Dozier v. Norris

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Number: 241 Ga. 230
Year: 1978
State: Georgia
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Dozier v. Norris was a case before the Georgia Supreme Court in 1978 concerning open meetings laws.


Dozier v. Norris, 241 Ga. 230 (1978) (per curiam): Suit by citizens and taxpayers of Columbia County to invalidate certain action by the county commission taken at an allegedly secret meeting held in one of the commissioner's homes. As in Harms, the Court affirmed the rejection by the trial court (Pierce, J.) of the Open Meetings claim, holding that Act "does not require notice to the public of governmental meetings; rather, it merely requires meetings to be open to the public." Unlike in Harms, the Court recognized the importance of such a notice requirement if the Act is to be effective: "The trial court realized and this court realizes the potential for abuse when meetings that are open to the public are held away from their usual places." [Note that the present Open Meetings Act requires notice of meetings.]ref>Synopsis of Georgia Open Meetings Act Cases</ref>

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