Attorney General fines Hospital Authority

Open Government training ordered     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. The complete story: The Valdosta Daily Times  

Sunshine Week: Open government is good government

March 13-19, 2016 is recognized nationally as Sunshine Week  “Government business must be open; Media must help hold officials accountable,” by Jim Zachary, editor of the Valdosta (Ga.) Daily Times and director of the Transparency Project of Georgia: “Government must be held accountable. The only way for the public to hold government accountable is for all…

State limits executive sessions

Executive sessions must not be used to conceal the people’s business. Closed meetings are only legal for a few reasons. Talking about anything that is not exempt from the Georgia Open Meetings Act behind closed doors is a violation of the law. Any time a city council, county commission, planning commission, board of education or…

Official boycotts out of town retreat

A metro Atlanta city councilman will be boycotting the city’s out of town retreat, opting not to take the public’s business to a resort in another county. Douglasville councilman Richard Segal cited a 2014 article by Transparency Project of Georgia Director Jim Zachary headlined “Government retreats show disregard for citizens” in making his decision, according to a…