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House Majority Leader Larry O’Neal

House Majority Leader Larry O'Neal
December 7, 2012 --

Larry O’Neal would probably prefer to be remembered for anything other than a tax break seemingly engineered specifically for then-Gov. Sonny Perdue, a client of O’Neal’s law practice. Nevertheless, O’Neal is best known for authoring the 2005 bill that allowed his fellow Houston Countian to retroactively shelter capital gains by reinvesting the money in property in Florida. Perdue, who thus saved about $100,000 in taxes, said he signed the bill into law without realizing it would apply to him. IRS auditors later investigated and exonerated O’Neal, he said in a 2009 email to House Republicans. Neither Perdue nor O’Neal released IRS documents or correspondence that would back up that assertion. A 2007 ethics complaint about O’Neal’s conduct went nowhere.

O’Neal went into business with another Sonny from Houston County, former state Rep. Roy “Sonny” Watson Jr., in 2001 when they formed SONLAR LLC. In 2005, Sonlar bought a 61-unit assisted-living facility at auction for $2.5 million after the previous owner defaulted on revenue bonds issued by the Houston County Development Authority. SONLAR sold the property in August 2012 for $5.1 million.

Oct. 19

October 19, 2011 --

Fish kill inquiry to include scrutiny of kaolin mines DeKalb schools institute ‘transparency’ measures Union City contractors refuse to talk about how they landed contract Warner Robins councilman indicted on extortion charges

March 15

March 16, 2011 --

Georgia Power’s reactor plans questioned Mistake costs ATL schools $48M, delays projects Legislation could enhance, restrict access UGA’s Richt punished over Crowell violation Certification agency takes no action against Warner Robins chief

Feb. 18

February 18, 2011 --

State: ATL schools protecting those who would intimidate whistleblowers Fulton development deals labeled ‘corporate welfare’ Delta fined $2M for treatment of disabled passengers ATL councilman Willis gets ethics fine UGA prez: Harassment policy may be expanded Ralston non-committal on changes to open-government laws Proposed Warner Robins ethics code aimed at leaks

Feb. 16

February 16, 2011 --

UGA prof still teaching despite ‘deplorable’ behavior UGA harassment policy: ‘A culture of acceptance’ State monitoring Gwinnett charter school over fairness of lottery New AG pushes for tougher sunshine laws Undercover cops drank shots before APD’s Eagle raid Cobb EMA director placed on paid leave Forsyth Co. ethics chairman resigns AG to Savannah: Turn over public records […]

Feb. 11

February 11, 2011 --

APD won’t hinder citizens who videotape cops Deal names campaign donors to state jobs Mall restaurants failing inspections Warner Robins councilman’s case goes to governor

Nov. 5

November 5, 2010 --

Newly re-elected Casey Cagle faces a palace coup Grand jury wants to shake up Gwinnett government UGA official advises keeping faculty search info off the record City Hall East developer’s attorney co-hosted councilwoman’s fundraiser APS spent $95K to investigate suspected cheating Bribery probe prompts Athens probation revamp Warner Robins councilman Williams indicted Retired Sea Island […]

Oct. 17

October 17, 2010 --

Evidence in Eagle bar lawsuit missing or destroyed Convictions didn’t stop Augusta from hiring applicants Warner Robins e-mails point to more nepotism

Oct. 4

October 4, 2010 --

Prior suit may signal fate of cases against Eddie Long Accused lawyer: Former secretary was informant Gwinnett grand jury to wrap up probe of land deals 4 violate Warner Robins nepotism policy

Sept. 29

September 29, 2010 --

Marietta schools serving expired food Bishop Eddie Long accuser speaks out Mayors: Ga. a top source of ‘crime guns’ Potential class actions target AirTran Judge reopens bankruptcy filing by Deal’s son-in-law Columbus fires Parks & Rec director Life in Athens stream absent after chemical spill Report: Warner Robins councilman pointed gun at tenant

Sept. 10

September 10, 2010 --

Sanford Bishop steered scholarships to family Disabled Georgians sue over program cuts DeKalb: ‘Accreditation is safe’; lawmakers not so sure State Board of Education adopts governance, ethics standards Still no sale of Golf Hall property DA names special prosecutor for Warner Robins councilman

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 […]