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Court Holds Public Bodies Must Tell Why They Are Entering Executive Session In Their Minutes

In the case of State ex rel. Ames v. Brimfield Twp. Bd. of Trs., 11th Dist. Portage No. 2019-P-0017, 2019-Ohio-4926, an Ohio appellate court held that meeting minutes must tell why a public body is moving into a private executive session during a public meeting.

In this case, a township resident filed a complaint against a township for violating R.C. 121.22, Ohio’s Open Meetings Act, by entering into executive session for matters not permissible for non-public discussion.

The Ohio appellate court held that minutes must specify one of the exceptions to public meetings listed in R.C. 121.22(G) to make a public body’s entry into executive session proper.

To read this case, click here.

Authors: Matthew John Markling and the McGown & Markling Team.

Note: This blog entry does not constitute – nor does it contain – legal advice. Legal jurisprudence is always changing like the Midwestern weather. As a result, this single blog entry cannot substitute for consultation with a McGown & Markling attorney. If legal advice is needed with respect to a specific factual situation, please feel free to contact a McGown & Markling attorney.

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