From The Columbus Dispatch The office of Republican Gov. John Kasich is advising Ohioans who want copies of communications and emails to specify a subject or topic or their request for public records is doomed to rejection as overly broad.
Lawyers for Attorney General Mike DeWine, who are defending Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor in a public records suit filed by the Ohio Democratic Party, provided the advice yesterday in an Ohio Supreme Court filing.
Their motion asked the justices to dismiss the Democrats’ suit, arguing it cannot succeed because the party failed to file a proper public records request and rejected the governor’s office invitations to specify exactly what it is looking for.
Citing prior Supreme Court rulings regarding overly broad requests, the motion says government has no responsibility to turn over all communications between office employees over the space of a year.