Today, the Georgia Supreme Court affirmed the State of
Attorney General Olens praised the ruling as a victory for government transparency. “By ruling in favor of Mr. Cardinale, the Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the legislative intent of
In Cardinale v. the City of
“While the Act provides for public access to agency meetings, it also fosters openness by, among other things, requiring agencies to generate meeting minutes that are open to public inspection so that members of the public unable to attend a meeting nonetheless may learn what occurred. See OCGA § 50-14-1 (e) (2)…To adopt a contrary holding that agencies possess discretion to decline to record the names of those voting against a proposal or abstaining in the case of a non-roll-call vote would potentially deny non-attending members of the public access to information available to those who attended a meeting.”
A copy of the amicus brief filed by Olens is attached.