Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Public Records are Your Records

Today's Dispatch explains how to request public records in Ohio. "It’s your government and your money, and they’re your records." The recommendation: make an oral request rather than a written one so as to avoid "dragging" lawyers in causing delay. It seems lawyers really are the Rodney Dangerfield of professions.

That dig at lawyers aside, the article is a helpful primer and provides insights like the following:
Ohio is among only a handful of states that doesn’t set a deadline for government to provide records. The legal standard is “prompt.” Court rulings have signaled, though, that waits of more than two weeks likely are unreasonable.
What's more, the article suggests folks might try working with a lawyer if they get any friction when making requests. "Lawyers who know Sunshine laws could help shake your records loose."