Breaking down the Georgia Open Meetings Act

Published: Dec. 4, 2017 at 2:11 PM EST
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Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A complaint has been lodged against Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority and Attorney J. Edward Enoch for a closed-door meeting regarding the relocation of the James Brown Arena as a violation of the Georgia Open Meetings Act.

But what is the Georgia Open Meetings Act?

According to Georgia law, all meetings (except otherwise provided by law) should be open to the public and all votes at any meeting should be made public.

The act further states the following:

Georgia law allows people to contest a resolution, rule, regulation, ordinance or formal action made in a closed-door meeting that violates this act within 90 days of the action taken or within 90 days the complainant knew or should have known about the alleged violation. The issue can not be taken up and contested after six months.