Ohio government-funded private companies must disclose records

The Ohio Supreme Court issued an opinion affirming a state law that allows disclosure of records of private entities that are receiving government funds. The case facts are presented in the opinion summary.

In a unanimous decision announced today, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled that the Auditor of State has authority to conduct a special audit of Oriana House, a private corporation that operates the Summit County Community-Based Correctional Facility. The Court also held that the auditor was within her authority to subpoena records of Correctional Health Services, one of several Oriana subsidiaries, but exceeded her authority by subpoenaing the personal financial records of Oriana House CEO James Lawrence.

Read the RCFP news report.

A few months ago, I reported on the North Dakota Attorney General’s opinion that publicly funded private entities may be subject to that state’s records disclosure laws.

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