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Government seems to be moving more and more toward privatizing certain functions like park management and even foster care. Does the public still have the same access to what would normally be considered public records when a private agency is involved vs. just the government?
Yes, the private entity is then subject to those laws requiring public access, according to Hollie Manheimer, executive director of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation.
“As more and more public agencies privatized, the first reference to privatization made it into the open government laws in 2001,” she said. “And then of course, the concept was strengthened even more in 2012.”
Georgia’s open records laws were updated in 2012.