Georgia Watch filed an
amicus brief on September 20th
in support of the Petition for Writ of Certiorari in
Smith v. Northside
, a case pending before the Georgia Supreme Court. At issue is whether certain documents related to Northside's acquisition of four privately-owned physician practices should be available to the public under the Georgia Open Records Act.
"Georgia citizens have enjoyed access and transparency with regard to nonprofit organizations in lease agreements with hospital authorities for more than 20 years. This case threatens to erode that access," said Beth Stephens of Georgia Watch. "The outcome in this case also has broader implications for the multitude of private companies conducting public business in similar contract arrangements."