~SUNSHINE LAWS

Filed under: — tkm December 14, 2005 @ 2:0 am

Attorney General Marc Dann’s, website provides a link to the new 2008 Yellow Yellow Book:

CLICK: 2008 Yellow Book: Ohio Sunshine Laws

Also, a complaint form link is provided through Marc Dann’s office:

CLICK: Public Records / Open Meeting Complaint Form

posted by tkm 12-14-07
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CLICK:  4-8-07 DANN FIGHTS FOR OHIOANS RIGHT TO KNOW

posted by tkm 4-10-07
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CLICK:  Flora Craft v. Schisler-1988
Portsmouth, Ohio City Countil violates the “Sunshine Laws” Open Meetings and the City Charter.

Things never change in Portsmouth, Ohio
GET INVOLVED AND KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!!!

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The announcement flyer for the Monday, March 13, 2006 “Sunshine Laws” Seminar is ready.  Please try to attend.  Last years seminar was a success.  So, let’s make sure this year is just as successful.

Are we safer in the Dark?
Monday, March 13, 2006 1:00-4:30 pm
SSU Library Lecture Room 205

CLICK: ARE WE SAFER IN THE DARK?

posted by tkm 3-7-06

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On the clip linked below you will witness a Councilman who has been clipped and groomed to follow the unlawful practices of Portsmouth, Ohio City Council.

David Malone preaches, as he so often does—preach that is, avoid public debate during Regular Council Meetings and prepare for Council Meetings by attending Round-Robin meetings in the Mayor’s office, and I will have to assume by the Mayor’s past demands to come to his office for information and discussion he is the mastermind behind the “Sunshine Laws” violations.

Watch the video—In David’s own words.

CLICK: DAVID MALONE’S OWN WORDS

posted by tkm 3-7-06 on Moes Forum
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I Think Steve Breen visited Portsmouth, Ohio

posted by tkm 3-3-06
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Jim is right when he states casual conversation and discussion on Public Issues is not a violation of the “Sunshine Laws”. But, what Mayor Kalb encourages is discussion, deliberations, and pre-determined votes in his office and discourages Council to discuss Public Issues in Public meetings.

CLICK: 2-27-06 Mayor Report at Regular Council Meeting

posted by tkm 2-27-06
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The Mayor continues to ignore Judge Marshall’s ruling and shows his disrespect for his constituents, the taxpayers of Portsmouth, Ohio, by continually violating the “Sunshine Laws”.

The ordinance in the below video and listed on the legislative portion of the February 13th 2006 Regular Council Meeting was voted on by suspending the rules and passing the Ordinance by a vote of 4-1 by Council with very little to NO information being supplied to the public and one Councilman (Bob Mollette).  The other 5 members of Council (Marty Mohr, Howard Baughman, David Malone, Tim Loper and Gerald Albrecht) met in the Mayor’s office in closed-door Round-Robin meetings in violation of the “Sunshine Laws”; the Auditor, Solicitor and the City CLerk were also provided information on the Ordinance in private meetings held in the Mayor’s office.

CLICK: Round-Robin Meetings

posted by tkm 2-13-06
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LINKS:

CLICK: Ohio Sunshine Laws Update

CLICK: BETTY MONTGOMERY–OHIO OPEN GOVERNMENT LAWS

posted by tkm 2/1/06
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Ohio Newspaper Association Bulletin
Issue 8, April 22, 2005

PORTSMOUTH, OHIO
Hearings continue on public records bill From Gongwer News Service

Portsmouth City Councilman Bob Mollette and his wife, Teresa, testified before the House Civil & Commercial Law Committee in support of House Bill 9, a public records reform bill endorsed by ONA, explaining that the prospect of fines and penalties for failure to comply with proper records requests will encourage compliance.

Mr. Mollette said litigation he filed against the city prior to joining council dealing with an alleged violation of the open meetings law carries with it the prospect of the award of attorney fees, something that is needed to enhance the effectiveness of the public records law. The law, he said, should be written so that it requires “easy access or no-hassle access” to public documents.

The award of attorney fees and per diem fines for non-compliance, he said, will raise the expectations of public officials and make public records custodians and government more accountable.

“Accountability is the only way to restore trust in government,” he said.

Asked if the award of attorney fees would amount to a waste of taxpayer money, Mr. Mollette said the prospect of having to pay attorney fees and fines would improve compliance with the law.

Rep. Scott Oelslager (R-Canton), sponsor of the bill, interjected that in many cases, legal expenses of local governments are paid by the entity’s insurer. Without an opportunity to recover attorney fees, Mr. Mollette added, taxpayers would be unwilling to take actions necessary to force compliance with the law. He said the prospect of receiving attorney fees would not produce frivolous lawsuits because courts can impose sanctions if a suit is found to be frivolous. It could be helpful if an individual, facing difficulties in getting public records or compliance with the open meetings law, could have a point of contact with a state official to receive advice prior to filing a legal action, he said.

Ms. Mollette urged lawmakers to also review the current state of the open meetings and public records law in view of technological advancements, specifically the ability to hold meetings via the Internet and in chat rooms as well as communicate through an exchange of e-mails. The bill, she said, will assure that the “sun will shine a little hotter on government officials.”

Harold Daub of Portsmouth also appeared in support and related his difficulties in getting government officials to respond to public records requests he and others have submitted. His experience, Daub said, has consisted largely of being “ignored” or facing delaying tactics by the record keepers. If the bill isn’t passed, he said, lawmakers will be “taking the teeth out of the watchdog.”

Rick Manoloff, an attorney for the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, expressed concerns with the bill as drafted.

Manoloff said the bill’s provision which would award punitive damages is “out of step with the majority of states” and a provision requiring “legal” explanations for the denial of a request would profit attorneys at the expense of public agencies. He also urged the committee to consider granting confidentiality to job applicants, particularly unsuccessful applicants.

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