Supreme Court rules in favor of Cardinale, Open Meetings

The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled 4-3 in favor of Matthew Cardinale, editor of Atlanta Progressive News, in his suit against the Atlanta City Council.

We hold that in view of the General Assembly’s intent, the correct reading of OCGA § 50-14-1 (e) (2), and the one that is most natural and reasonable, is that, having first mandated that meeting minutes include a “record of all votes,” the subsection then sets forth alternative requirements for accurately recording individuals’ votes in the case of both roll-call and non-roll-call votes. In the case of a non-roll-call vote, the minutes must list the names of those voting against a proposal or abstaining. If no such names are listed, the public may correctly presume that the vote was unanimous. If such names are listed, a member of the public need only look at the list of voting officials in attendance at the meeting to determine who voted for a proposal.

4 comments

  1. CobbGOPer says:

    So I forget, Todd, is this good or bad? Sounds good, but I seem to recall you were having a spat or something with Cardinale? Or am I just suffering early Alzheimer’s? Wait, where am I?

  2. Todd Rehm says:

    I’m friends with Matthew Cardinale, and I think he did an excellent job here. Don’t know what you’re talking about, CobbGOPer, and I’m not on your lawn.

  3. Rick Day says:

    Meanwhile In Georgia, hundreds of pre-law students are shifting to paralegal studies.

    Too bad he didn’t get the criminal charge request upheld. That would have made some interesting political payback, especially to Councilmember Wan, our leader in unconstitutional procedurals.

    *grimace* Should be an easy attack issue for his upcoming opponent to use in the new District 6.

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