Friday, December 29, 2006

New Ohio Public Records Act

Ohio Governor Bob Taft yesterday signed a bill reported to be an effort “designed to better arms citizens in enforcing their right to access public records.” (Article)

Taking effect in late March, the law revises a number of aspects of public record law in Ohio, including requiring the Attorney General’s Office to develop and require “all public offices a model public records policy for responding to public records requests,” and requiring that “all elected officials or their designees attend training programs & seminars about public record laws.”

The law, inspired by an Ohio newspapers project back in 2004 revealing problems encountered by people trying to get records, the new law will also make it possible for an aggrieved person filing a mandamus action against a public office to recover damages & court costs, and under some conditions attorney fees incurred. (More on Report)

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