Ambiguity, exemptions chip away at Ohio’s once-model public records law


Ohio’s once-model law on open public records and meetings has taken a few hits from added exemptions and ambiguity surrounding public-private partnerships and social media.

Some accessibility concerns are new, from archiving emails to accessing records from public-private partnerships, such as JobsOhio or the Lake Erie Correctional Institution. Other concerns are as old as the statute itself — uneducated or uncooperative public officials.