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Lawmakers to ethics panel: We don’t need no stinkin’ late fees

December 14, 2011 --

Dec. 14, 2011 — Remember the Georgia Legislature’s promise last year to impose tough new penalties for violators of campaign finance laws? Not gonna happen — at least not yet.

Starting this year, candidates could be fined $1,375 for filing a financial disclosure 45 days late. But legislators didn’t provide the money to pay for late notices, so the maximum fine for now is just $125.

Sept. 18

September 18, 2011 --

Georgia officials past due oin their tax bills Customers send reform message to Cobb EMC NW Ga. officials dispute owing late fees

July 3

July 3, 2011 --

Hospital CEO pay has some ill at ease Lobbyists’ late fees add up

May 13

May 13, 2011 --

Deal campaign paid $90K to daughter’s firm Ralston: Punish lawmakers who owe late fees Ex-Glynn Co. superintendent suspended Malpractice disclosure becomes law Columbus councilors question marshal’s spending Appeals court upholds $17M verdict against Savannah

Panel needs $420K to $1M to enforce campaign finance law

March 17, 2011 --

Complying with new campaign finance requirements next year could cost state overseers $420,000 to $1 million that they do not have, Senate budget writers learned today. Without more funding needed to notify violators, the state can’t properly enforce the law, one official said: “People will catch on fairly quickly that they do not have to pay late fees and do not have to comply with the act.”