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S.C. Supreme Court questions public meeting laws during Project Jackson hearing

...North Augusta's use of public meeting laws during its proceedings to approve an amended...claimed the city violated public meeting laws when the council entered executive session...Kittredge said interpreting the state's TIF law in that way requires municipalities to...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-05-05/sc-supreme-court-questions-p
SC lawmakers look at public record change

...records requests are denied.A Senate subcommittee listened Wednesday to testimony on a bill overhauling state public record laws. The proposal passed the House and would clarify how quickly governments must respond to requests. It also would prevent them...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-05-06/sc-lawmakers-look-public
Georgia child welfare reform legislation establishing child abuse registry signed into law

...Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday signed into law a bill aimed at streamlining Georgia's...agencies and foster parents.Deal said the law codifies an executive order giving Bobby...medical and educational records.Also, the law re-establishes the Child Abuse Registry...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-05-05/georgia-child-welfare-re
State agency will fine for illegal digging

...three-dozen or so companiesthat are all guilty of violating the laws protecting underground pipes and wires belonging to public utilities...hours when contacted by phone, online or smartphone app. The law requires contractors ? and homeowners ? "call before you...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-05-05/state-agency-will-fine-illeg
Grovetown man arrested for car break-ins, resisting arrest

A Grovetown man was arrested early Tuesday and charged with entering vehicles and obstructing a law enforcement officer.Aaron Lee Baker, 29, of Summerfield Circle, was seen by multiple witnesses breaking into cars on the 1100...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-05-06/grovetown-man-arrested
Los Angeles sues Wells Fargo, alleging fraud by employees

...damaged their credit.The civil complaint was filed Monday under a law that allows attorneys representing large California cities to...It contends Wells Fargo employees violated state and federal laws by misusing confidential information and failing to notify customers...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-05/los-angeles-sues-wells-far
Commission delays action on demolition of historic buildings as Urban Redevelopment Agency joins fight

...plans, said "We're still working on that" but wouldn't comment further, citing an exception to Georgia open meetings laws for discussions of the sale or acquisition of property.The code amendment discussion now moves to the next meeting of the city's...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-05-05/commission-delays-action
Missing man's body found in lake

...Springs beach area, according to Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison.The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division was called to the Silver Lakes area at about 11 p.m. Saturday after three people said they were bow fishing...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-05-05/missing-mans-body-found-lake
Pipeline hearing set for Thursday in Waynesboro

...through eminent domain if it is granted state approval.State law requires pipeline companies first obtain a certificate of need...consideration before making a decision by the May 19 deadline.Georgia law provides DOT 90 days from the initial date of application to...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-05-05/pipeline-hearing-set-thursda
Georgia legalizes fireworks sales

...said Georgia lost money because of its ban.Fireworks have been legally sold for years in all neighboring states except North Carolina. The new law prohibits the possession of fireworks in school zones, at school functions or on school buses.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-05-05/georgia-legalizes-fireworks-