The Georgia House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed HB 397, the proposed re-write to improve Georgia’s Open Records and Open Meetings Laws. The legislation, sponsored by Representative Jay Powell, will proceed to the Senate for consideration.
Attorney General Sam Olens, a staunch advocate of government transparency, praised the action by the House.
“The bill passed by the House today is fair and balanced, strengthens government transparency, clarifies current law and provides the tools necessary to adequately enforce the law,” said Olens. “I am grateful to Representative Jay Powell for crafting a bill that protects the rights of Georgians to an open government while recognizing the need for efficient government and the confidentiality of sensitive information. I am also grateful to Speaker David Ralston, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Wendell Willard and House Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman Mike Jacobs for their leadership and hard work on perfecting the legislation. I appreciate the diligence and robust input from the stakeholders, whose tireless efforts have ensured that all interests are well represented. I am proud of the bill that cleared the House today and encourage the Senate to swiftly pass HB 397.”