Supreme Court Rules Emails Can Count as Meetings

May 9, 2016

On Tuesday, May 3, in a 5-2 decision, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that "R.C. 121.22 prohibits any private prearranged discussion of public business by a majority of the members of a public body regardless of whether discussion occurs face-to-face; telephonically; by video conference; or electronically by email, text, tweet or other form of communication."

 

Townships are encouraged to review this opinion and its implications on township operations with legal counsel. White v. King, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-2770