By the AJC Editorial Board
It is a central tenet of our government that, to the greatest extent practicable, the people’s business should be conducted within plain view of the governed. Routine, overreaching secrecy conflicts with the public interest and has no place in America, its statehouses and town halls. Any exemptions from the robust pursuit of open governance should be well-grounded in common-sense sentiment and drafted as narrowly as possible.
Georgia will move closer to that ideal if a bill passed by the House is likewise approved in the Senate and becomes law. That should happen this session. The legislation is not perfect, but it’s rarely been more appropriate than here to cite the old saying that we cannot let the perfect become the enemy of the good.
Read the rest of what the AJC Editorial Board has to say and read another view by Sam Olens, Georgia’s attorney general, and Rep. Jay Powell, who introduced HB 397 in the Georgia House. Then tell us what you think.