Open Meetings Law Ohio Rev. Code sec. 121.22 et seq.
Closed: Real estate transactions; certain personnel matters; certain law enforcement meetings; Adult Parole Authority; and certain medical board meetings.
Open Records Law Ohio Rev. Code sec. 149.43 et seq.
Exempt: Personal bank records; medical records; adoption records; probation and parole records; and certain law enforcement investigative records.
Ohio Coalition for Open Government
(614) 486-6677, ext 16.
Contact: Dennis Hetzel
"The Coalition serves as a clearinghouse for media and citizen grievances that involve open meetings and open records, and offers guidance to reporters in local government situations. The activities of the Coalition include monitoring government officials for compliance, filing “amicus” briefs in lawsuits, litigation and public education."
Office of the Attorney General
State Office Tower
30 East Broad Street, 17th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3428
Ohio Newspaper Association
1335 Dublin Rd., Suite 216-B
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 486-6677
Fax (614) 486-4940
The Legal Handbook for Ohio Journalists provides general legal information updated for 2002, as well as information about media issues directly affecting Ohio's journalists. Read it here.