Ehrhart should pull secrecy bill
February 25, 2014 04:00 AM | 1410 views | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Thursday’s MDJ reported that state Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs) claims that allowing salary information to be accessed by the public violates basic privacy laws. Therefore, he and Rep. John Carson (R-north Cobb) have co-sponsored a bill that would shield private firms and their contractors from the Georgia Open Records Act.

As an instructor at a public university and a former high school teacher, I have not been shielded from the Georgia Open Records Act, just as fire and crime fighters, school personnel and all supportive staff are subject to public scrutiny. All those who serve the public interest are subject to the Open Records Act.

Why should private firms be treated any differently? Just like employees of public agencies, they choose to conduct business with the government. If they don’t wish to conform to these requirements, they don’t have to do business with the government. It is a matter of choice!

Ehrhart and Carson should withdraw this bill and focus on matters that concern the people they are supposed to represent.

Ann Rich

Powder Springs

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SW Gal
February 25, 2014

Your comments are much appreciated. Our politicians and their cronies need to play by the same rules as the rest of us. We say NO to this proposed legislation. We are counting on our legislators to withdraw this bill. We want more transparency, not less.
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