Sen. Frank Ginn is one of the co-signers on a bill that would close all records and meetings of local governments when discussing an “economic development project.”
SB159 was introduced this week. If passed, the bill would allow local governments to negotiate in secret with individuals or companies, giving tax breaks or making other commitments outside public oversight. It would also allow chambers of commerce and economic development councils that received a third of their funding from government to also deal in secret with such projects.
Sen. Ginn said Wednesday that he signed on the bill after being asked to support it by people in the economic development community.
“I had several people in economic development, such as Barrow County’s Linda Moore, call and ask me to support it,” Sen. Ginn said. “If it will help get jobs back into the community, I support it.”