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    Four more legislators file 2008 financial disclosures — 5 months late

     

    Better late than never: Four Georgia legislators filed personal financial disclosures last week for 2008.

    Some, we’re told, even mentioned Atlanta Unfiltered when they made sure the State Ethics Commission received the filings. (Since July, we’ve been keeping a list and checking it twice.)

    jonesSheilaThe new filers were Sen. Donzella James, elected in a Dec. 1 runoff, and Reps. Carol Fullerton of Albany, Henry “Wayne” Howard of Augusta and Sheila Jones of Atlanta. They’re online; you can look them up, and those filed by other state officials since 2006, here.

    The non-filers appear to have kept up with financial disclosures for their campaign funds, although a few occasionally file a little late. But they still have not filed separate disclosures regarding their personal finances.

    Georgia law requires elected officials once a year to file a public statement summarizing their financial interests and those of their spouses. The reports must be filed by July 1 to disclose finances for the previous year.

    What’s the point? The reports give constituents basic information to help them figure out whether an official’s public and private interests conflict.

    That leaves nine legislators who still haven’t filed disclosures that were due July 1, plus a 10th, Ron Dodson, who was sworn in last month after winning a special election. Dodson should have filed a disclosure in September after he qualified to run for office.

    Four (noted below by an asterisk) have failed to file disclosures for 2007, either. Howard, who filed his 2008 disclosure Dec. 7, also has not filed his 2007 report.

    State Senate:
    Valencia Seay (D-Riverdale)
    Steve Thompson (D-Marietta)

    State House of Representatives:

    * Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta)
    Bob Bryant (D-Garden City)
    Ron Dodson (D-Lake City)
    * Winfred Dukes (D-Albany)
    * David Lucas (D-Macon)
    William Quincy Murphy (D-Augusta)
    Jay Shaw (D-Lakeland)
    Al Williams (D-Midway)

     

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