(A) All conferences and administrative proceedings under sections 1733.324 and 1733.325 of the Revised Code, the fact of their actual or anticipated occurrence, and all notices, agreements, hearings, orders, records, evidence, transcripts, and other writings, happenings, or things pertaining to those conferences or proceedings, shall be kept confidential as among the superintendent of financial institutions, the director of commerce, the deputy director of financial institutions, the governor, the credit union or regulated individual who is party to the conference or proceedings, witnesses in the conference or proceedings, and other persons specifically designated by the superintendent or director. In designating specific persons who may be present or acquire knowledge of matters made confidential by this division, the superintendent and director shall not exclude attorneys or other suitable representatives of the credit union, or of any regulated individual, who is party to the conference or proceedings. If the conference or proceedings apply to a regulated individual, the superintendent and director shall not exclude suitable representatives of the credit union of which such regulated individual is an officer, director, or employee.
(B) Division (A) of this section ceases to apply upon the occurrence of any of the following:
(1) An action is brought to recover a forfeiture for the violation of an agreement concluded, or a final or summary cease-and-desist order issued, under section 1733.324 or 1733.325 of the Revised Code. A forfeiture, in the absence of such an action for recovery, does not waive division (A) of this section except insofar as the forfeiture must be reflected or reported in the financial records or reports of the credit union or regulated individual.
(2) Information made confidential by division (A) of this section is needed as evidence in a criminal proceeding; in proceedings under section 1733.37 of the Revised Code; or in the work of a committee of the general assembly.
(C) No officer or employee of the division of credit unions, of the department of commerce or any of its other divisions, or of the governor's office shall violate division (A) of this section.
Effective Date: 06-18-2002 .