Ohio Freedom of Information

In Ohio, freedom of information is provided under the Ohio Open Records Law and the Ohio Open Meetings Law.  The Ohio Open Records Law  is contained in Section 149.43 of the Ohio Revised Code.  The Ohio General Assembly first enacted the open records law in 1963.  The reasoning behind Ohio’s right-to-know laws is that “public records are the people’s records, and officials in whose custody they happen to be are merely trustees for the people.”

The Ohio Open Meetings Law provides the methods by which public meetings are conducted.  Statute 121.22 of the Ohio Revised Code defines the law.  The statement of purpose of the Open Meetings Act states, “this section shall be liberally construed to require public officials to take official action and to conduct all deliberations upon official business only in open meetings unless the subject matter is specifically excepted by law.”


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