March 12, 2018
March 11-17 is Sunshine Week, highlighting and celebrating laws aimed at preserving transparency and accountability in government. In Ohio R.C. 121.22 (the Open Meetings Act) and 149.43 (the Public Records Act), are the main sources of law protecting the citizenry’s right to know and appreciate what is being done in its name. In the past … Continue reading Celebrate Sunshine Week in Ohio
September 16, 2017
Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman. – Justice Louis Brandeis. On Tuesday, October 24, Finney Law Firm’s Brian Shrive will give a talk to EmpowerU on Ohio’s Sunshine Laws: the Open Meetings Act (R.C. 121.22) and Public Records Act (R.C. 149.43). Brian has represented citizen activists in … Continue reading Attorney Brian C. Shrive presents to Empower U on Ohio Sunshine Laws October 24
June 12, 2017
Ohio has robust laws in place to ensure that the public business is done in the public and available for public inspection. From protecting citizens’ rights to attend meetings of local government bodies, to newspaper reporters being able to access and report on the financial records of the Cincinnati Streetcar project, or new public works … Continue reading A Primer on Ohio’s Sunshine Laws
April 12, 2017
Our client, former Enquirer reporter Rachel Richardson, tired of its repeated violations of Ohio’s Open Meetings Law sued the City of Milford. The City decided to defend the case with vigor, claiming that Richardson could not prove her case that impermissible topics were addressed behind closed doors, inasmuch as what occurred in those illegal closed meetings was … Continue reading Ohio Open Meetings Law: Our client writes of recent win against the City of Milford
October 4, 2015
Ohio has some incredibly well-written Sunshine laws, laws requiring transparency in open meetings and public records in the conduct of official business. Indeed, Ohio’s laws are some of the best in the nation. Unfortunately, the rights enshrined by those laws have been slowly and significantly eroded by a series of court decisions in Ohio, all the … Continue reading Ohio Coalition for Open Government reports Ohio Supreme Court trend against open government
March 18, 2015
Finney Law Firm attorney Curt C. Hartman Thursday night presents to Empower U Ohio on Ohio Open Meetings and Public Records. It is at 7 PM at the Deer Park Community Center, 7640 Plainfield Road. The Finney Law Firm, led by Mr. Hartman encyclopedic knowledge of Ohio’s Open Meetings and Public Records laws, has a … Continue reading Attorney Curt Hartman to present Ohio Open Meetings and Public Records
January 27, 2015
As with other public entities in Ohio, the City fathers of Maple Heights are thumbing their noses — indeed openly flouting their obligations under — Ohio’s Open Meeting Law. We have sued them. You may read the Complaint here.
July 21, 2014
Most states have “sunshine laws” that apply to state and local government, laws that require government meetings to be held in the open and government records to be accessible to the public. Frequently, those laws have real teeth, giving private litigants an award of statutory and attorneys fees if they prevail. (This is absolutely necessary in … Continue reading Open government: Illusion or reality?
July 11, 2014
Finney Law Firm’s public interest lawyers received plaudits from Enquirer reporter and editorialist Cindi Andrews for our work to keep government accountable. Read her piece here.