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Speaker’s bill embraces scorned ethics opinion

Speaker's bill embraces scorned ethics opinion
January 31, 2013 --

Jan. 31, 2013 — Two years ago, legislative leaders squawked mightily at the notion that Georgians might have to register as lobbyists when they visit the Capitol. Today, some of those same leaders may embrace the very same position — and more — that they once deplored. A House subcommittee will consider Speaker David Ralston’s 2013 ethics package, which would make people pay $320 in lobbyist registration fees if they want to talk policy with legislators on behalf of any organization, whether it’s Georgia Power Co., the Tea Party or the Girl Scouts.

UPDATE: House members made it abundantly clear before today’s hearing that there’s no way that the final language of the ethics bill will abridge anyone’s First Amendment rights. No details yet, but it seems likely that the revised bill will try to exempt the average citizen who visits the Capitol only occasionally.

Nov. 8

November 8, 2011 --

State immigration law beset with gaps, confusion Testimony: Fulton teacher abused special-needs students, principal ignored it Hundreds of Ga. teachers failed certification test Trial begins today in tea party group’s suit vs. founder Rayonier acknowledges issues with Altamaha River waste Savannah authority’s audit shows high costs for food, office supplies

Jan. 6

January 6, 2011 --

GBI to investigate allegations of inmate abuse Signature bonds under review following trooper shooting Former Gwinnett judge charged with felony forgeries Hall Co. commissioners force 4 top officials to resign Tea party enters ethics alliance aimed at Legislature Judges reverse rehiring of ‘love offering’ magistrate