A normally a quick and controversy free Friday at the Capitol was instead filled with fireworks as members of the Senate tried to make changes to a bill dealing with the state ethics commission. What started as a so–called "simple bill" became a political grudge match as Senate Democrats tried to make changes to the state's ethics policies. The bill clarified a provision lawmakers passed last year, which exempts local level politicians from reporting campaign contributions to the state if they total less than $2,500 dollars.
Congress passed a continuing resolution just under the wire Wednesday night to reopen the federal government and avoid default. Georgia's Representatives and Senators in Washington cast votes both for and against the bill.
House lawmakers have rejected a proposed change to the state constitution that would have given Georgia lawmakers the power to create special charter schools. The amendment failed 110-62 on Wednesday. It needed the support of two-thirds of legislators in the House of Representatives to pass.