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Ethics panel seeks dollars, gets pennies — maybe

March 31, 2011 --

State senators this week agreed to give the State Campaign Finance Commission a fraction of the sum needed to meet new requirements for enforcing ethics laws. The Senate recommended a $30,000 bump for the agency’s certified mail expenses, rather than the requested $130,000, and none of the $290,000 sought for processing and posting thousands of local candidates’ financial disclosures online.

March 31

March 31, 2011 --

Broadcast prompts threats and calls for judge’s ouster Bill would scrap Ga. Public Defender Council 22,000 face losing unemployment benefits Lawsuit targets police documentation of seized funds Senate banking chair responds to FDIC’s suit Ethics panel declines to sanction APS board member

March 30

March 30, 2011 --

Panel raps UGA’s handling of harassment complaints Forest Park council member faces ethics charges — for asking directions? House panel tables landfill expansions Atty Gen deliberates Savannah Council’s possible meeting violations

March 29

March 29, 2011 --

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Troy Davis appeal DeKalb school board accused of hiding bad behavior

March 28

March 28, 2011 --

Very tough love in Brunswick drug court Insurance agents in Legislature get test exemptions Auditor questions cost of ATL Municipal Court Legislators pass fewer tax breaks this year Board system questioned at Augusta City Hall

Judge: Big problems coming if Ga. won’t sign juvenile justice pact

Judge: Big problems coming if Ga. won't sign juvenile justice pact
March 28, 2011 --

Georgia has until June 30 to sign an interstate compact pledging cooperation in juvenile justice matters. Former Gov. Sonny Perdue refused, ostensibly because he felt it infringed on the state’s sovereignty. Without the compact, officials may have no way to monitor juvenile offenders who leave Georgia. The clock is ticking.

HOPE scholarship revamp slashes lottery bonuses, but …

HOPE scholarship revamp slashes lottery bonuses, but ...
March 28, 2011 --

Controversial bonuses paid to Georgia Lottery employees could be whacked by 90 percent or more under Georgia’s new HOPE scholarship law. But there’s nothing to stop the lottery board from jacking up executives’ base salaries to make up the difference. In fact, the board did so just last year, giving CEO Margaret DeFrancisco a $67,000 raise.

March 27

March 27, 2011 --

Beverly Hall closely tracked CRCT results Public pension crisis threatens your wallet ATL schools underfunded pension plan by $500M Lobbyist dollars flow in Sunday sales campaign Fewer monitors for Ga. banks S. Ga. police chief arrested in inmate beating

March 26

March 26, 2011 --

FDIC bans exec of failed Ga. bank DeKalb cuts CSI response ‘Check homeowner policies,’ whistleblower urges

March 25

March 25, 2011 --

Fired Clayton sheriff’s employee: ‘I wouldn’t participate in sex’ House chair tells one legislator: No amendments for you! Medicaid smart card idea raises questions State infrastructure bank has $30M sitting idle Ga. has no plan to repay $670M unemployment debt Investigators still question Richmond Co.’s 2009 CRCT tests

March 24

March 24, 2011 --

Where does money from specialty plates go? No charges in Brian Nichols’ jail escape plot

State HIV funds sought as waiting list grows

State HIV funds sought as waiting list grows
March 24, 2011 --

The state’s waiting list for people with HIV to get government drug assistance is steadily growing — intensifying concerns that patients won’t get needed medications. More than 1,100 Georgians are on the waiting list — the second-longest in the country behind Florida’s. The program, which needs about $5 million more in state money, instead faces a $600,000 budget cut.