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Republican lawmakers intend to shelter Ohio cities from potentially having to pay millions of dollars in damages for illegally destroying public records.
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Jo Jo is Right

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Hamilton County recently paid $100,000 to a con man named Chris Finney, a supposed conservative small government lawyer, who instead is fleecing the citizens with outrageous fees for public records lawsuits.

And the idiot lawyer in this article wants to limit what the plaintiff gets but not lawyer fees? What a racket!
Jim

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I agree with you but there has to be a middle ground somewhere. The law is fine its the people who use the law just like guns when the Gun lobby states it isn't the gun that kills people , its the people that do.

If they water down this law down too far, then the government has taken the proverbial gun away from citizens to hold them accountable.

The lawyers should be limited to a set rate to initiate these things.
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I continue to find myself unsympathetic to cities.

Quite a lot of Ohio cities run traffic ticket/red light running camera ticket schemes that have a lot more to do with the money than public safety.

But the legislature hasn't come in to put a cap on fines for motorists, all they'd say is stop breaking the law.

Why should cities be held to a different standard? I figure what's good for the goose, is good for the gander.

Since: May 11

Columbus, OH

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I don't get it. People are suing cities for outrageous amounts based on the sheer volume of violations of the law by cities. And the answer somehow is NOT for the cities to stop breaking the law? How is that possible?

If the law is impossible or too hard to comply with, then change the law! Don't just put a cap on how much a city could be fined for violating the law over and over in mass quantities!
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Typical republicans calling citizens seeking "public information" profiteers! State law does not require those seeking records to state why they want them. But, now the republicans want a judge to decide if a citizen has the right to "public information"! It doesn't take any educated person long to figure out that these stinking republicans don't want the taxpayers, that fund the accumulation of this information, to have easy access! republicans absolutely do not want public access to any embarrassing or incriminating information!
Take a Closer Look

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What about records of policies amd proceedures which are still being implemented or still being utilized???

What about the records of hiring, promotions, testing, what about records of how these idiots have spent our taxes and who they've directed the money to, what agency, what department, what organization?

The open and transparent government is the ONLY recourse WE the average citizen and our news outlets have to contend with these politicians who will run amok with OUR public recordss laws.

One reason to fret and worry about this law, "cause they have smeothing to hide or destroy, and WE the people say they can't".

Keep it real and keep those records, and hold those who have destroyed them outside of the current law accountable!!!!!!!!!!
Georgia Peach

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Okay, everyone who is against this law should be willing to pay higher taxes to fund the hiring of new city, state, and county workers to spend all their time digging up records for public records requests. Ready for state income tax to be doubled? tripled? How about all the tax revenues that will be needed to pay the lawyers and plaintiffs who bring the suits?
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Georgia Peach wrote:
Okay, everyone who is against this law should be willing to pay higher taxes to fund the hiring of new city, state, and county workers to spend all their time digging up records for public records requests. Ready for state income tax to be doubled? tripled? How about all the tax revenues that will be needed to pay the lawyers and plaintiffs who bring the suits?
Ok fine no money but when a public official or employee fails to produce records or destroyes them it should result in said official or employee being fired all retirement taken and never be eligible for any form of Social security, welfare, etc. If the said employee or official has more than one case against them by two or more plantifs they should be taken to the nearest public school and shot in the back of the head.

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I am a life long republican. Those wanting caps are not republicans but R.I.N.O.s , who are actually cowardly comunists who don't have the balls to admit what they are.
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We have technology to file and save all phone calls and radio traffic recordings! There should be NO SECRECY in THE POLICE OR CITY HALLS! SECRET MEETINGS AND CALLS ALLOWS CORRUPTION!
The allows reseanoble fees to be charged for copies
leave it alone!
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What we need is more gov't accountability - not less.

Once gov't bodies treat the public records act with respect they'll obey the law and these lawsuits will dry up.
very concerned citizen

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Some sanity it the courts!

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