Carr Vows to ‘Promote Transparent Government’ in Records Training Report

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr reported Wednesday on efforts to promote understanding of the state’s open meetings and open records law, saying his office has assisted 260 citizens in the past year with getting documents and answers from government. The attorney general said in a news release that many complaints his office has mediated between…

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for June 15, 2012

A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week:

Judge expects Sebring case ruling in week

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Gainesville officials worry about recouping cost of fulfilling requests

From Gainesville Times:

As part of the revisions to open records laws, the cost of getting government documents would drop to 10 cents from 25 cents per page.

That change may seem insignificant, but it has troubled Gainesville city officials, who say they already lose money filling records requests.

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Georgia bill bolsters privacy

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Last week’s passage of a revised Georgia Sunshine Law now blocks political campaigns, marketers and almost anyone else from access to residents’ email addresses on file with local governments.

Georgia’s Open Records Law has for years exempted Neighborhood Watch and similar contact information dealing with property security. But just about everything else has been fair game.

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