New Georgia AG Wants Sunshine Revamp

From the Augusta Chronicle

Attorney General Sam Olens announced his is taking a more proactive approach than his predecessors in championing a broad legislative agenda, including a rewrite of the state’s Sunshine Law and seeking new powers to prosecute human trafficking and mortgage fraud…

The rewrite of the Sunshine Law, also known as the Open Meetings/Open Records Act, hasn’t been introduced. In it, he intends to update it with recent court decisions and clarify the language.

“The current law is really incomprehensible,” he said. “The press can understand it because they work with it every day, but it needs to be clear for John Q. Citizen.”

One change in the law he intends is boosting to $1,000 the fine for government officials who improperly meet secretly or refuse to turn over records covered under the law.

 

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