Mon., May 6, 2013 4:00pm
On Monday, Gov. Nathan Deal took a step toward reining in lobbyists’ influence on lawmakers by signing a gift cap into law. But one expert and former lawmaker says that’s not the point of a gift cap.
Mon., March 18, 2013 4:00pm
Georgia lawmakers will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a bill aimed at limiting lobbyists’ influence at the state Capitol. Some of the bill’s critics say it would also curtail citizen participation in politics.
Tue., February 26, 2013 5:00pm
State House Speaker David Ralston says the ethics reform bill passed this week by his chamber is a historic step toward limiting lobbyists’ influence at the Capitol. Speaking at the Atlanta Press Club Tuesday, he defended some of the bill’s more controversial provisions.
Wed., January 30, 2013 5:00pm
Some Georgia lobbyists say the gift ban bill proposed by the state House speaker unfairly paints their profession with a broad brush. On the heels of David Ralston filing the ethics reform bill Tuesday, many lobbyists are fighting back against the perception they’re up to no good at the Capitol. They say they’re merely trying to educate lawmakers about important issues they may not know much about.
Tue., January 29, 2013 5:00pm
One of Georgia’s most powerful lawmakers proposed Tuesday a total ban on gifts from lobbyists to elected officials. The move represents a turnaround for House Speaker David Ralston, and watchdog groups say it could finally begin a frank discussion about ethics in Georgia.
Tue., January 29, 2013 8:27am
House Speaker David Ralston of Blue Ridge plans to introduce legislation Tuesday calling for a total prohibition on what lobbyists can spend while trying to influence legislators. Right now, lobbyists can give as many gifts as they like if they disclose their spending on lawmakers.
Mon., January 28, 2013 10:02am
There's been a lot of talk about gun laws since a shooter killed 20 children at a Connecticut elementary school in December. So far in the Georgia Capitol, there's been little action.
Wed., August 29, 2012 8:30am
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner plans to attend a breakfast for Georgia Republicans at the GOP convention in Florida. Georgia House Speaker David Ralston said that Boehner has agreed to appear.
Thu., July 12, 2012 10:00am
House Speaker David Ralston said he and Gov. Nathan Deal will introduce legislation to lower the legal alcohol limit for boaters after wrecks on Lake Lanier have raised concerns about safety.
Fri., March 30, 2012 4:47pm
House Speaker David Ralston gaveled out the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly Thursday at midnight. State lawmakers tackled some thorny issues this session, including tax reform. But the volume of bills was much lower than last year, as many lawmakers were eager to finish up early so they could hit the campaign trail.