House Rules Chairman Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs) was shocked to find that he might have to pay more than $1,000 for e-mails he requested from the Office of Planning and Budget and other state agencies that discuss potential transfers of money in the state budget.
Perhaps Chairman Ehrhart’s request was broad, however if the Legislature doesn’t have the ability to conduct oversight of the operation of the government, who does?
And does the General Assembly not have subpoena powers like the US Congress? Does that only apply to committees? When they are in session?
Updated to add: Chairman Ehrhart chimed into the comments to say: “The other 5 agencies I requested the budget records from seemed to have no problems collecting the data I requested and were very cordial and helpful.” Something left out by AJC article.