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April 15, 2013 --

Ga. prescription tracker may shut down months after launch Department heads got big raises in Augusta college merger Ex-legislator sets up foundation for charter school systems FDA warns Kennesaw tissue supplier CryoLife Agency tried to keep pursuit of ‘state secret’ bill quiet Chatham County fleet manager demoted after $136K fuel ‘write-down’ Grand jury: Atkinson Co. […]

Budget cuts cripple ethics enforcement against non-filers

February 22, 2010 --

Hundreds of state officials — legislators, department heads, members of boards and commissions — haven’t submitted financial disclosures that were due last July. Countless politicians also failed to report campaign finances on time — or at all. But the State Ethics Commission, crippled by budget cuts, usually does nothing more than e-mail them a reminder. Says Tom Plank, interim executive secretary of the commission: “We can’t even mail them a letter.” Read my Ethics Watch column online here in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution.