Bad news: Georgians just lost access to state archives

Embarrassing. Another first for Georgia.

In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Political Insider blog, Jim Galloway reports:

Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced this afternoon that, to meet a 3 percent ($732,626) budget cut ordered by Gov. Nathan Deal, he’ll be forced to cut off general public access to the state archives collection in Morrow, effective Nov. 1.

From Kemp:

”The decision to reduce public access to the historical records of this state was not arrived at without great consternation.  To my knowledge, Georgia will be the only state in the country that will not have a central location in which the public can visit to research and review the historical records of their government and state.”

Access to records will be available by appointment only, and even those may be restricted. Kemp says he’ll work to restore funding in the coming legislative session.

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