Back in June, we commended the Lowndes County Board of Education for its decision to not go out of town to conduct annual planning sessions, often known as “retreats.”
VALDOSTA — The Georgia First Amendment Foundation’s Red Book, otherwise known as “Georgia’s Sunshine Laws: A Citizen’s Guide to Open Government,” contains the laws verbatim, reprinted from the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, regarding Georgia’s Open Records Act and Georgia’s Open Meetings Act.
VALDOSTA — Georgia's open government legislation begins with these words: “The strong public policy of this state is in favor of open government; that open government is essential to a free, open and democratic society.”
ATLANTA — Articles, columns, guest editorials and educational materials on the subject of government transparency are available for free from the Transparency Project of Georgia.
KENNESAW – Sharon J. Hill says she wasn’t necessarily opposed to the deal Cobb County officials struck with the Atlanta Braves to lure the team away from Atlanta.
DALTON, Ga. — Members of the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners say they don't think their annual work session held April 30 at the meeting of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia in Savannah was inappropriate.
VALDOSTA — A Valdosta State University professor is disputing the amount of money the university has quoted him for satisfying recent open records requests.
VALDOSTA — A superior court judge declined to make an immediate ruling Thursday after hearing opposing arguments on whether a gag order in the Tara Grinstead murder case should remain in place or be overturned.
VALDOSTA — Members of the Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County, along with county government officials and staff, completed an open records and open meetings training session Tuesday.
An Atlanta government lawyer, who represents Fulton County, is attacking the people of Georgia in her efforts to punish individuals making open records requests.
ATLANTA (AP) — A lawsuit says a central Georgia court is illegally jailing people and then making it impossible to challenge their convictions by denying them access to their public court records.
Two years ago, the Georgia First Amendment Foundation honored the state’s Judicial Qualifications Commission for an opinion that strongly discouraged judges from keeping the public out of courtrooms.
We agree with the Georgia First Amendment Foundation that a proposal to abolish the state’s Judicial Qualifications Commission would be bad for the people of Georgia.
BLUE RIDGE, Ga. — When he was told charges against him would be dropped, a north Georgia journalist who was jailed after making an open records request thought his legal battles with a local judge might be over.
BLUE RIDGE, Ga. — Mark Thomason was arrested, handcuffed, put in the back of a police cruiser, booked, had his mugshot taken, was strip searched, made to pee in a cup in front of male witnesses, made to shower with other inmates and spent 24 hours in a jail cell.
VALDOSTA – Valdosta City Councilman Robert Yost, District 6, brought a list of concerns regarding the Hospital Authority of Valdosta Lowndes County before the mayor and city council at the regular city meeting Thursday night.
We are pleased the Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County has admitted to repeated violations of the Georgia Open Meetings Act and is vowing to comply with the law moving forward.
VALDOSTA — The Hospital Authority of Valdosta-Lowndes County agreed to a series of state reprimands Wednesday morning for violations of the Georgia Open Meetings Act.
VALDOSTA – Valdosta City Councilman Robert Yost, District 6, said he plans on bringing an ordinance to city council demanding the resignation of city appointed members of the Valdosta Lowndes County Hospital Authority within the next month.
We agree with the Attorney General’s moderate approach to handling violations of the Georgia Open Meetings Act by the Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County.
VALDOSTA — The State Attorney General’s Office has ordered the Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County to pay a $500 civil penalty to the State of Georgia and to participate in an open government training session with the Attorney General’s Office.
VALDOSTA — Councilman Robert Yost, District 6, has called for the resignation of every member of the Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County appointed by the city of Valdosta.
VALDOSTA — The Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County said this week it continues to look for ways to repurpose Smith-Northview Hospital after a group of physicians categorically rejected the idea to turn it into a Women and Children’s Center of Excellence.
VALDOSTA — The Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County has denied any illegal discussions during executive sessions, but said it will clean up its public meeting notices and meeting agendas.