ATLANTA, GA (AP) - A state appeals court has sided with Georgia's legislature and affirmed lawmakers' ability to shield records from the public.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a Georgia Court of Appeals panel decided for the state, essentially saying records held by the legislature aren't subject to the state's Open Records Act.

The battle arose when a libertarian public-interest group - the Arlington, Virginia, based Institute for Justice - was denied records while researching how a 2012 law was created.

The group filed a lawsuit, which was tossed by a Fulton County judge in 2017. The judge cited a decades-old court ruling that the transparency law doesn't apply to Georgia's legislature.

The group appealed to the Court of Appeals, where two of three judges on the panel agreed with the lower court ruling.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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