By Maggie Thurber,

The Ohio public records law is essentially dead, killed by a February ruling of the Ohio Supreme Court.

For more than a decade, Ohio has boasted of its citizen-friendly public records law. From the rules placed on public offices to the fine of up to $1,000 for failing to produce records, the law has helped people know exactly what’s going on, and how their money is spent.

But as good as the terms of the law were, the hammer hanging over the heads of public officials was the provision that would pay attorney fees if they failed to respond to a public records request.

That hammer is gone, as decreed by the Ohio Supreme Court ruling in two cases.

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