Legislative Breakfast explores emerging open government issues in 2020 General Assembly

Transparency implications of proposed legislation dominated the discussion at the Georgia First Amendment Foundation’s annual Legislative Breakfast on Jan. 23.

State Sen. Jen Jordan, state Rep. Josh McLaurin, Atlanta Journal-Constitution journalist James Salzer and First Amendment attorneys Tom Clyde and Peter Canfield examined issues emerging in the General Assembly session, including bills that would:

  • Limit public access to criminal records
  • Impose restrictions on journalists
  • Require “truth-in-taxation” transparency
  • Curb private companies’ control over access to public records
  • Require all-party consent for recording non-public conversations

The lawmakers gave their take on the viability of these measures and offered behind-the-scenes perspectives on how business gets done under the Gold Dome.

The breakfast was held at the Georgia State University College of Law in downtown Atlanta. It was co-sponsored by student chapters of the American Constitution Society and the Black Law Students Association.

GFAF 2016 legislative summary: Good, bad & ugly

Here’s the GFAF report card on legislation with an impact on government transparency and free speech: what passed and what did not during the 2016 session,  and whether it helps or hurts open government in Georgia.

Check back frequently because GFAF will ask the Governor to veto some bills, and we will post our correspondence here.

 

 

GFAF legislative watch Vol. 3

Georgia’s annual legislative session ended on Thursday, March 24, 2016.  Click here for the highs and lows of the transparency and First Amendment bills that passed through the General Assembly this year.  Check back frequently because GFAF will ask the Governor to veto some bills, and we will post our correspondence here.