From The Columbus Dispatch: The latest effort by state lawmakers to close public records in Ohio would eliminate the ability for journalists to view concealed-handgun-license records.
Sen. Joseph Uecker, R-Loveland, said other states are moving toward closing off access to concealed-carry-license information. Journalists currently are the only members of the public with any ability to view the records in Ohio.
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From Athens News: A thorny dispute over Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly’s allegedly improper disposal of county records continues to evolve on a daily basis.
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Opinion from Ohio Newspaper Association:
One of the major concerns we have had with Ohio’s open meetings law is that it leaves a lot of wiggle-room for public bodies to be overly vague and even evasive about the reasons why they go into executive sessions.
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From The Columbus Dispatch:
In celebration of Sunshine Week, here’s a primer on making public-records requests in Ohio. It’s your government, your money, your records. Government merely is the custodian of the people’s records — not the owner.
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Ohio’s once-model law on open public records and meetings has taken a few hits from added exemptions and ambiguity surrounding public-private partnerships and social media.
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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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