The Ohio House approved 95-2 last week a bill to exempt personal information about judges from public disclosure.
HB 341 as approved has two main elements.
- It adds judges and magistrates to the list of professions whose residential and familial information is exempted from disclosure under Ohio’s Public Records Law.
- It permits a judge or magistrate to request that the judge or magistrate’s address be redacted from any record of a public office that is publicly available on the Internet in which the judge or magistrate’s residential and familial information appears, except for the records of a county auditor. For county auditor’s records, the judge or magistrate’s initials can be used instead.
HB 341 is in now in the Senate but not yet assigned to a committee.