State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today announced final Senate approval of legislation designed to make it easier for Ohioans to obtain pubic records.

The Senate recently concurred in House amendments to Senate Bill 321. The bill, which was co-sponsored by Senator Obhof, provides for an expedited legal process when a person has had a public records request denied by a public office at the state, county or local level.

"This is a big step forward for Ohio’s public records laws," said Obhof. "Senate Bill 321 will increase openness and improve transparency by creating a streamlined process for resolving public records disputes."

Senate Bill 321, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, will establish procedures for filing a dispute if a person’s public records request is denied. In the case of a denial, the 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.

Ohioans still retain the right to seek available remedies under the current, existing legal process by filing a traditional mandamus action.

The Senate and the House of Representatives each unanimously approved the legislation, which will now go to the governor for his signature.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 15: Calling for Limits to Federal Overreach

Senator Obhof also announced the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 15, which reasserts the principles of federalism found in the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Sponsored by Obhof and Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina), the resolution calls for the repeal of federal legislation that violates the Constitution. SCR 15 will now go to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

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