MOUNT VERNON — Sunday’s time change provides the possibility of additional sunlight at the end of the day. The change also triggers the start of National Sunshine Week — an opportunity to remind the public and government agencies of the importance of public records and their availability by simple request from the public.
National Sunshine Week, sponsored by the National Association of Newspaper Editors, was established in 2005 to bring awareness to open government. At the heart of National Sunshine Week is the opportunity to educate the general population on public records and how everyone — not just the media — has access to them.
A public record is any document — kept by a public office — that details the “organization, function, policies, decisions, procedures, operations or other actions of the office,” according to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. This could include emails, voicemails, financial records, personnel files, work-driven data and calendars, to name a few.