Georgia transparency legislation

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Here you will find a collection of transparency legislation in Georgia.

2010

See also, Proposed reforms in state sunshine laws, 2010

The Transparency in Government Act (SB 389) was signed into law in June 2010 by Gov. Sonny Perdue. Sen. Jim Butterworth (R-Clarkesville) authored the legislation promoting further transparency and savings in government. The Transparency in Government Act will enhance reporting requirements at the public information website, open.georgia.gov.

2009

See also: Georgia Open Records Act

House Bill 171 [1] would exempt individual's names and contact information from public records. Blogger Johnny Edwards is urging for this bill to fail, saying "The key word is "name." All kinds of documents would become useless. Want to find out who's behind the company that just got awarded a lucrative city contract? Sorry. Want to see the work application of a high school teacher accused of having sex with teenagers? Good luck." [2]

Senate Bill 26 would exempt e-mail distribution lists kept by police and fire departments from Open Records requests. [3]

Senate Bill 124 [4] would require that social security numbers be redacted from public documents.

2008

  • Georgia Senate Bill 300 (2008) requires the creation of an online database detailing state expenditures by January 1, 2009.
  • Transparency in Government Initiativewebsite was launched in August 2008.

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