Advocating for Openness in Local Government

The Transparency Project of Georgia is a grassroots public advocacy project that promotes openness in local government, advocates for citizens who believe their rights of access have been denied, helps to give journalists another voice as they strive to serve as a public watchdog and provides important information for public officials regarding the ethics of…

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: 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…