A citizen’s committee needs to be formed to keep an eye on the Land Bank Authority because they seem to think they are exempt from state Sunshine Law rules. In addition Sen. Golden has a bill SB 284 introduced into the state senate that will allow the establishment of regional land bank authorities. We citizens never consented to all this regional government that is being forced on us. If we can’t keep up with what the local land bank authority is doing just imagine what a regional land bank authority will be able to accomplish with zero public knowledge and input. This is one of the most dangerous pseudo-government entities ever and it needs to be addressed from the citizen level immediately. I applied for a citizen vacancy on the Land Bank Authority, but of course those positions are reserved for politically supportive individuals. Per the sunshine laws, which Sam Olens has sworn allegiance to, a citizen review committee would have to be advised of the meetings that are currently never publicized.SB 284 already passed Monday a week ago in the Senate Finance Committee, according to Nelson Mullins, Gold Dome Report – 2-27-2012,
The second Bill on the agenda was SB 284 by Sen. Tim Golden (R-Valdosta). This Bill would provide for provisions governing the creation and operation of land banks on and after July 1, 2011. Sen. Golden spoke of the importance of updating land bank law. The last time the law had been overhauled was more than 20 years ago. SB 284 passed unanimously.According to Nelson Mullins, Gold Dome Report – 2-29-2012,
Senate Rules Committee:Yep, that’s today, March 5th; here’s the Senate Rules calendar for today. Here’s the text of SB 284.
On the Senate Floor for Legislative Day 29, the following Bills will be heard:
SB 284 – Georgia Land Bank Act; governing creation/operation of land banks; provision (Substitute) (FIN-8th)
I don’t see the part about regional land banks, but I do see this, which I don’t like:
(7) To borrow money to further or carry out its public purpose and to execute notes, other obligations, leases, trust indentures, trust agreements, agreements for the sale of its notes or other obligations, loan agreements, mortgages, deeds to secure debt, trust deeds, security agreements, assignments, and such other agreements or instruments as may be necessary or desirable, in the judgment of the land bank, to evidence and to provide security for such borrowing;Just what we need: another unelected “authority” issuing bonds that we the taxpayers have to pay for. In this case, an authority with no website, no meeting schedule, and no public agendas or minutes.
(8) To issue notes or other obligations of the land bank and use the proceeds thereof for the purpose of paying all or any part of the cost of any land bank projects and otherwise to further or carry out the public purpose of the land bank and to pay all costs of the land bank incidental to, or necessary and appropriate to, furthering or carrying out such purpose;