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General Assembly Passes Legislation Modifying Open Meetings Act as Part of COVID-19 Response

On March 25, 2020, the Ohio General Assembly passed and sent to Governor Mike DeWine Amended, Substitute House Bill 197. Included in the lengthy enactment, in a portion of the Bill which appears at Pages 328 and 329, are provisions which relate to the conduct of public meetings and hearings during the period of the Covid 19 emergency.


Letter From Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

President Abraham Lincoln characterized our government as “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” In short, he meant that the government belongs to the people. The business of government is the people’s business.


Legislative Update

Legislative updates concerning Ohio's public records and open meetings laws. 


Sunshine Law Training

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office provides free Sunshine Laws Certification Training, also known as Certified Public Records Training (CPRT), in Columbus and elsewhere throughout Ohio.


Ohio Supreme Court Finds That Email Exchanges Can Constitute Public Meetings

Differing positions that pitted one member of an Ohio board of education against his four colleagues led to the decision of the Ohio Supreme Court in White v. King, 147 Ohio St. 3d 74, 2016-Ohio-2770, 60 N.E. 3d 1234, 2016 Ohio LEXIS 1157, 2016 WL 2342968.

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