People in Cobb County got their chance Monday to weigh in on the proposed new Atlanta Braves stadium in their backyards. Meanwhile, watchdogs and taxpayer groups are mobilizing to slow the process of approving public money for the project. Three Cobb County commissioners had separate town halls to gather public input ahead of a vote scheduled Tuesday evening. But one watchdog group is pushing for more: a public referendum.
The ethics watchdog group Common Cause Georgia is going outside of Metro Atlanta to raise concerns about a proposed Atlanta Falcons stadium. The football team and the city will pay to build the billion-dollar facility. But the state will own it.
Georgia lawmakers returned to the state Capitol Monday, and the Senate wasted no time in passing a gift cap as part of the chamber’s rules. It will bar lobbyists from spending more than $100 on any one Senator.
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.