Three Republicans will decide whether to suspend state Senator Don Balfour who’s facing fraud charges. The panel will suspend Balfour if the charges compromise his ability to serve the public interest.
Ethics reformers are applauding the indictment of State Senator Don Balfour on allegations he illegally claimed travel expenses. But experts say it won’t be easy proving Balfour knowingly misappropriated state funds.
Attorney General Sam Olens must now decide whether to pursue charges against a state senator who illegally claimed expense pay. Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead said agents turned over their investigative file on state Sen. Don Balfour to Olens' office on Dec. 14. Prosecutors must decide whether to seek criminal charges against the Snellville Republican.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has started a probe into whether state Sen. Don Balfour committed any crimes when he illegally claimed official expense pay. GBI spokesman John Bankhead said the agency opened its investigation after receiving a request from Attorney General Sam Olens on Aug. 22.
The state Senate Ethics Committee will move forward with a complaint against the chamber's third most powerful lawmaker after concluding "substantial cause exists" that he violated the Senate's per diem policy.
Ethics will be a hot topic for the heavy hitters at the annual Georgia GOP convention in Columbus this weekend. Party leaders will decide whether voters should see an ethics question on the ballot in July.