State Treasurer Josh Mandel has been on a personal mission over the last few weeks, visiting organizations across Ohio in an attempt to garner support for H.B. 175, which, if passed, would place "Ohio's checkbook" online, making it accessible to all.
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.