New open records law brings confusion, changes

From Dalton Daily Citizen:

For almost eight years, the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners has assigned liaisons to most county departments to help manage the departments and keep the rest of the board members up to date on county projects. But Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Babb says changes in the state’s open records law may lead the board to abolish any formal liaisons.

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Attorney General’s Office Talks Open Records; Low Attendance from School Board

From 41NBC.com:

MACON—Today, the Bibb County community and the school board got a first hand lesson about Georgia's Open Records and Open Meetings Laws.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Stefan Ritter came down to educate the school board.

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ACLU, Others File FOIA Request with Immigration Agency

From PBA.org:

The Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, along with some immigrants’ rights groups, has filed a “Freedom of Information Act” request with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The request asks for information related to two immigration enforcement programs in Georgia. Azadeh Shashahani, with the Georgia ACLU, says they want information about Secure Communities and 287 (g). 

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Open records exemption approved for economic development

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

State economic development incentives for large projects would remain secret until a company commits to a project or abandons negotiations, according to legislation that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

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Georgia pols fight law opening criminal records even without crime

From FoxNews.com

ATLANTA –  For 13 years, a Georgia woman has lived under the shadow of a child abuse investigation, though police cleared her of any wrongdoing. 

The welts and bruises on her daughter's body turned out to be an allergic reaction to antibiotics. But the investigation showed up on criminal background checks, restricting her access to jobs, housing and even her daughter's school. 

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