House budget bill blocks state auditor from checking if lawmakers follow open records law

Ohio House Republicans have put language into the state budget plan that would shield them and other state officials from audits that would determine whether they are following public-records laws.

State Auditor Dave Yost, a fellow Republican, says the language is nothing less than a direct attack on the authority of his office.

The language, included in the budget bill unveiled Tuesday, specifically limits Yost's ability to monitor whether state officers, such as legislators, are complying with the requirements of Ohio's open records act. Continue>>>