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Jersawitz v. Fortson

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Number: 213 Ga. App. 796
Year: 1994
State: Georgia
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Jersawitz v. Fortson was a case before the Georgia Supreme Court in 1994 concerning open meetings laws and its application to municipalities.


Jersawitz v. Fortson, 213 Ga. App. 796 (1994) (Blackburn, J.), cert. applied for: Suit alleging violation of Open Meetings Act by the Atlanta Housing Authority's Olympic Task Force Selection Committee. The trial court (Langham, J.) held that the meeting did not fall within the purview of the Open Meetings Act. The Court of Appeals reversed, holding that the committee "acted as a vehicle for AHA to carry out its responsibility to review the proposals submitted to the agency, and because of the responsibility assumed by this committee with the knowledge and full acquiescence of the agency, the agency cannot hide behind the committee and assert that its governing body did not create it." The court also found that AHA did not substantially comply with the Act by providing the plaintiff with a videotape of the meeting after the fact, because viewing a videotape was not "as adequate substitute" for having the opportunity to give input to the decision-makers.[1]

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