The state ethics commission has delayed ruling on several complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal, whose attorney is seeking guidance from the agency to resolve two of the issues. The Georgia Government and Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission met Friday and was expected to resolve five complaints against Deal, including three dating back to 2010 filed during the gubernatorial election.
The commissions that oversee the ethics of elected state legislators and judges are getting help with future investigations. That will come from a new unit inside Georgia’s office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This new squad will specifically focus on ethics cases of elected judges and legislators.
The vice chairman of the state ethics commission has resigned, saying he's considering a run for the state Senate. Josh Belinfante said Friday he submitted his resignation to Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this week.
The state’s ethics commission unveiled a plan Friday to overhaul the way it operates. Commissioners said they want to contract with a private attorney to handle regulatory and compliance questions from candidates, officials and the public. The commission also would hire a second auditor and the two would handle complaints and investigations, with legal help from the state attorney general’s office.
The chairman of Georgia's ethics commission says he won't resign. A complaint was filed alleging Patrick Millsaps is illegally serving on the commission, citing state law which says that members of the panel may not serve more than one complete term.
State ethics commission leaders are planning a major reorganization of the agency aimed at helping it operate more efficiently under a tighter budget. Commission Chairman Patrick Millsaps and Vice Chairman Josh Belinfante told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that they plan to present the changes at an August 5th commission meeting. The changes include farming out some duties to a private attorney, hiring a new auditor and leaning more on the state attorney general for investigative help.
The top staffer of the state ethics commission is resigning after the panel voted to slash her salary. The five-member panel on Friday voted to cut Executive Secretary Stacey Kalberman's salary to no more than $85,000 and eliminate the No. 2 position at the agency, which deals with campaign finance complaints.
The state ethics commission says, lobbyists can spend undisclosed sums of money on most state employees.The decision Tuesday comes after high-speed rail advocates sent Georgia's House Speaker, his family and staff to Europe last year.