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


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.


If you request a public record in Ohio, that information should be presumed to be public and given to you. But as Dennis Hetzel, executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association, reported, the Ohio Open Records Law currently has 29 categories of records that are secret and more are being proposed.