Georgia

(5). Other information required in notice.

Notice of emergency meetings, those called with less than 24 hours notice, must include notice of the subjects to be considered at the meeting. O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1(e)(1).

3. Balancing of interests

Although case law interpreting the Georgia privilege does not explicitly contemplate a "balancing" of interests, the analysis used by the appellate courts clearly incorporates a sensitivity to the broader principles protected by the privilege. See, e.g., In re Paul, 270 Ga. 680, 682 (Ga. 1999) ("News stories based on confidential sources and information enable citizens to make more informed decisions about the conduct of government and its respect for individual rights.").

2. Priority.

The Act does not specifically require courts to give priority to litigation to enforce the Act but expedited treatment may be sought and is often afforded depending upon the facts of the particular case.

I. Economic development records.

Economic development records have not been exempted from the Act’s disclosure requirements.

B. Must a commenter give notice of intentions to comment?

The Act does not address whether a commenter must give notice of his intention to comment, but "failure to include on the agenda an item which becomes necessary to address during the course of a meeting shall not preclude considering and acting upon such item." O.C.G.A. § 50-14(e)(1). See, e.g., Lancaster v. Effingham Cty., 2005 Ga. App. LEXIS 529 (2005).

3. Use of records.

Except in the rare case where access is statutorily conditioned upon written acceptance of restrictions on subsequent use, see discussion in 2 c above, Georgia law places no restrictions on the subsequent use of records obtained under the Act.

C. Other proceedings involving minors

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The general public has a right of access to juvenile proceedings in cases involving child support, legitimation, custody, and visitation actions, where there is no compelling interest on the part of the parties necessitating closure. O.C.G.A. § 15-11-78(b).

(2). Are minutes a public record?

That part of the minutes reflecting the names of members present and the names of those voting for closure must be made available to the public. O.C.G.A. § 50-14-4(a). Furthermore, the minutes of any portion of the meeting not subject to an exception, privilege or confidentiality must be open to public inspection. O.C.G.A. § 50-14-4(a).

B. Broadcast materials

Georgia law does not recognize news broadcasts as self-authenticating, but parties to litigation in almost all cases stipulate to their authenticity. Failure to stipulate without a good faith basis to dispute authenticity is potentially sanctionable.