In April Governor Nathan Deal signed HB 397 into law. HB 397 is an overhaul of the state’s Open Meetings and Open Records Acts that won bipartisan support within the state legislature this year and is now in effect.
Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, the Georgia Press Association, the Georgia First Amendment Foundation and other key media and government associations worked hand-in-hand to rewrite this important legislation. So why is this legislation important? It protects the public’s right to know how its government is operating.