Gov. Nathan Deal suspended state Senator Don Balfour on Wednesday following his criminal indictment in September. Deal’s decision came at the recommendation of three fellow Republicans he appointed to sift through the charges. Balfour, a Snellville Republican, faces charges he illegally claimed reimbursements when he wasn't on official state duty. In a hearing Wednesday, Balfour’s attorney, Ken Hodges, argued the expense report errors were inadvertent. And he said a state Senate ethics committee has already determined just that.