Ohio Auditor Announces Public Records Audit For Disputes

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State Auditor Dave Yost has announced a public records audit system aimed at resolving disputes over records before a lawsuit is filed.
The system lets individuals or organizations submit a public records complaint against a public entity for a “Sunshine Audit.”
Yost said Thursday that lawsuits over records cost too much, take too long and are not a realistic option for the average citizen.
The reviews will determine if a public entity has violated Ohio Public Records Act after both parties have had a chance to present arguments.
Those filing a complaint must first go through the Ohio Attorney General’s open records mediation process.