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Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard
ALBANY Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard says she wants elected officials and members of the city's various volunteer boards to be briefed on changes to the state's open records and open meetings laws.
Near the end of Tuesday's commission meeting Hubbard said she wanted City Attorney Nathan Davis to go over the changes that went into effect this year for the laws that govern how and when local governments must turn over documents or have meetings open to the public.
"I think we need to get as many people that are involved in this government; elected officials, our board members, and whoever else, to sit down and see what the changes are so we can make sure that we're on the right side of the law," Hubbard said.
Earlier this year, the Georgia governor Nathan Deal signed into law an overhaul of both the Georgia Open Records Act and the Open Meetings law, which are collectively known as Georgia's Sunshine laws.
The bill, which was authored by Camilla Representative Jay Powell and was crafted with the help of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation, the Georgia Press Association, the Georgia Municipal Association and Association of County Commissioners.