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Feb. 17

February 17, 2012 --

Senate Rules Committee: The road to kill the ethics bill? Legislators level mismanagement claims at ethics commission Panel investigating 6 to 8 Georgia judges on ‘very serious charges’ More pets died on Delta than any other airline Tenants claim N. Ga. pastor is a slumlord Rural phone subsidy on the block Opinion: Breathtakingly bad approach […]

Feb. 7

February 7, 2012 --

Diverted funds aid Perdue projects Corporal punishment legal in Georgia schools Karen Handel resigns from Komen after Planned Parenthood flap 9 protests filed over airport vending contracts Columbus senator backs bill to cap lobbyist gifts at $100 High court: Atlanta violated Open Meetings law ‘People still suffering’ four years after Imperial Sugar disaster Fulton tax […]

Dec. 18

December 18, 2011 --

Legislators’ dash for cash begins Lawmakers’ expenses top $1.3 million

Report: Tax-funded private scholarships a ‘failed experiment’

Report: Tax-funded private scholarships a 'failed experiment'
June 7, 2011 --

Many Georgia students have enrolled in public school in recent years without ever attending class, solely to take advantage of a 2008 state law creating tax-subsidized scholarships for pupils in private schools.  Legislators have described that practice as a legal but unintended consequence of the statute, which was purportedly intended to give children in failing public schools the chance for a private education that they otherwise couldn’t afford. But, in a report released today, critics charge the law creating so-called “student scholarship organizations” (SSOs) was crafted specifically to help pay for students to remain in private school.

May 8

May 9, 2011 --

Flawed Fulton assessment notices show taxes skyrocketing State-level Ga. politics cost $88M+ in 2010 Nearly 50 legislators owe Ga. money

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

Legislators reduce transparency, burden ethics commission

March 15, 2011 --

Georgia lawmakers Monday gave voters less access to information on local candidates’ finances, reversing part of a 2010 reform bill that became law just two months ago. The legislators’ action could also cost the cash-strapped Campaign Finance Commission $130,000 — which it doesn’t have — to notify candidates of possible violations. If the commission can’t afford to send those notices, it can’t enforce the law.

Feb. 17

February 17, 2011 --

Another APS official disparages cheating probe Newsletters show culture of offensive behavior at UGA vet school GA Conservancy’s stance on Savannah harbor riles other enviros Lobbyists supply special-interest feast for legislators Reform advocates push for stronger ethics laws Ga. congressman sics feds on Google APS ethics panel to hold hearing on board member Water shut off 2 […]

Caucuses’ spending limits fuzzy

Caucuses' spending limits fuzzy
September 20, 2010 --

Former lobbyist Rusty Kidd, voters were told last year, once paid for strippers to entertain legislators on a jaunt to Daufuskie Island, S.C.: “He used young women as a tool to get what he wanted and make money.” The House and Senate Democratic caucuses since last year have spent at least $110,000 on attacks like […]

Aug. 16

August 16, 2010 --

Atlanta graduation rate doesn’t add up ATL to pay slain woman’s family $4.9M Business groups spend thousands bringing legislators to resorts Secretary of State to probe judge candidate’s qualifications

Gail Buckner, Secretary of State candidate: $23,450

Gail Buckner, Secretary of State candidate: $23,450
June 16, 2010 --

Gail Buckner, serving her first term in the state Senate after eight terms in the House, reported income of $23,450 for 2009. That’s about the same as she reported when she ran for secretary of state four years ago. Legislators are paid $17,342 per year plus per diem. The Jonesboro Democrat’s financial disclosure for 2009, […]

Rules panel rejects gift limits, moves ethics bill on

Rules panel rejects gift limits, moves ethics bill on
April 20, 2010 --

UPDATE: The ethics bill was recommitted just now (12:20 p.m. Wednesday) to the Rules Committee. Not sure what’s up with that. We’ll find out when the committee meets at 1:30 p.m.

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The House Rules Committee today pushed ahead with Speaker David Ralston’s ethics bill after rejecting Democrats’ drive for a $50 cap on gifts from lobbyists. The panel scheduled the bill, tweaked just before the meeting, for debate by the full House on Wednesday. Procedurally, the measure was passed in such a way that it cannot be amended on the House floor.