Ohio: House passes bill exempting personal information about judges from disclosure

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.