Facing tea party opposition, Governor Nathan Deal has abandoned for now plans to shift a public vote on a one penny transportation tax hike until the November 2012 general election. By late Wednesday legislative leaders said they hadn't yet reached a deal.
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.
House Speaker David Ralston has paid about $1,300 in late taxes due on a property owned by his wife. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Monday that Ralston paid the bill last week after the newspaper contacted him about the outstanding bill. Ralston spokesman Marshall Guest called the late payment an oversight.
A review of records by The Associated Press shows lobbyists poured close to $1 million into meals, drinks, tickets and gifts for state legislators and bureaucrats during this year's legislative session.