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Ga. House panel OKs Speaker Ralston ethics package

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posted on Mar, 26 2010 @ 05:12 AM
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Ga. House panel OKs Speaker Ralston ethics package


www.businessweek.com

The bill would establish an abuse of power provision for state legislators. It would ban lobbyists from initiating e-mail contact with lawmakers while the elected officials are in committee or debating bills.

Lobbyists would be required to make more frequent reports on what they spend entertaining lawmakers -- every 15 days during the legislative session and every 30 days during the rest of the year. It would stiffen the penalties for bribery in Georgia and boost penalties for officials who file campaign and personal financial disclosures late.
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[edit on 26-3-2010 by TheAssociate]




posted on Mar, 26 2010 @ 05:12 AM
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The bill would also impose a $300 registration fee on paid lobbyists.

(from the above linked article)

Now this is a step in the right direction. It's great to see at least one state stand up to lobbyists and tell lawmakers that they will no longer be allowed to be bought and paid for. Hopefully other states will follow suit. It would be great to see a bill like this for all politicians, but I'm not going to hold my breath.


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[edit on 26-3-2010 by TheAssociate]



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