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Mayor wants commission, staff briefed on state Open Meetings/records law changes

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard

— 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.

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dingleberry 1 year, 8 months ago

Well this is encouraging if the intent is to follow the law. Invite DCSS and DoCo while at it.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 8 months ago

We finally have a mayor who is trying to get things done!!! Thank God....

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43cop 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank you Mrs. Mayor for attempting to open these meeting up and if you can get the "President" "Bodine" involved, we would like that. As for Murfree and the DCSS Board, I think that is a hopeless cause and it is going to take a Federal and/or State investigation to stop Bush and the boys.

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B4it 1 year, 8 months ago

Good that she is only doing what the mayor's position should be doing in making sure rules are followed. Now if she could also condemn the racist comments made by commissioner Tommy Postell, that would be an encouragement to the rest of the community. It would also show others that racist comments are not to be tolerated.

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ustaknow 1 year, 8 months ago

Mrs Hubbard is doing as great job on many fronts. So far very high marks. Now she needs to step in and clean up the commission and the DCSS. IF she does that she has my full support.

I really believe she is trying hard to turn our city around but part of the problem is the school fraud and the bad apples on the commission.

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Martian 1 year, 8 months ago

Now we have a mayor who leads and inspires. Great move, Mayor Hubbard.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 8 months ago

Albany did the right thing when they picked her....good job Albany!

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