Sunshine Q&A: When is it okay to share a public document?

A Georgia journalist contacted us to ask whether it’s appropriate to share documents obtained through an open records request, whether or not the agency that provided the document was fully authorized to do so. The question is a valid one: If one agency won’t provide the information because it’s part of an “ongoing investigation,” what’s to…

Sunshine Q&A: When are police records public?

The short answer: Most of the time. The Open Records Act is crafted in a way that if there’s any question about whether a document would be classified as public or not, it always leans toward transparency. The most common type of record requested by individuals from law enforcement agencies are police incident reports. These…

Sunshine Q&A: How is the Open Records Act enforced?

Sometimes, obtaining public documents is not as simple as filing an open records request and waiting patiently while the request is processed. We hear from people every week who say they’re being stonewalled by government agencies. While the motivations for doing so are widely varied, we have a couple options, as citizens, for ensuring our request…

Sunshine Q&A: When can the public receive meeting packets?

A Jekyll Island resident was surprised when new city leadership stopped providing advance copies of documents that detail the Island Authority’s discussion during public meetings. Without the meeting packets, the residents are left in the dark at the meetings. A public agency is required to release meeting agendas before a meeting, but what does the law…

ANNOUNCEMENT: Georgia First Amendment Foundation Adopts Grassroots Transparency Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kelsey Cochran, Project Manager, Transparency Project of Georgia (615) 715-5998 georgiatransparency@gmail.com ATLANTA (July 14, 2014) — The Georgia First Amendment Foundation and the Transparency Project of Georgia today announce an exciting partnership to advocate for greater transparency in the way public officials do the peoples’ business. “Our team is dedicated to…