Ensure access to public records

The good news for Ohioans is that public officials seem to be following the state's open records law much better than was the case several years ago.

But the bad news is that sometimes, Buckeye State residents still are refused access to documents. That is unacceptable.

Journalists fanned out throughout Ohio this spring, in an open records "audit" conducted through the state Coalition for Open Government. Public officials were asked in all 88 counties to provide documents and information covered under the state open records law.

Ninety percent of the requests were filled. That is a dramatic improvement from 10 years ago, when a similar audit found just 70 percent compliance. Continue>>>