levels of legal authority,” by Lee R. Schroeder, June 20, 2015

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