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New commission?

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first_imgBy University of GeorgiaOn April 29, Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a bill to allow Georgia’s horticulture industry to hold a referendum to create a commodity commission for ornamental horticulture. Town hall-type meetings will be held across the state to give producers a chance to learn more about the program, the way it would operate and the people who would be elected to shape the program’s future. The meeting dates and locations are: June 9 – Sugar Hill Nurseries, 2122 Highway 341 South, Yatesville, Ga., 31097June 11 – Wakoola Water Gardens, 5235 Union Hill Rd, Cumming, Ga., 30040June 16 – Casa Mexico, 311 GA Hwy 49 North, Byron, Ga., 31008June 17 – Ag Center, 65 11th Avenue, NE, Cairo, Ga., 39828June 18 – ABAC, Horticulture Building, Tifton, Ga., 31793June 23 – Christ Church at Whitewater, 1577 Highway 85 South, Fayetteville, Ga., 30215June 30- Jasper Extension Office, 109 Depot Street, Jasper, Ga., 30143All producers of ornamental horticulture products are encouraged to attend, regardless of their operation’s size. Meetings will begin at 6 p.m. with a complementary cookout.For directions to the meetings or to learn more, go to the Web site www.gahortcommission.org.last_img read more

Long Island Open Records Report Card Sparks Policy Changes

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A year ago this week, the Long Island Press and the Press Club of Long Island co-published an unprecedented report card grading nearly 200 localities responsiveness to identical public records requests.The cumulative grade was a C. Since then, some municipalities and agencies that scored poorly made improvements in how they handle Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests, while others did not.“Suffolk County has reviewed software and is developing a FOIL request/response process for all county departments to access and use,” said a spokesman for the county, which scored a C+. “In addition, the county implemented a search query on the home page of its website in an effort to allow for easier navigation of the site and easier access to FOIL forms.”The report was released in time for Sunshine Week, an annual, national initiative highlighting the importance of access to public records.In Nassau, which got a D+, the former Presiding Officer of the county legislature, Norma Gonsalvez, led a review of the report card’s findings. The panel made one change as a result.“We added the link to the FOIL request to the sidebar on the county website to make it easier to find/access,” said Matthew Fernando, a legislative aide.Besides changes in policy, there has also been changes in administration since last year. Republican Ex-Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who got an F in the report and is currently on trial for alleged corruption, was replaced by Democrat Laura Curran, who promised to do better than her predecessor.“The Curran administration promises transparency, including the FOIL process,” said Curran’s spokesman. “The system is already being reviewed and improved by the county attorney’s office.”On the village level, Roslyn Harbor passed new FOIL rules shortly after it got an F. Island Park publicly vowed to improve its complete lack of responsiveness. Some, such as Baxter Estates, which did not have a FOIL policy last year, produced one in a sampling this winter. LI’s 97 villages got a cumulative grade of C in the report.But not all heeded the findings. The Village of Cedarhurst, which also got an F, now prominently placed FOIL rules on its website indicating that requests must be made in person at village hall—the type of prohibitive policies that make it more difficult for the public to access records and decreases government transparency.READ THE REPORT: Long Island Gets a ‘C’ in First-Ever Local Government Open Records Report Cardlast_img read more

Champions League action tonight

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first_imgCork City will be hoping to keep the pressure on leaders Dundalk when they host Galway United at Turners Cross.It’s 4th against 3rd at the Brandywell where Derry City take on Shamrock Rovers.And at Richmond Park it’s St. Patrick’s Athletic against Sligo Rovers.All of tonight’s games kick off at 7.45. Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester welcome Portugese giants FC Porto to the King Power Stadium, while Spurs are in Russia to face CSKA Moscow.The tie of the night is arguably in Germany where Borussia Dortmund host reigning champions Real Madrid.Four of the top five in the Airtricity League Premier Division take to the field tonight.last_img read more