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Ethics panel: ‘Substantial’ belief that Balfour broke rules

June 1, 2012 --

The Senate Ethics Committee said today there’s “substantial cause” to believe Rules Chairman Don Balfour violated rules for expense reimbursements. The next step: A settlement with Balfour on public meetings that would air the details of the case.

Balfour pays back $800 for mileage, per diem

April 5, 2012 --

Sen. Don Balfour, conceding he could not have been in two places at once, has returned nearly $800 to Georgia taxpayers. As Atlanta Unfiltered reported in February, Balfour claimed that much in expenses for working on state business in Atlanta on days when lobbyists said they had treated him for meals or entertainment at out-of-town conferences.

Sept. 9

September 9, 2010 --

Firm linked to Barnes did state business ATL overhauls beleaguered water dept. in wake of billing fiasco Perdue names Teilhet to lead troubled public defender system Judge upholds Fayette commissioner’s ethics violations Questionable commuting expense costing ATL taxpayers Rockdale candidate has history of court cases Workers voice ills outside Augusta VA hospital Warner Robins mayor […]

Oct. 9

October 9, 2009 --

MCG takes oversight of mental health hospitals Deal’s partner says they ditched state business over safety, moral concerns Broun bill would let hunters import polar bear trophies Georgia DOT drops federal stimulus road signs Judge, DA claim immunity from suit by man jailed for 6 months past release date Defense: Evidence withheld in ex-Forsyth County […]

Ex-speaker to settle condo ethics charge for $2,900

Ex-speaker to settle condo ethics charge for $2,900
September 28, 2009 --

Former Georgia House speaker Terry Coleman has tentatively settled — for $2,900 — an ethics charge that he used campaign money to buy a condo. Coleman’s campaign made $38,120 in payments on the unit, a practice ruled improper by the State Ethics Commission in 2004. Coleman later reimbursed the campaign, but an ethics complaint on the matter has been pending since 2002. “My lawyer called and said they had come up with some sort of settlement,” he said Friday. “I wrote the check.”