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Ohio Auditor Yost creates new appeals option for public records
Dave Yost says the only option now is going to court -- and expensive option for citizens

Andy Chow
Auditor Dave Yost says his office will begin keeping tabs on denials of public records requests
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Ohio’s Auditor Dave Yost is creating a process within his office to audit public records requests. If a state agency denies an initial request, the person who submitted it can file a complaint with the auditor’s office.

Currently, the only option is to take any appeal of the decision to court. Yost says the process is too expensive and lengthy.

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“It’s fundamentally wrong that we should have a situation in Ohio where the government can stonewall a private citizen and force them to spend tens of thousands of dollars that they don’t have in order to get public records.”

Yost says the audit’s findings will not be binding but will provide support for anyone who needs to take their request to court.

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