COLUMBUS: Ohio’s top lawyer says a broadly worded bill creating rules for Ohio’s new economic development agency could turn otherwise public records private.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine plans to ask Gov. John Kasich and state lawmakers to reword the legislation. The bill cleared the Ohio House on Wednesday, and heads next to the state Senate.
DeWine questions the provision that says records created or received by the nonprofit JobsOhio are not public “regardless of who may have custody of the records.” He believes that could shield documents from public view that state agencies share with JobsOhio.
A Kasich spokesman said the administration doesn’t necessarily agree with DeWine’s position, but will work to address his concern.
Confidentiality is considered important to JobsOhio’s negotiations.