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Ohio No. 1 in transparency, but still has work to do

By   /  March 26, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

ONLINE CHECKBOOK: Ohio's online checkbook is the primary reason the state jumped to top in the nation for spending transparency

Josh Mandel was surprised to learn that Ohio went from 46 to first in the nation when it comes to public spending websites. “But that number one ranking has just affirmed that what we’re doing has set a new standard for government transparency,” the state treasurer said.

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You can’t drive 75 — at least, not in Ohio

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

75 mph speed limit sign

A proposal to raise the speed limit on some Ohio highways to 75 mph was nixed Tuesday by a conference committee reconciling the House and Senate versions of the Transportation bill.

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Lawsuit claims Maple Heights violated Ohio’s open meetings law

By   /  March 23, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments


District 5 Councilman Bill Brownlee and resident John Chapman are suing the City of Maple Heights and the other members of council for what they say is a violation of Ohio’s open meetings law.

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Access to public records a struggle, even for Maple Heights councilman

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

PUBLIC RECORDS: Even requests from the Ohio Attorney General didn't result in public records being produced.

When Bill Brownlee was elected the District 5 councilman in Maple Heights, Ohio, he didn’t think getting information would end up being such a huge struggle. After all, shouldn’t a listing of city employees and their salaries be an easy thing to produce? But that simple request turned into a battle that’s been going on for over a year.

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Ohio House considers bill to broadcast all committee hearings

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments


Rep. Dan Ramos didn’t intentionally wait for Sunshine Week to introduce a bill that expands public access to Ohio House committee hearings, but he’s grateful for the coincidence

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Ohio House adds, deletes ban on local hiring quotas

By   /  February 27, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

City of Akron

Frst it was there. Then it wasn’t. What seemed like a minor provision in the Ohio biennial transportation budget turned into a big to-do when supporters and opponents learned about it.

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