The agreement came after Balfour and his attorney had a private meeting Thursday with the Senate Ethics Committee. The deal means Balfour will not face a public hearing on the accusations ahead of the general election in November.
There is “substantial cause” to believe State Senator Don Balfour of Snelville violated Senate rules regarding travel and per-diem payments. The Senate Ethics Committee ruling that may lead to a settlement.
Two of Georgia’s most powerful politicians are pledging to co-sponsor an ethics bill to limit lobbyist gifts to lawmakers to $100. It’s a change of heart for the Republicans who have been part of the Senate majority against the gift cap.
Republicans in the state Senate are meeting today outside of Atlanta to discuss leadership issues. Senator Don Balfour of Snelling said the caucus would be meeting for much of today to discuss the issues.
A review of records by The Associated Press shows lobbyists poured close to $1 million into meals, drinks, tickets and gifts for state legislators and bureaucrats during this year's legislative session.