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.
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.
State lawmakers will again try to pass an ethics reform bill in the upcoming legislative session. This time, with pressure from Tea Party groups and others, there’s a good chance a gift-cap will become law.
A state senator from Columbus says he’ll call for changing how Georgia funds an ethics commission in the upcoming legislative session. Sen. Joshua McKoon says that would probably require a constitutional amendment, which needs a two-thirds vote in each chamber of the legislature to pass before going to the voters for approval.