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Online Sunshine Laws Training

The new Online Sunshine Laws Training is now available on the Ohio Attorney General's Training Portal.

This training is an in-depth review of Ohio’s Public Records and Open Meetings Acts, collectively known as the “Sunshine Laws.” These laws govern access to records that document the work of public offices and access to the meetings of public bodies, both of which are essential to knowing what our government is doing in our name and with our money. This training is free and open to any member of the public who wishes to learn about Ohio’s Sunshine Laws.

In accordance with Ohio Revised Code 109.43, all elected officials in Ohio, or an appropriate designee of the elected official’s choosing, are required to complete three hours of Sunshine Laws training once during each term in office. Completion of the full three-hour series satisfies this requirement. Completion of the series is also certified for three hours of Continuing Legal Education for Ohio attorneys.  (When registering for an account, attorneys should include their Ohio Supreme Court bar number to obtain CLE credit).

The three-hour training is divided into five parts.

  • Part 1: Includes a required Designee Form.  If you are the designee taking the training on behalf of one or more elected officials, please complete the Designee Form to let us know.  On the form, please indicate the names of the elected officials on whose behalf you are taking the training.
  • Part 5: Includes a required Training Evaluation Form you must submit to complete the training.

All five parts must be marked "complete" in the system to constitute training completion.   After completing all five parts of the training - including the forms listed above - the system will generate a completion certificate (found under “My Account”).

Important: Registration and training instructions (PDF)