Government transparency, Sunshine week

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After this long winter, everyone needs a little sunshine…especially when it comes to government & public officials…especially Cincinnati City Council’s Gang of 5.

This is former Hamilton County Commissioner, Chris Monzel and this is the Monzel Report.

This past month we celebrated Sunshine Week in the state of Ohio. Sunshine Week is a national initiative promoting government transparency and access to freedom of information resources.

Ohio’s Attorney General Dave Yost kicked off Sunshine Week by releasing the 2019 edition of the Sunshine Laws Manual, a one-stop resource for information on the Ohio Public Records and Open Meetings Acts.

As Attorney General Yost states, “Most days, what happens at city hall or the county courthouse has much more impact on your life than the latest installment of outrage from Washington, D.C., ….Our ability as a people to stay informed and hold local politicians accountable hinges on the freedom to access government information through public records and open meetings.”

In addition to the manual, there are free Sunshine Law trainings at dozens of locations across the state. Public officials or their designees are required to complete training on Ohio’s Public Records Act at least once per elected term. A full-length version of the training is available online as well. Sounds like something the Gang of Five should re-take and follow instead of costing city taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and legal fees.  Good government needs transparency, accountability and plenty of sunshine!

This is Chris Monzel for the Monzel Report.

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