Mon., May 6, 2013 4:00pm
On Monday, Gov. Nathan Deal took a step toward reining in lobbyists’ influence on lawmakers by signing a gift cap into law. But one expert and former lawmaker says that’s not the point of a gift cap.
Wed., April 3, 2013 3:42pm
State lawmakers are already saying next year they may need to tighten loopholes in an ethics bill they passed last week.
Fri., March 29, 2013 4:40pm
A last-minute push in Georgia to impose a cap on lobbyist spending may have opened the door to new complications. Legislation approved Thursday by the General Assembly would generally prevent lobbyists from more than $75 at a time on public officials, including state lawmakers. Right now, lobbyists can spend as much as they want as long as they disclose that spending. However, it remains unclear how firm that spending cap will be.
Fri., March 29, 2013 1:00am
Governor Nathan Deal will soon begin the process of signing bills into law. The Georgia General Assembly adjourned shortly after midnight Thursday for the year. Lawmakers finished their session after midnight following a whirlwind final day that included passing a $41 billion budget for state government.
Thu., March 28, 2013 10:55pm
Georgia legislators have OK’d a historic gift cap on the last day of the legislative session to rein in lobbyists’ influence. Critics say it has too many loopholes but all parties say it has already changed the political culture at the Gold Dome.
Thu., March 28, 2013 7:48pm
Today is the last day of the 2013 legislative session, and state lawmakers are busy passing bills before the midnight deadline.
Wed., March 27, 2013 4:06pm
Georgia lawmakers will wrap up the 2013 session Thursday, but they have several major pieces of legislation to pass before celebrating Sine Die.
Thu., March 21, 2013 12:22pm
Thursday morning Senator Jeff Mullis, Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, presented his substitute to the House ethics bill in front of that committee. Mullis, a Republican from Chickamauga, made drastic changes. His version rewrites the legislation to include a $100 gift cap, which the Senate passed early in the legislative session.
Thu., March 21, 2013 10:02am
Lawmakers in the Georgia Senate are expected to publicly release their version of proposed limits on lobbyist expenditures. The Senate Rules Committee planned to meet Thursday to discuss its proposed legislation.
Mon., March 18, 2013 5:00am
Georgia lawmakers face a looming deadline to decide whether to limit spending by lobbyists.