Learn how to request public records in Sunshine Week program
Sunshine Week is a nationwide effort to highlight the importance of transparency in government, freedom of information and open government at all levels. Sunshine Week occurs around the birthday of James Madison, the fourth president of the U.S. and author of the First Amendment to the Constitution. It is being observed this year March 14-20, 2021.
The League of Women Voters of Ohio and Common Cause Ohio will provide a free virtual program at noon on Tuesday, March 16, to guide citizens through the process of requesting public records. To register for this free event, go the LWV Ohio Facebook page: facebook.com/events/459270628428774.
Most Ohio public bodies have changed their public meeting requirements in the past year, due to the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sunshine Week is an appropriate time to review ways in which citizens are informed about plans and actions and to assess how easy it is for citizens to express opinions to elected officials.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership is open to men and women ages 16 and over.
– Janice Patterson, chair of the Westlake/North Olmsted Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland