State Senator Jeff Mullis (R- Chickamauga) is scaling back a bill that would allow governments to conduct certain negotiations on economic development deals without public input or scrutiny.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution said that the measure would have allowed economic development secrets – tax incentives, rezoning deals, etc. – to be kept wholly secret from the public until a deal with a private entity is sealed – and it would have applied to cities, school boards, and local development authorities. Mullis and other advocates say the bill is needed to shield information from competing states
After several major newspapers across the state ran opinion articles critical of the measure, Senator Mullis has dropped cities, counties and school boards from the bill. A hearing was held yesterday evening in Atlanta on the bill. Mullis sponsored a similar bill six years ago in the Georgia Senate that failed to pass.