Public officials laughed, snarled and stalled when asked to release documents under the Georgia Open Records Act, a new audit has found. Overall, the 2010 Georgia Student Sunshine Audit reports that public institutions did a better job this year handling requests for public records. Still, one in five university students were denied access to documents that clearly should be public, the audit reported. The most frequent withholders of records, the students said, were … universities.
Georgia law enforcement agencies looked somewhat less than law-abiding when student journalists asked for public records, the Georgia First Amendment Foundation reported this week. Authorities refused students’ requests, charged them excessive fees and grilled them on why they wanted the information. One sheriff complained to the president of Mercer University.