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Gov. Deal signs open records law, touts successes
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ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law a sweeping overhaul of the state's open records rules, touting the bill as among several legislative successes from this year's General Assembly.

Attorney General Sam Olens, who supported the bill, also attended the signing after Deal spoke to the Atlanta Press Club. The measure makes obtaining public documents cheaper, the window of public scrutiny for university presidential candidates shorter and penalties for illegally withholding public information stiffer.

Deal, now in his second year in office, says the Legislature was focused on making the state more business-friendly and getting Georgians back to work. He cited tax and criminal justice reform as historic achievements, reiterated his support for the passage of the transportation tax referendum this summer and urged renewed commitment to improving K-12 education.

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