Too Many Requests For Public Records Rejected, Officials Say
"To the frustration of civic do-gooders and journalists alike, “overly broad” has become the new mantra of government officials in denying requests for public records in Ohio. It has become difficult, critics say, to fashion requests to obtain records that are seen as specific enough to please some officials and lawyers who control the release of records."
In an article published on March 17, 2014, Randy Ludlow of the Columbus Dispatch explored the recent phenomenon of public record request refusals citing "overly broad" as the reason for the denial.
KSU Media Law Center for Ethics and Access Director Tim Smith was quoted in the article, “‘Overly broad’ is the phrase du jour,” he said. “What they are jumping on is the animosity expressed toward the open-records law by the Ohio Supreme Court. One public office after another is taking advantage of the court’s clear dislike for records access.”