II. EXEMPTIONS AND OTHER LEGAL LIMITATIONS

Exemptions are clearly the exception under Georgia's statute. "The underlying implication" of the Act "is that all records of all state, county and municipal authorities are open to public inspection unless closed by a specific exception." Doe v. Sears, 245 Ga. 83, 263 S.E.2d 119 (1980), cert. denied, 446 U.S. 979 (1980). "[A]ny purported statutory exemption from disclosure under the Open Records Act must be narrowly construed." Hardaway Co. v. Rives, 262 Ga. 631, 422 S.E.2d 854 (1992) (emphasis in original); City of Brunswick v. Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 214 Ga. App. 150, 447 S.E.2d 41 (1994). Moreover, if access to documents is denied, the custodian of records must, within three days, specify the specific legal authority exempting the record(s) from disclosure, by Code section, subsection, and paragraph. O.C.G.A. § 50-18-72(h). See Hoffman v. Oxendine, 268 Ga. App. 316, 601 S.E.2d 813 (2004) (Insurance Commissioner failed to cite valid authority in his response). With limited circumstances for amending such response, the Act authorizes costs and reasonable attorney fees should the cited authority be irrelevant to the request. O.C.G.A. § 50-18-72(h).