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Juvenile Justice secrecy bill fizzles at sine die

March 29, 2013 --

March 29, 2013 — A bill to seal allegations of misconduct inside Georgia’s juvenile prisons remained stuck in committee when the Legislature adjourned last night. Senate Bill 69, sponsored by Jack Murphy and others, would have exempted reports of “abuses or wrongdoing in the juvenile justice system” from disclosure under the Georgia Open Records Act and authorized dismissal of whistleblowers leaking such allegations to the news media or advocacy groups.

Deal’s jobs program helps one more underemployed lawmaker

Deal's jobs program helps one more underemployed lawmaker
October 21, 2011 --

State Rep. Tim Bearden, previously known for collecting a $94,500 public paycheck with no contract or evidence of work, is Gov. Nathan Deal’s choice to run the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. If Bearden lands the job, he will have parlayed a razor-thin electoral victory seven years ago into a six-figure state salary plus benefits.

DeKalb spends $170K on bullying probe; written reports remain private

DeKalb spends $170K on bullying probe; written reports remain private
June 29, 2009 --

The DeKalb County school system has paid a retired judge $170,000 — and apparently plans to spend even more — to investigate bullying that’s said to have led to the suicide of a fifth-grader at Dunaire Elementary. But, whatever the school district may learn, its attorneys say the written findings are not subject to public […]

No written report in DeKalb’s $325-an-hour suicide inquiry

No written report in DeKalb's $325-an-hour suicide inquiry
May 22, 2009 --

DeKalb County school officials have no written record of the investigation that exonerates school employees in the April 16 suicide of a Dunaire Elementary fifth-grader. Retired judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore (right) said Wednesday that she found “no evidence of bullying” after interviewing dozens of teachers, parents and students at Dunaire. The mother of 11-year-old […]

Ethics budget takes 30% hit for 2009-10

Ethics budget takes 30% hit for 2009-10
April 3, 2009 --

The State Ethics Commission will lose about 30 percent of its current funding in the 2010 state budget passed Friday. The Georgia House and Senate compromised on a $1.2 million budget for the agency in negotiations on the last day of the 2009 legislative session. The House last week slashed spending on ethics enforcement to […]