Bill seals licenses for concealed handguns

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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A good bill on open meetings; a bad bill on gun records

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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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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Ohio Republicans negotiating over JobsOhio transparency, Happy Sunshine Week!

From Plunderbund.com:

Yesterday kicked off Sunshine Week, a national event aimed at highlighting “the importance of open government and freedom of information.”

Ohio’s Republicans celebrated by trying to negotiate a compromise over how much information they will be hiding from the public related to the finances of JobsOhio.

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