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Barbara Stratton

I commend the VDT for its persistence in pursuing requests for information on many subjects. However, as John mentioned some subjects such as CUEE don't seem to elicit the same due diligence in pursuing true facts. The VDT continues to support CUEE agendas even though it has been well established that the CUEE committee did not follow true priority of law when it ignored the 1983 GA constitutional law requiring all involved systems in a consolidation action be allowed to vote. CUEE still persists in following a 1926 statute that says only city voters are allowed to vote & the VDT continues to support their efforts. It seems to me a failure to acurately report all facts exists for both the CUEE committee members & the VDT staff. Since a costly voter referendum action has been activated & supported by both entities in spite of & in the face of priority of law objections it is my opinion a crime or crimes have been perpetuated upon the citizens of Lowndes Co. & a Grand Jury investigation should be convened to address these criminal actions.

Susan Leavens

"You won’t receive an open-records request if you answer questions honestly and in accordance with the law." What an honest statement; prehaps some of this too.
GEORGIA CONSTITION SECTION II.
HOME RULE FOR COUNTIES AND MUNICIPALITIES

Paragraph
(c) The power granted to counties in subparagraphs (a) and (b) above shall not be construed to extend to the following matters or any other matters which the General Assembly by general law has preempted or may hereafter preempt, but such matters shall be the subject of general law or the subject of local acts of the General Assembly to the extent that the enactment of such local acts is otherwise permitted under this Constitution:
(1) Action affecting any elective county office, the salaries thereof, or the personnel
thereof, except the personnel subject to the jurisdiction of the county governing
authority.
(2) Action affecting the composition, form, procedure for election or appointment,
compensation, and expenses and allowances in the nature of compensation of the
county governing authority.
(3) Action defining any criminal offense or providing for criminal punishment.

An Outsider Looking In

State Atty General Sam Olens said he was going to get the fines for Ga. Open Records violations up'd from a mere 100 dollars to 500 dollars. I think he is a big govt. transparency advocate.

With that said - the Ga. Open Records Act -and Meetings Act - were probably intially created due TO corrupt officials.

Here in the south, as we all know - it's called the "good ole boy system". And it's in most small, rural counties - and even the bigger ones, although the closer you get to Atlanta, (and the bigger risk of media coverage) the more "under the table" they try to keep things.

I would imagine that the corrupt persons in Lowndes Co., being so far south, are very open about it - sort of tossing it into the taxpaying resident's faces.

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