Public records citations fell 22 percent in 2017

Ironton Tribune

Public records-related citations across Ohio fell last year but some officials still need to work harder to comply with the law, Republican State Auditor Dave Yost said in releasing new statistics Sunday.

“I can understand a bookkeeping error–mistakes happen–but there’s no justification for violating the clear law of public records,” Yost said in a statement.

Yost’s office issued 321 public records-related citations in 2017, according to the report. That’s down 22 percent from the 414 citations issued in 2016 against 357 public entities.

Yost released his annual report to coincide with the kickoff of national Sunshine Week, a celebration of access to public information.

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