- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio House Finance Committee is pulling an item from the state budget that would have stifled Auditor Dave Yost’s new public records audit system.

The panel removed the provision Monday as it put finishing touches on the two-year, $71.5 billion state operating budget.

Yost had been furious over a budget amendment that prevented him from ruling on public records complaints that state agencies are violating public-records laws.

He had proposed to make such rulings as part of a program aimed at resolving records disputes before they resulted in a lawsuit.

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