There is no direct reference to a regional land bank authority.
[GA SB 284 -jsq]
allows for “Intergovernmental contract” defined as
“a contract as authorized pursuant to Article IX, Section III,
Paragraph I of the Constitution of GA and paragraph (5) of Code
Section 36-34-2 and entered into by counties, consolidated
governments, and municipal corporations pursuant to this article.”
Section 48-4-103 further lists that a land bank may be created by
two or more counties, which spells regional to me. Therefore
regional land bank authorities can be established if this bill is
The bill also allows for public/private partnerships which co-mingle
government and private enterprise. Under Section 48-4-106 which
enumerates the powers of a land bank, Lines 307 – 315 state
Mara S. Register, Assistant to the City Manager
Post Office Box 1125
216 E. Central Avenue
Valdosta, Georgia 31603
Burke Sherwood, Frank Morman, James Wright, Joyce Evans,
Now we know.
How hard would it be for the City of Valdosta or the County of Lowndes
to keep such information on their own web pages?
They could include pictures better than the ones I found lying about on the web.
Maybe even add agendas and minutes while they’re at it?
You know my main argument against the private prison is I don’t like
public/private partnerships and the sweetheart deals they encourage.
Also, when I requested CCA to provide me with information that
supports private prisons so I could research both sides they did not
respond. This led me to believe they have no concern for community
opinion even when citizens are open minded and seeking honest
information. They seem to prefer back room deals with local
politicians that escape community detection unless citizens are
aggressively observant like LAKE members.
However, we are not on the same page about what I consider
simplistic solutions for reducing the prison population. Education
and good drug treatment programs are definitely positives, but they
are not the silver bullet liberals proclaim them to be. Criminals
evolve from complex heredity and environmental mediums that don’t
magically dissolve via education or intervention protocols.
Certainly these are to be encouraged because they do help some, but
they will never totally replace the need for legal intervention and
penal institutions. In addition to educational and medical
institutions not being a magical replacement solution for crime,
these very institutions often encourage crony capitalism corruption,
which we agree to be a non-partisan enemy.
In summary, I support our criminal justice system which includes
prisons, but I do not support any mixing of government and business.
Public/private partnerships are crony capitalism playgrounds that
undermine free enterprise and citizen control. Unfortunately our
trusted elected legislators have already filled our GA Codes and
State Constitution with government consolidation and multi county
regional partnership initiatives. At present, they are pushing
SB 284, already passed by the senate, and in the house, which will
further enhance Land Bank Authority powers and partnerships. As
citizens we all need to remember that increasing unelected
bureaucratic authorities equals minimized citizen control. We also
need to ask our local, state and federal elected representatives why
they are listening to special interest groups that encourage
authorities and public/private partnerships instead of protecting
-Barbara Stratton Commenter
We don’t have to agree on every point to oppose (private prison) or
support (government transparency) the same things.
Indeed, there will always be criminals, but we don’t need to lock up
more than any other country on the planet.
The big change in the environment that has produced seven times
more criminals now than in the 1960s is the War on Drugs.
Time to end that failed experiment in prohibition.
Meanwhile, indeed crony capitalism corruption is our non-partisan enemy.
Today the Georgia Senate Rules Committee votes on
Sen. Tim Golden’s SB 284 “Georgia Land Bank Act; governing
creation/operation of land banks; provision”.
Received 24 February 2012. -jsq
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.
Is gently orienting the Land Bank Authority to Sunshine Law
compliance going to be a joint LAKE transparancy in government
venture or am I riding solo? Since their purpose is to acquire,
transfer, divest, etc. land for the common good, real time exposure
of this public good should be welcomed. I’m sure it is just an
oversight that to date I have never seen a posted meeting date and
the city web site has never listed anything but “occasionally” for a
meeting schedule. Perhaps they think citizens would be bored and not
interested in their meetings and we just need to let them know we
are interested. Currently I’m interested in the construction for
Dupont on St. Augustine.
Also we need to keep watch to make sure SB 284, which would
legislate the formation of a regional land bank with greatly
enhanced acquisition powers, does not rise from the 2011 session
ashes. If getting information from the local land bank authority is
so difficult, can you imagine trying to keep up with a regional
entity and all the creative land deal possibilities.
It’s an hours in the day issue.
if you want to spearhead this issue, please lead.
As you know, LAKE as an organization rarely takes
a position on anything.
Most topics are pursued by one or two or more individuals
and almost all posts are the opinions of the poster,
unless otherwise indicated by “for LAKE”.
You seem to be the kernel of a syndicate of initiative on this one.