Therese D. Hayt: Ohio’s public records law is facing new restrictions

From CantonRep.com:

Last week, we celebrated Sunshine Week, the annual observance of the importance of access to public information and what it means to you and our community.

We published several guest columns from representatives of various media organizations around the country and our state. Each one spelled out why public records belong to you, the taxpayer.

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New manual released as National Sunshine Week begins

From Gallipolis Daily Tribune:

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has released his office’s 2013 edition of “Ohio Sunshine Laws: An Open Government Resource Manual,” also known as the “Yellow Book.” The release of the updated manual coincides with the start of National Sunshine Week, taking place from March 10-16.

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Fulton County commended for data availability

From toledoBlade.com:

WAUSEON — Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit group that aims to encourage state and local government transparency, has given Fulton County an A+.

The county previously scored a ‘C’ in that area and even was found to have violated Ohio’s Sunshine Law, written to ensure citizens know when officials plan to hold meetings and make decisions.

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FTC keeps funeral rule lapses buried: plain dealing

From Cleveland.com:

The Federal Trade Commission knows what its undercover investigators found in sweeps of Cleveland-area funeral homes conducted last year. But you, as a member of the public, aren’t allowed to know – even though the Funeral Rule was created to protect you.

The agency recently denied a Freedom of Information Act appeal for more information about the sweeps and the violations.

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