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Money issues still swirl around proposed juvenile code rewrite

March 26, 2012 --

By JIM WALLS Wildly divergent estimates of the pricetag for Georgia’s proposed juvenile code continue to swirl around the Capitol as lawmakers return for their last three days of 2012. The 246-page bill has cleared the House and is expected to come before the full Senate this week, possibly Tuesday, with only minor changes. Gov. […]

Supremes: State ethics code not for school boards

March 19, 2012 --

Georgia’s Code of Ethics does not apply to members of local school boards, the Supreme Court of Georgia said today in a unanimous decision. The high court ruled that former Gov. Sonny Perdue had no authority in August 2010 to remove three members of the Warren County Board of Education for alleged misconduct.

Sept. 21

September 21, 2011 --

General Assembly cut $80K check over discrimination complaint APS spends nearly $700K fighting abuse claim Ga. owes $720M for unemployment insurance Ex-medical board chair accused of misusing vaccines Cobb EMC fights disclosure of ex-CEO’s pay Church leader admits taking money in questionable mortgage scheme Ethics charge on Lucas’ Facebook posts rejected

Ga. could become “asylum state” for juvenile delinquents

March 9, 2011 --

Georgia is set to become the go-to state for delinquent juveniles trying to escape the system, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange reports. Unless the Legislature acts, Georgia on July 1 would be dropped from a new interstate compact and could become a “dumping ground for out-of-state delinquent juveniles,” including violent and sex offenders, one official said.

Ethics panel: Caucuses must follow spending limits

Ethics panel: Caucuses must follow spending limits
March 4, 2011 --

Party caucuses in the Georgia Legislature are not exempt from limits on campaign spending, the State Campaign Finance Commission decided this week. The panel’s advisory opinion could curtail spending by the Democratic caucuses in the Georgia House and Senate, which paid more than $60,000 for mailings on behalf of Sen. Vincent Fort and Rep. Rashad Taylor against challengers in the party’s July 2010 primary.

Ethics official rejects bid to narrow lobbying rules

February 22, 2011 --

Business executives  pushing a bill in the Legislature would still have to register as lobbyists even if they’re not expressly paid to do so, under a proposed opinion from the State Campaign Finance Commission. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce had asked the commission for an exemption — a position that would allow business persons to buy meals, tickets or other gifts for public officials without disclosing them.

Who could say ‘no’ to more jobs for Georgia?

Who could say 'no' to more jobs for Georgia?
October 31, 2010 --

Just as the National Lampoon twisted arms in 1973, state lawmakers are asking voters Tuesday to amend the state Constitution to bring jobs to Georgia. When they ask that way, who could say no? Evidently, lawmakers fretted that Georgians could. The legislative history shows they tweaked and prodded the ballot question for Amendment 1 until limitations on competition, which are generally barred by the Georgia Constitution, now appear to make the state more competitive.

April 29

April 29, 2010 --

Property assessment reform clears General Assembly Officer accused in scandalous affair, false arrest Cobb cop charged with cover-up in fellow officer’s drowning Lung Association: ATL among most polluted cities Cheating probe clears Augusta’s Laney High

April 14

April 14, 2010 --

Did 911 put Lithonia woman on hold while house burned? Per diem a costly expense for General Assembly Lewd photos bill would block police dashboard cams, 911 calls DeKalb school closing task force loses credibility Hospital’s ex-CEO pleads not guilty $1.5M awarded for lost thumb after court lifts med-mal caps Hall County residents file ethics […]

Meet MARTA’s new lobbyists (the ones Jill Chambers won’t talk to)

Meet MARTA's new lobbyists (the ones Jill Chambers won't talk to)
October 23, 2009 --

New lobbyists soon will help MARTA look for the state’s help in closing a projected $130 million budget deficit. The transit agency’s chief legislative overseer refuses to meet with them, but MARTA officials seem OK with that. They’re after bigger game. The lobbyists’ pitch to MARTA, led by Ellen Williams Reynolds, offers a plan to connect with key House and Senate Republicans. And the lobbying team includes a former executive of the Georgia GOP and the husband of state Human Resources Commissioner B.J. Reynolds.

Speaker’s campaign spending: food, charity, consulting

Speaker's campaign spending: food, charity, consulting
July 7, 2009 --

Glenn Richardson’s been eating well. He’s writing big checks so special-needs kids can ride horses. And he’s paying a former aide’s political consulting firm that’s tangled up in a state ethics investigation. Check out the speaker’s donors and take a closer look at how he spends his campaign money.

Cash-strapped MARTA awarded 114 pay raises topping 10%

Cash-strapped MARTA awarded 114 pay raises topping 10%
April 19, 2009 --

Atlanta’s rapid-transit agency, which warns of drastic service cuts on the horizon, approved at least 114 pay raises ranging from 10 to 40 percent for 2007-08, according to a legislative oversight committee. More than half went to managers. MARTA is asking the General Assembly for permission to tap into $65 million reserved for capital projects […]