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.
Mon., May 6, 2013 4:47am
Governor Deal is set to sign major legislation Monday morning at the State Capitol. He has just two days left to sign new bills into law. Two yet-unsigned measures involve ethics reform.
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.
Mon., February 25, 2013 6:00am
Lobbyists have spent less money on Georgia's state senators in the first month after a new rule imposed limits.
Wed., January 30, 2013 5:00pm
Some Georgia lobbyists say the gift ban bill proposed by the state House speaker unfairly paints their profession with a broad brush. On the heels of David Ralston filing the ethics reform bill Tuesday, many lobbyists are fighting back against the perception they’re up to no good at the Capitol. They say they’re merely trying to educate lawmakers about important issues they may not know much about.
Mon., January 21, 2013 6:00am
When residents want to influence state policy, they can call their Georgia lawmaker. When their local governments want influence, they hire a lobbyist.
Sat., January 12, 2013 2:00pm
Hundreds of people are expected to gather Sunday near the State House for the annual Wild Hog Supper and a chance to mingle with Georgia leaders.
Thu., December 27, 2012 4:03pm
State lawmakers will again try to pass an ethics reform bill in the upcoming legislative session. This time, with pressure from Tea Party groups and others, there’s a good chance a gift-cap will become law.
Mon., April 9, 2012 9:00am
Lobbyists spent almost $10,000 a day on gifts for Georgia lawmakers during the legislative session. An analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows lobbyists spent $866,747 on gifts for lawmakers between Jan. 1 and March 31.
Mon., April 25, 2011 7:42am
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.