Ohio lawmaker takes case to Supreme Court

April 6, 2009 at 2:33 PM
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COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 6 (UPI) -- An Ohio state representative said he has taken his public records case against Gov. Ted Strickland to the Ohio Supreme Court.

The Dayton (Ohio) Daily News reported Monday that Rep. Seth Morgan, R-Huber Heights, is suing to obtain the Democratic governor's "evidence-based model" for school reform and school funding.

Morgan says the governor's office hasn't communicated with his staff. He is asking the state's high court to compel Strickland to comply with Ohio's public records law and approve the records request.

"We need to if were going to make an informed decision on this budget," Morgan told the newspaper.

A spokeswoman for the governor said Morgan's request was so broad that it would take months for the office to compile the requested materials.

Amanda Wurst, Strickland's spokeswoman, told the Daily News the governor's office is identifying the materials that could be responsive to the lawmaker's request.

Morgan is ranking Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives Finance Committee's Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee.

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