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Ohio Revised Code 149.43 (A) defines a public record as those records kept by any public office, including, but not limited to:

  • the state
  • a county
  • a city
  • a village
  • a township
  • school district units
  • records pertaining to the delivery of educational services by an alternative school in this state kept by the nonprofit or for-profit entity operating the alternative school. Ohio Revised Code 3313.533.

That same statute provides a list of records that the Ohio legislature has specifically deemed not public records. In addition, the Courts in Ohio have also designated certain records as not public records. Despite these exceptions, the general rule in Ohio is that records kept by a public agency in the normal course of business are public records.