Lawsuits: Group deciding how to distribute millions in Ohio opioid settlement money violated open-meetings, public-records law

Members of the OneOhio Recovery Foundation Board listen as Gov. Mike DeWine (upper left) speaks during the board's first meeting in Columbus in May. A drug-policy reform group filed lawsuits this week claiming OneOhio is violating Ohio's public-records and open-meetings law. (Jeremy Pelzer,

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The OneOhio Recovery Foundation Board, set up to decide how distribute hundreds of millions of dollars of opioid settlement money, is refusing to divulge records or allow the public to attend meetings, according to lawsuits filed by a drug policy reform group.

The lawsuits, filed by Harm Reduction Ohio, claim that OneOhio officials haven’t responded to the group’s request for documents related to OneOhio board meetings in May and June, as well as “numerous” committee meetings working on “hiring, finances, bylaws and other matters.”