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 way up through the Ohio Supreme Court.
Last week, the Ohio Coalition for Open Government released a study of decisions of the Ohio Supreme Court that analyzed Sunshine Law decisions, and confirmed that the trend is against more openness, and in favor of governments that conceal records and keep meetings secret.
You may read the press release here. The associated documents are linked in the press release.