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Lawmakers Get Free Luxury-Box Tickets

Updated: 2 years ago.
State records show that Georgia lawmakers have been given thousands of dollars in tickets so they could watch football games, pro wrestling matches and monster truck races from a luxury box. The Georgia World Congress Center gave away the tickets, and that some of the recipients are on a little-known legislative committee that oversees the state authority. (Photo Courtesy of Georgia World Congress Center.)

State records show that Georgia lawmakers have been given thousands of dollars in tickets so they could watch football games, pro wrestling matches and monster truck races from a luxury box.

A review of lobbying records by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that the Georgia World Congress Center gave away the tickets, and that some of the recipients are on a little-known legislative committee that oversees the state authority.

The Georgia World Congress Center is seeking to boost its borrowing limit as part of a deal to build a $1 billion retractable-roof stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.

Republican state Rep. Jimmy Pruett of Eastman, a member of the committee overseeing the World Congress Center, said a ticket to a Falcons game "does not affect my opinion one way or another."

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