COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A test of Ohio's open records law has found much higher compliance than a similar audit conducted a decade ago.
The April audit saw adherence in nine of every 10 requests for basic records, such as meeting minutes, a mayor's expense report, school superintendents' pay and police incident reports.
The executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association, Dennis Hetzel, calls the results a meaningful improvement compared with 10 years ago, when there was adherence in seven of every 10 requests.
Newspaper, television and radio reporters throughout Ohio served as auditors in all 88 counties. The audit began April 21 and was completed within several days in most counties.
The project assigned auditors to locations where they wouldn't be recognized, and auditors didn't identify themselves as reporters to ensure the same experience as typical citizens.