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Media Law Center for Ethics and Access

(A member of NFOIC)

Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242
Contact: Prof. Timothy Smith, Chair; tdsmith@kent.edu
Prof. Jan Leach, Director; jleach1@kent.edu
Phone (330) 672-4289
http://www.jmc.kent.edu/cfp/cfp.htm
 

Ohio Coalition for Open Government

(A member of NFOIC)

1335 Dublin Rd., #216
Columbus, OH 43215
Contact: Dennis Hetzel, President
Phone (614) 486-6677 | Fax (614) 486-4940
http://www.ohionews.org/legislative/open-government/
Email dhetzel@ohionews.org

QUICK FOI INFORMATION

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.

CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF OHIO

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FOI HOTLINE

Ohio Coalition for Open Government
(614) 486-6677, ext 16.
Contact: Dennis Hetzel
dhetzel@ohionews.org
http://www.ohionews.org
"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."

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CONTACTS

Office of the Attorney General
State Office Tower
30 East Broad Street, 17th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3428
Phone (614)466-4320
http://www.ag.state.oh.us/

Ohio State Bar Association
1700 Lake Shore Drive
Columbus OH, 43204
Phone (800) 282-6556; (614) 487-2050
Fax (614) 487-1008
http://www.ohiobar.org/
Email osba@ohiobar.org

Ohio Newspaper Association
1335 Dublin Rd., Suite 216-B
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 486-6677
Fax (614) 486-4940
http://www.ohionews.org/

State Sunshine Chair
rhendri@mediaone.net

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FORM LETTERS

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone (800) 336-4243 or (703) 807-2100
Email rcfp@rcfp.org
FOIA Letter Generator

 

Student Press Law Center
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone (703) 807-1904
Email splc@splc.org
Request Letter Generator

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PUBLICATIONS

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.
 

Open Government Guide from the
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

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