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Governors' exemption cited in Ohio records fight

Associated Press • Sep 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM

A rarely used exemption known as "executive privilege" is among Gov. John Kasich's arguments in a lawsuit filed by the Ohio Democratic Party over access to schedules of the Republican's appearances.

Democrats wanted access to schedules that they alleged could show Kasich misused state time to campaign for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

State attorneys say the administration provided some requested information but wouldn't provide schedules for future appearances because that could create a security risk for Kasich. The state also said some documents could be exempt from disclosure under "executive privilege" for Ohio governors.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/R4LkLH ) reports that exemption hadn't been used since a 2006 Ohio Supreme Court ruling created it. A particular need for disclosure must be demonstrated to overcome the exemption.

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