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Transparency

Good government begins with engaged and informed citizens. The state of Ohio has laws and rules that strive to create transparency so that our residents can clearly see how their government operates.

  • Can I look up the owner of a specific piece of property?/wps/portal/gov/site/help-center/faqs/government/who-owns-this-property
  • Can I look up the owner of a specific piece of property?

    You can search for the owners of a property in your neighborhood on your county auditor's website.

    You can find information about property owned by the state from the Treasurer of State's office.

  • Can I see where the state gets its money and how it spends it?/wps/portal/gov/site/help-center/faqs/government/how-state-gets-spends-money
  • Can I see where the state gets its money and how it spends it?

    Checkbook.ohio.gov is a searchable database of real-time state funding and spending.

  • How do I request public records?/wps/portal/gov/site/help-center/faqs/government/how-do-i-request-public-records
  • How do I request public records?

    Ohio’s Public Records and Open Meetings laws, collectively known as the “Sunshine Laws,” give Ohioans access to government meetings and records. You need to request public records from the state agency, board, or commission that holds that record.

    Learn more about Ohio’s Sunshine Laws from the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

  • When do state legislators meet?/wps/portal/gov/site/help-center/faqs/government/when-do-my-legislators-meet
  • When do state legislators meet?

    To find out when the General Assembly is in session, see the session schedule as well as the full legislative calendar from the Ohio Legislature.