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Presence of mayor's aide at closed-door meetings questioned

...mayor signs an affidavit stating the closed-door discussion did not deviate from topics privileged under Georgia open meetings laws.MacKenzie has provided no "legal, clear guidelines" about who can be present at such meetings, Wil liams said...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-07-17/presence-mayors-aide-clo
Now batting: The private sector

...input.Donohue prevailed on the transparency issue ? the high court significantly found the city did violate open-meetings laws ? but he lost on the larger issue, with the court ruling 5-0 that the city's Tax Increment Financing District...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2015-06-28/now-batting-private-s
S.C. Supreme Court upholds validity of ordinance allowing North Augusta to finance the new GreenJackets stadium

...development for the Augusta GreenJackets.The court determined, however, that North Augusta officials violated open-meetings laws by failing to announce the specific purpose of closed-door meetings they held to discuss the development.The...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-06-17/sc-supreme-court-upholds
Commission delays action on demolition of historic buildings as Urban Redevelopment Agency joins fight

...alternative 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...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-05-05/commission-delays-action
Commissioner's shot at basketball goals blocked in committee

...relate to potential litigation." Georgia requires a real threat of litigation for a matter to be excepted from open meetings laws.MacKenzie said the city had received no notice of pending or potential litigation related to Humphrey by Tuesday...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-04-14/commissioners-shot-baske
Commission abandons plans to audit Hyde Park project, Housing and Community Development Department

...three hours behind closed doors, and citing the real estate, personnel and litigation exception to Georgia's open meeting laws, the commission emerged to nix the audit altogether. Only Commissioner Marion Williams, who pushed to include...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-12-08/commission-abandons-plan
'Hap' Harris named interim Augusta commissioner

...Press Association attorney David Hudson said such a closed-door discussion would be a blatant violation of Georgia open meetings laws.Instead, the commission engaged in no public discussion about the appointment, electing Harris prior to convening...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-09-29/hap-harris-named-interim
Commissioners likely to move ahead on District 7 appointment despite neighborhood group's complaints

...Lockett said he hoped Monday's appointment comes following a closed-door commissioner discussion permitted under open meetings laws by the "personnel" exception."I would hope that we would go into legal about this, and when we come out we will...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-09-25/commissioners-likely-mov
For the people, not without the people

...plan's last-minute inclusion on the Columbia County Commission agenda adhered to the letter of the state's open-meetings law. But in no way was it within the spirit of the law, which strives to make government business as transparent as...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2014-10-21/people-not-without-pe
Quorum of BOE members turns brainstorming event into illegal meeting

A meeting of elected officials held Thursday to discuss how to improve Augusta's image broke the state's open meetings law after a quorum of Board of Education members showed up without having invited the public.Board of Education President...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-04-04/quorum-boe-members-turns