Citizens of Ohio, are you taking advantage of the information available to you through Ohio’s Public Records laws? These laws were created to provide any interested parties with access to inspect and copy the records of the public offices of Ohio (O.R.C. 149.43). This might sound good, but what does it really mean for you?
Legislation can be wordy and confusing to everyday people, and as a result, many may never take full advantage of all the rights afforded to them. Fortunately, in addition to granting the general public with access to records, the Ohio’s Public Records laws also require the Attorney General’s Office to provide 3 hours of training for all elected officials. O.R.C 109.43 further adds that members of the general public are permitted to attend these trainings. The training requirement is relatively new, and came into effect on September 29, 2007 from House Bill 9. The purpose of this training is to review the Public Records laws, to enhance the officials ‘ knowledge of the duty to provide access to public records, and to provide elected officials and/or their staff with knowledge to implement appropriate public records policies for their offices. This is a great way for everyday people to know exactly what their elected officials know about this law, it’s impact, and the rights it bestows on the public.
Some private companies may charge a registration fee for such trainings, but all trainings presented by the Attorney General’s office are required by law to be free of charge. At least one day per week, the Attorney General office provides the training seminars in a new Ohio city. Registration is quick, easy, and free! Check here for a calendar of available training sessions and for registration.