State lawmakers will be back at the Capitol in two weeks to start the 2014 General Assembly session and advocates have already been working on their legislative agendas. “We are also expecting it to be a very fast session—gavel in, gavel out—and that just means we have to be ready to hit the ground running,” said Liz Coyle, deputy director of Georgia Watch, a consumer advocacy group.
The Cobb County Commission’s vote Tuesday to OK public funds for a new Atlanta Braves ballpark will mean higher taxes for businesses around the area where the stadium will be built. Longtime resistance to higher taxes in the county and in Georgia could mean public opposition to the project won’t end anytime soon.
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.
When Georgians visit Atlanta and stay overnight in a hotel, they spend a few cents on a new Falcons football stadium through a hotel-motel tax. One watchdog group says people shouldn’t have to spend any more money on a new stadium.
A watchdog group is launching an effort to place a ballot measure before Atlanta voters calling for the repeal of public financing for a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons. William Perry of Common Cause Georgia said Thursday it'll be a "monumental task" to get the 35,000 signatures needed to quality for the November ballot.
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.
Ethics Watchdog group Common Cause Director William Perry joined Georgia Tea Party Patriots and Georgia Conservatives in Action to encourage candidates to sign a pledge--- to limit lobbyist gifts to legislators to $100
One of the bills that didn’t survive the “crossover day deadline” at the Capitol, was an ethics bill to cap lobbyist spending. Senator McKoon, who helmed the bill has promised to work toward new ethics legislation for the next session.