Today is the third day of Sunshine Week, 2013 and while many of us are writing about the importance of open government and access to public information, Ohio’s Republicans are working furiously behind the scenes to try to restrict that access.
State Rep Louis Terhar is preparing to introduce a bill that would exempt applications for state jobs from public view. Terhar is the husband of Tea Party School Board President Deb Terhar. He was appointed by Governor Kasich to replace disgraced legislator Bob Mecklenbourg, and it seems Louis has been tasked with “fixing” public records laws that Kasich thinks are faulty.
Plunderbund was the first media outlet to call out Governor-elect Kasich for accepting resumes through his campaign website. Kasich then tried to hide those applications from the public but was eventually forced to release them. Under Terhar’s new bill, the records would have been sealed.