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Georgia Residents on Closed Airport Meetings: This Won’t Fly

The residents accuse the Paulding County Airport Authorty of violating Georgia’s 2012 open meetings act, which places restrictions on holding sessions that are closed off to the public.

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A group of Paulding County residents are accusing public officials of holding closed-session meetings to discuss creating another commercial airport in metro Atlanta, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The residents accuse the Paulding County Airport Authority of violating Georgia’s 2012 open meetings act, which places restrictions on holding sessions that are closed to the public. 

In a lawsuit filed this week in Paulding County Superior Court, the group claims that the airport authority failed to give advanced public notice regarding a two-day retreat in which the commercialization of the airport was discussed. 

Speaking to AJC.com, Airport Director Blake Swafford noted that the authority board has made changes in the way it operates and will consider additional changes if they’re needed. 

JB April 11, 2014 at 06:13 PM
Six residents. Who stand to win only $1,000 each. Exactly how are they paying for this high priced attorney?
Brian April 14, 2014 at 07:40 PM
JB: If Paulding County loses or settles, it'll almost certainly need to cover the legal fees as well. That's pretty standard.
Brian April 14, 2014 at 07:42 PM
What's funny (or sad) is they could have simply avoid a quorum like many other governments do in order to skirt the law. The law needs to be changed to eliminate the loopholes.

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