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Bill Would Make More Government Meetings Public

A proposal in the Ohio Senate prompting concern from some public officials would make more meetings among government officials public and provide more details on government talks behind closed doors.

The proposal would expand the types of discussions subject to the law and require more information stated publicly in motions to hold closed-door sessions under Ohio's Open Meetings Act. It also would expand fees and expenses that may be recovered for violations of the act.

The Dayton Daily News reports the bill would redefine the Ohio Open Meetings Act, part of the Ohio Sunshine Laws requiring government meetings or discussions about public business to be public.

An official with the County Commissioners' Association of Ohio says some county officials worry about what would constitute public meetings.