New ‘Yellow Book' released



An updated version of the “Yellow Book,” Ohio’s foremost resource for addressing open government issues, along with a free online training course, was released Monday.

Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the release of the 2018 edition of Ohio Sunshine Laws: An Open Government Resource Manual to mark the start of National Sunshine Week.

“By providing elected officials, public employees, and Ohio citizens with information about public records and compliance, we help ensure accountability and transparency in the conduct of public business,” DeWine said.

The Sunshine Laws Manual provides summaries of Ohio Revised Code provisions and case law regarding the Ohio Public Records Act and Open Meetings Act. The 2018 edition includes updates on recent open government legal decisions and law changes.

The electronic edition can be accessed at and includes digital navigation tools to facilitate searching for and locating information.

The Attorney General’s Public Records Unit also offers free online Sunshine Laws training at The online training contains 13 separate lessons plus an introductory video featuring the Attorney General.

The Public Records Unit regularly conducts Sunshine Laws Trainings at locations throughout Ohio.

The training on Ohio’s Public Records Act is required for local public officials or their designee at least once per elected term and also includes training on the Open Meetings Act.

The online training is approved for CLE credit, as are live Sunshine Laws trainings, and can be completed at home or in the office.