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State budget proposal makes exception for Open Meetings Law for tax break talk

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 6, 2013

story in the Cincinnati Enquirer this week detailed a provision added to the Senate version of the state budget that would permit a new exception to the Open Meetings Law for government bodies.

The provision would allow government agencies to meet in private to discuss company requests for tax breaks.

Scott Oelslager, R-North Canton, who chairs the Senate finance committee, told the Enquirer this information is "proprietary information" and should be shielded.

The move is opposed by the Ohio Newspaper Association, of which the Enquirer and the Beacon Journal are members.

The change would have broad implications, including at the local government level where tax breaks for businesses often are discussed.

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