Ohio budget provides for secret meetings

From The Blade via Ohio Newspaper Association:  Local cities and townships can now meet secretly behind closed doors to discuss economic development deals with businesses under a provision tucked into the just-signed state budget.

Drillers can keep buried details on exactly what they’re pumping under the ground at high pressure to shatter the shale that traps oil and natural gas under a law Ohio lawmakers passed last year.

And State Auditor Dave Yost’s prying eyes won’t be allowed anywhere near details on how the private, nonprofit JobsOhio is using state liquor profits to spur economic development deals under a law recently rushed into place.

Bill by bill, the Ohio General Assembly has over the years slowly whittled away at state public records and open meetings law with even more proposals waiting in the wings.