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Tue., 11:17am: High court upholds privacy of JobsOhio records

December 3, 2013
Tribune Chronicle | TribToday.com

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed a lawyer's request for records kept by the state's privatized job-creation agency on procedural grounds.

The decision came Tuesday in a complaint filed by former ProgressOhio attorney Victoria Ullmann. She filed the complaint in August after being dropped as lead lawyer on a more high-profile constitutional challenge to JobsOhio that continues.

Justices said the state law creating JobsOhio ``specifically exempted the office from Ohio'' public records law.

Ullmann had asked justices to declare JobsOhio a state agency because the privatized economic development entity acts as the ``functional equivalent'' of one under the law. Such a ruling would have opened JobsOhio to public records requests and other forms of scrutiny that were prevented under its enabling legislation.

 
 

 

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