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Deja vu all over again: Lobbyist fees unconstitutional?

Deja vu all over again: Lobbyist fees unconstitutional?
February 5, 2013 --

Feb. 5, 2013 — How soon they forget. Georgia tried once before to charge hundreds of dollars for citizens to lobby state legislators, and a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional. In 1995, U.S. District Judge Marvin Shoob held that a $200 fee for union members violated their rights to free speech and equal protection under the law.

Jan. 30

January 30, 2012 --

House leaders try to quash ethics reform HOPE changes may mean fewer women, minorities at UGA Lawmakers push to prevent redirection of state fees Auditors raise MARTA safety questions Brunswick commissioner jailed on bribery charge APS leader barred from cheating probe Mayor: Olens softening Open Meetings law UGA receives lowest rating for free-speech policies

July 1

July 1, 2010 --

U.S. asks federal court to take over state’s mental health system Ga. colleges say they have few illegal immigrants State creates waiting list for HIV/AIDS drugs Ethics panel could expand candidate disclosure requirements Cherokee commissioner withdraws from race over discrepancies in military record State investigating 3-month delay in notifying victims of security breach Suit: Ethics […]