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    Chapman, Collins file late disclosures; 16 more lawmakers to go

     

    jeff chapmanState Sen. Jeff Chapman of Brunwick finally filed his 2008 personal financial disclosure last week, two months after it was due. It came just a couple days before he jumped in the governor’s race.

    Rep. Toney Collins of Conyers also filed his disclosure — two, in fact, for both 2007 and 2008 — since the last time we checked in August.

    And, we’ve discovered that Sen. John Meadows of Calhoun filed his disclosure July 22. Our apologies for not noting Calhoun’s slightly tardy filing sooner.

    That leaves 16 legislators, including 15 Democrats, who haven’t filed a disclosure yet this year. Five of them, noted below, didn’t file one last year either. The law says they must be filed no later than July 1, covering the previous year.

    Elected officials in Georgia, and many appointed ones, are required each year to disclose their business and real estate interests, stock holdings, employment, and any significant business dealings they might have with the state. That way, people can determine whether the officials are keeping their public and private interests separate.

    State Rep. Clay Cox, for instance, introduced a bill this year to change the way private probation contractors are regulated in Georgia. Cox’s disclosure shows he is CEO of Professional Probation Services Inc. Good to know.

    Here are the legislators who haven’t filed a disclosure yet for in 2008. The asterisks are for the folks who are two years behind.

    State Senate:
    Valencia Seay (D-Riverdale)
    *Curt Thompson (D-Tucker)
    Steve Thompson (D-Marietta)
    Dan Weber (R-Dunwoody)

    State House of Representatives:

    *Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta)
    Bob Bryant (D-Garden City)
    *Winfred Dukes (D-Albany)
    Hugh Floyd (D-Norcross)
    Carol Fullerton (D-Albany)
    Keith Heard (D-Athens)
    *Henry “Wayne” Howard (D-Augusta)
    Sheila Jones (D-Atlanta)
    *David Lucas (D-Macon)
    William Quincy Murphy (D-Augusta)
    Jay Shaw (D-Lakeland)
    Al Williams (D-Midway)

     

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