Olens Unveils Sunshine Laws Overhaul

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Atlanta, GA (AP) - A sweeping rewrite of Georgia's sunshine laws has
been unveiled under the Gold Dome.

The proposals introduced Monday would sharply increase the fines of meetings and records violations and require officials who close meetings to keep notes that a judge can review in a legal dispute.

The measures also include revisions sure to upset First Amendment advocates.

It calls for advance payments on records that cost more than $500 to prepare, and lists new exemptions to the open records laws that includes any record that would threaten the receipt of federal funds.

Attorney General Sam Olens said the proposals balance the needs of government officials who seek more flexibility with advocates who call for more transparency.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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