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  

Time to build culture of open government

MACON — Watchdog groups, community activists, students and journalists joined the Transparency Project of Georgia and the Georgia First Amendment Foundation for the first in a statewide series of Open Government Symposiums in Macon Friday. Jim Zachary told the group, “It is up to all of us to build a culture of government transparency across…

Government transparency directly related to our liberty

In his book “Transparent Government: What it Means and How you can Make it Happen,” Donald Gordan quotes Patrick Henry’s words from the June 9, 1788 Virginia Constitutional Convention: “The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.” Gordon, who teaches…

Time to champion Sunshine Week

Sunshine Week 2014 begins Sunday, March 16. The Transparency Project encourages all open government advocates, newspapers, watchdog groups and public officials who believe in the importance of government transparency to join us in highlighting this week long effort. The American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press are encouraging open…