Will Wilson is a former GOVERNING correspondent.E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ohio legislature is setting up a committee on how to handle "e-mails about government business sent through private e-mail accounts."
"It needs to be defined, because the new technology drives these questions," said Rep. Larry Wolpert, R-Hilliard, a co-chairman of the Privacy and Public Records Access Committee. "As a legislator, I want to know what I can and cannot do, and right now it's gray."
I imagine that this will soon be a hot topic for many legislatures (and the journalists who cover them).
It is a big pain to type out "e-mails about government business sent through private e-mail accounts."
Can we all agree to call these "Rovers" in the future?
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