COLUMBUS – Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) announced the signing of legislation Tuesday designed to make it easier for Ohioans to navigate the public records request process.
Last month the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 321, which provides an expedited process to an individual who has had a public records request denied by a public office at the state, county and local levels.
“This legislation knocks down the financial and legal barriers that ordinary Ohioans face when trying to access public records,” said Faber. “By making the public records process easier to navigate, we’re acting to improve public confidence in the transparency of our government.”
Senate Bill 321, sponsored by Faber, will establish procedures for filing a dispute if a person’s public records request is denied. For only $25, an individual can file a complaint with the Court of Claims that will begin with a mediation process designed to resolve the dispute over access to the requested public records.
If mediation fails, a Special Master at the Court of Claims will make a expedited recommendation for the Court to consider before issuing a binding decision.
Senate Bill 321 received strong support from Auditor Dave Yost, Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Ohio Newspaper Association.
Watch an interview with President Faber about Senate Bill 321 below or click here.