OH House & Senate Leadership Janus Related Communications

Chris Brooks filed this request with the Ohio House of Representatives of Ohio.
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From: Chris Brooks


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Ohio Open Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all electronic communications (including but not limited to text messages and emails) of Rep. Ryan Smith and staff, Rep. Kirk Schuring and staff, Rep. Bill Seitz and staff, Rep. Sarah LaTourette and staff, Rep. Thomas F. Patton and staff, Rep. Bill Reineke and staff, Sen. Larry Obhof and staff, Sen. Bob Peterson and staff, Sen. Randy Gardner and staff, Sen. Gayle Manning and staff, referencing, related to, concerning or containing mention of any of the following: the Supreme Court's decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Janus, Mark Janus, right-to-work or right to work legislation, right-to-work or right to work policies, right-to-work or right to work court rulings, RTW, labor, unions, agency fees, AFSCME, SEIU, AFT, NEA, 32BJ, Buckeye Institute, Ashbrook Center, 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, Commonwealth Foundation, collective bargaining, union contracts, Freedom Foundation, American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC, State Policy Network, SPN, Americans for Prosperity, Bradley Foundation, and the Mackinac Center.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days.

Sincerely,

Chris Brooks

From: Ohio House of Representatives

Dear Mr. Brooks,

This email serves to acknowledge your public records request made to the offices of:

1. Speaker Ryan Smith

* With regard to your request, the House Speaker's Office is comprised of several teams, including his 1) direct staff, 2) legal team, 3) policy team, and, 4) communications team. Including all in this request may take a significantly longer time for it to be satisfied. Accordingly, please advise if you wish to limit it to Speaker Smith and a particular staff team.

1. Speaker Pro Tempore Schuring
2. Majority Floor Leader Seitz
3. Assistant Majority Floor Leader LaTourette
4. Majority Whip Patton
5. Assistant Majority Whip Reineke

As an initial matter, can you please clarify the date scope of your request?

Additionally, please note that the Ohio House does not maintain records kept by the Ohio Senate, or those of the Senators listed in your request. Accordingly, there are no records regarding this aspect.

Your request as it applies to ALEC and other keyword search terms will likely populate a large number of press and media clips, which will also need to be reviewed by the legal team prior to fulfillment. To expedite your request, do you want to limit your request to exclude such press records or limit it to personalized correspondence?

Finally, please note that our office serves as legal counsel for the entire House Republican Caucus, which is responsible for all 66 republican offices. We have also recently been processing a large number of additional requests and there are still many pending requests received prior to your request.

Please contact our office if you have any questions. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Sheila Louise Willamowski
Deputy Legal Counsel
House Republican Caucus
Ohio House of Representatives
Sheila.willamowski@ohiohouse.gov<mailto:Sheila.willamowski@ohiohouse.gov>
614.466.2179

Please note that this message and/or any attachments may contain attorney work product and/or may otherwise be privileged or confidential and/or protected from disclosure by applicable laws. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this message in error. Any review, dissemination, distribution or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender by reply or by telephone at the above noted number and immediately delete this message and any attachments. Thank you.

From: Chris Brooks

Sheila Louise Willamowski,

1. Please include all teams of the House Speaker's Office in my request.

2. The date scope of my request is from January 1, 2016 to the present.

3. Please do not limit the keyword search.

Thank you for your attention to this matter,

Chris Brooks

From: Ohio House of Representatives

Dear Mr. Brooks,

Thank you for your response. Applying the parameters you have given below makes this one of the largest records requests the Ohio House has ever received. It will likely be many months before it will complete and fulfilled.

We are happy to fulfill it as you request, but if you want it fulfilled quicker you will need to narrow the scope.

Please let me know if this information impacts your response to these questions. If not, we will proceed to fulfill as outlined below. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Sheila Louise Willamowski Boehner
Deputy Legal Counsel
House Republican Caucus
Ohio House of Representatives
Sheila.willamowski@ohiohouse.gov<mailto:Sheila.willamowski@ohiohouse.gov>

From: Chris Brooks

Please proceed

From: Ohio House of Representatives

Dear Mr. Brooks,

Thank you for your email.

From: Ohio House of Representatives

Dear Mr. Brooks,

Thank you for your email. We are continuing to process this highly voluminous request, and many others still remain in line ahead of it. Our anticipated timeframe remains unchanged.

Please note that on 8.8.2018, I wrote to you explaining part of the reason why this is such a massive undertaking. That email is attached for reference. I did not hear back from you, and we have thus continued to instruct offices to print all responsive records populated by keyword searches - including huge amounts of press clips - while working with IT. (Working with IT is an additional required step for such an expansive keyword search.)

Please contact our office if you have any additional questions. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Sheila Louise Willamowski Boehner
Deputy Legal Counsel
House Republican Caucus
Ohio House of Representatives
Sheila.willamowski@ohiohouse.gov<mailto:Sheila.willamowski@ohiohouse.gov>
614.466.2179

Please note that this message and/or any attachments may contain attorney work product and/or may otherwise be privileged or confidential and/or protected from disclosure by applicable laws. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this message in error. Any review, dissemination, distribution or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender by reply or by telephone at the above noted number and immediately delete this message and any attachments. Thank you.

From: Ohio House of Representatives

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