A bill that mandates public-records training for elected officials and stiffens penalties for withholding records has cleared the Ohio Legislature this week.
The bill also would increase the likelihood that those denied records will get their attorney’s fees paid.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Scott Oelslager and backed by Ohio newspapers.
It does contain one key concession — journalists will no longer have free access to information on concealed-carry permit holders.
They’ll be able to view the lists of permit holders but not make copies.