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Is E-mail Use by Ohio Officials an Abuse of State Records Law?

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The Columbus Dispatch said that its review of official e-mails reveals that Ohio legislators are able to routinely shield their activities by using private e-mail accounts, some officials operate almost exclusively on personal handheld devices where public access is denied, and many offices have computer systems that purge e-mails after 30-days. Critics say the records law is being violated; officials argue it’s not, but the report shows technology is running ahead of laws and regulations.. (4/23/07)