Quotes Davide E. Hudson in Article “Officials Hold Closed Vote in Meeting”

In the article, “Officials Hold Closed Vote in Meeting,” Hull Barrett attorney David E. Hudson weighs in on a closed meeting by Covington City Council, Board of Commissioners and Industrial Development Authority regarding land acquisition. During the session a vote took place to direct attorneys to draft a letter to make an offer to purchase land for expansion or relocation.Mr. Hudson reported that due to decision last year the Georgia Court of Appeals held that “real estate acquisition votes could be taken in a closed meeting.” Mr. Hudson also stated that the vote is still allowed to take place in closed session based on the 2010 case of Johnson vs. Bibb County Board of Commissioners, in which the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled that Bibb County officials did not violate the Open Meetings Act by voting to purchase property to build a new courthouse during executive session.
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