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Ohio’s Public Records Act – Common Questions

The Ohio public records act evolves from the principle that Ohio’s citizens are entitled to access the records of their government. To advance that principle, the public records act is to be interpreted liberally in favor of disclosure. That means where the decision whether to disclose a record is unclear, a public office should disclose it. And if a statute expressly states that specific records of a public office are public, it does not mean that all other records of that office are protected from disclosure. Additionally, the exceptions to the public records act should be narrowly construed. If a record does not clearly fit within an exception, the public office must disclose the record.

Use these informational questions and answers to guide you in proper adherence to Ohio's Public Records Act.