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Daily Court Reporter - News Public records reboot


Public records reboot

Kathleen Maloney, Supreme Court of Ohio

Last September, legislation took effect that launched a new way for people who think they’ve been wrongfully denied a public record to challenge their lack of access. The law aims to offer “an expeditious and economical procedure that attempts to resolve disputes” about public records. The appeals are heard in the Ohio Court of Claims, which handles most civil lawsuits against the state, including public agencies and state universities.

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Date Published: October 10, 2017


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Raiders go for win over YSU

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University of Dayton contracting inspector to offer safer housing

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WSU’s Boonshoft School of Medicine students train with local physicians in West Central Ohio

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Ohio judge charged with stealing at least $96,200 from former client

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Chamber, trial lawyers oppose Republican plan to overhaul Ohio BWC

Detractors of a Republican lawmaker's proposal to enact fundamental change at the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation say provisions of House Bill 269 are overburdensome to employers, financially expose vulnerable workers and leave in layers of bureaucracy.

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Other retirement savings options exist beside 401(k)s and IRAs

One of the largest financial hurdles individuals face is planning for retirement.

Baby Fiona’s first birthday party at The Cincinnati Zoo

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WSU Raiders impressive in overtime win at Oakland

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University of Dayton sets research record

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