Bill could strip public’s right to view mugshots

ATLANTA — A bill pending in the Georgia House of Representatives coincides with recommendations out of a Senate committee that the Georgia Open Records Act should be amended to bar arrest booking photos from being released to the public. House Bill 845, introduced by Rep. Brian Strickland (R – McDonough) would amend the Act to…

Legislation by loophole is a violation of the public trust

Some big corporate fat cat finds loopholes in the tax code and pays virtually no income taxes despite making millions and living a lavish lifestyle. A successful high-profile hedge fund manager finds ways to benefit from proprietary information and grow personal investments without technically being guilty of insider trading. A large commercial developer knows all…

Attorney-client privilege is a misnomer, often abused

Principle should always matter more than precedence or practice. As a matter of principle, government attorneys should represent the governed, first and foremost. In precedent and practice, however, it appears government lawyers cater their representation to elected officials themselves. Anyone employed with public monies should work for the public. If an attorney is hired to…

Government retreats show disregard for citizens

It is that time of year again. It is retreat season Local governments are planning their out-of-town all-day or two-day retreats where they get together and discuss their respective legislative agendas for the rest of the year. To be fair, they give public notice and the public is welcome to attend. We should also say…

Read, comment, rinse and repeat

You may be familiar with a recent story that’s gone viral since it was posted on dailycurrant.com Jan. 1. The headline reads something along the lines of, “37 people dead of marijuana overdose on first day.” The obviously satirical piece is referring to the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado. Obviously a controversial…

Sunshine expert speaks with authority

 Last week’s statements by the state’s leading authority on open meetings and open records has certainly created buzz. When attorney David Hudson plainly stated there is no legal basis for saying elected officials cannot openly discuss what occurs in an executive session of a local legislative body, it generated no small amount of discussion, here…