Changes pending could reduce Ohioans’ access to public records and meetings

From  Government in Ohio is supposed to conduct business for the people in public, but several measures being considered by the General Assembly would dim the spotlight that keeps public officials’ actions illuminated.

One open government advocate estimates that lawmakers have proposed at least 10 measures that would affect Ohioans’ ability to keep watch on their government.

“I think there is more going on than usual,” said Dennis Hetzel, president of the Ohio Coalition for Open Government and executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association.

Ohio Coalition for Open Government is a member of NFOIC.–eds.