ZACHARY: People should mind their own business

From Jim Zachary’s weekly DomeLight Column published in the Valdosta Daily Times:    Everyone running for office tells voters they will be open and transparent. Why then do state lawmakers assault the public’s right to know year after year? The 2019 Georgia legislative session is in the books. Largely, the state’s open government laws came…

Atlanta open records approach a ray of sunshine

From the Georgia First Amendment Foundation: New City of Atlanta open records approach a ray of sunshine By Jim Zachary The city of Atlanta has passed sweeping open government legislation that should be a model across Georgia. Let’s be clear. Atlanta did not have a great track record when it comes to open government under…

EDITORIAL: Public records violations criminal; everyone in local government should be paying close attention

Everyone in local government should be paying close attention Something unprecedented in state government has happened. Elected and appointed officials, along with records custodians in every branch of local government, better be paying close attention. City Hall is under criminal investigation for possible violations of the Georgia Open Records Act, and if it can happen…