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Open Meetings: Where Are We Now?

Ohio’s Open Meetings Act requires public bodies to conduct meetings “in person,” with members needing to be physically present in order to count as part of a quorum or to vote on matters before the body.

7/13/2020

Ohio’s Open Meetings Act Under the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration: Frequently Asked Questions

The Ohio General Assembly recently passed legislation whose wide-ranging provisions address challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s emergency declaration related to the virus’ spread.

4/6/2020

General Assembly Passes Legislation Modifying Open Meetings Act as Part of COVID-19 Response

On March 25, 2020, the Ohio General Assembly passed and sent to Governor Mike DeWine Amended, Substitute House Bill 197. Included in the lengthy enactment, in a portion of the Bill which appears at Pages 328 and 329, are provisions which relate to the conduct of public meetings and hearings during the period of the Covid 19 emergency.

3/30/2020

Letter From Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

President Abraham Lincoln characterized our government as “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” In short, he meant that the government belongs to the people. The business of government is the people’s business.

11/13/2019

Legislative Update

Legislative updates concerning Ohio's public records and open meetings laws. 

11/13/2019
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