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Monday, September 24, 2012 - 5:00am

Savannah Nearly Violated Open Meetings Law

Updated: 2 years ago.
The Georgia attorney general's office has warned the Savannah city manager that the city narrowly avoided violating the state's open meetings law. Senior assistant attorney general Stefan Ritter wrote that there was an attempt to hold a City Council meeting in violation of the law, but the five council members who attended were never all in the room at the same time to make a quorum. (Photo Courtesy of Joe Gratz via Flickr.)

The Georgia attorney general's office has warned the Savannah city manager that the city narrowly avoided violating the state's open meetings law.

Senior assistant attorney general Stefan Ritter wrote that there was an attempt to hold a City Council meeting in violation of the law, but the five council members who attended were never all in the room at the same time to make a quorum. Ritter said the city could have been subject to fines if all five had been.

City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney said it was not really a meeting, but an opportunity for council members to view a videotape of a fight at Ellis Square. She said she joins the City Council in renewing the goal of becoming the most open government in Georgia.

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