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Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 6:00am

McKoon Calls For Dedicated Ethics Funding

Georgia voters could elect to give the state's official ethics watchdog dedicated funding under a proposal from a state senator.

Sen. Joshua McKoon of Columbus has proposed changing the state constitution so Georgia's ethics commission would get less than 1 percent of total state funds. The Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission is funded by a fluctuating budget approved by state lawmakers. It's been hamstrung by a lack of staff and resources.

The Republican lawmaker also proposed amending the state constitution so the attorney general can convene grand juries to investigate public corruption.

Those amendments would need a two-thirds vote in each chamber of the General Assembly to pass. They would then require the approval of Georgia's voters.