Editor’s Note: ONA believes the information in these videos is essentially accurate and offers a good-faith presentation of Ohio’s sunshine laws that can be helpful to ONA members. However, as is always the case when court rulings are involved, some positions could be interpreted differently. Please let us know if you have questions or comments. We will share member feedback with the Attorney General’s office, too.
To assist and educate members of the public in understanding and accessing Ohio’s Sunshine Laws, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has developed several informational videos on the topics about which we frequently receive questions, including:
- What is a “public office” and what is a “public record” under the Public Records Act?;
- How to make a public records request;
- How to apply the Confidential Law Enforcement Investigatory Records (CLEIRs) exemption;
- Who is a “public body” subject to the Open Meetings Act and what obligations does the Act impose upon a public body?;
- Determining when a public body may enter into executive session for the purpose of consulting with its legal counsel;
- Determining when a public body may enter into executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel matters;
- What remedies exist under Ohio’s Sunshine Laws?
These videos are a supplement to the office’s Sunshine Laws Manual , which can help answer additional questions about the Sunshine Laws. Because much of open government law comes from case law or the interpretation of statutes by the courts, we encourage local governments to seek guidance from their legal counsel when specific legal questions about these laws arise.