New Georgia coach Kirby Smart just recently made his required stop in the state legislature to shake a few hands and to kiss a few babies. Every football coach does this because, at the end of the day, the guys and women in this body control the purse strings that assist the good old state university.
Now while Smart was going to under the Gold Dome (which is what we call the State Capitol structure in Atlanta), some of these politicians being political leaders asked the new coach if there was anything they might do to help his efforts to obtain the Bulldogs back on top of the SEC. They wished to know how things were various in the state of Alabama, where he was formerly used and where they have actually had quite a bit of success in football. He kept in mind that the state`s open records law needs all federal government agents in Georgia to react within 3 days to an open records request. Alabama`s open records law is more open ended and needs a reasonable quantity of time to respond to such a demand.
Before you can state Roll Tide, the Georgia legislature, late at night on March 22, passed a law that the athletic departments at state universities will have 90 days that`s 3 months, children and girls to react to an open records demand.
Among the politicians, Georgia graduate Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, who promoted this 11th-hour law, said aloud to the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph that the new law allows us to play on the same field as Alabama and everyone else.
The Telegraph likewise reported that when the bill was passed, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said, I hope it brings us a national championship. That`s what I hope.
Where to begin?
How about this: Are you $% ^ & * kidding me?
Open records laws are among the bedrock concepts that ensure responsibility from chosen authorities and state organizations. An athletic department of the state s flagship university, by meaning, is a state institution.
Open records laws are among the couple of tools a complimentary society needs to fight corruption and to work as a guard dog over public money.
And now we have politicians who are basically altering the law because they want Georgia s football program to be on the same playing field as Alabama?
Is that what you re informing me?
First off, I weren’t blaming Kirby Smart for this. He was asked the question by the politicians and he reacted. People I`ve spoken to state he didn`t lobby for this. He met with the media after practice on Tuesday and immediately starting backing away from it.