Powerless Ethics Commission looks to lawmakers
Enforcers of Georgia’s ethics laws are stuck in limbo, if not outright paralysis — a legacy of the Glenn Richardson years at the state Legislature.
They’re waiting to see whether new leadership under the Gold Dome cares enough to set things right.
In 2009, on Richardson’s watch, the Georgia House struck a couple words in the Ethics in Government Act to effectively strip the State Ethics Commission of its rule-making power. The state Senate and Gov. Sonny Perdue went along with the change.
Perdue made it clear at the time that he believed the House language did not necessarily undermine the commission’s old rules. But what about amending those regulations or creating new ones?
“It appears that we don’t have authority to do anything,” executive secretary Stacey Kalberman said.
Click here to read my full column in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution.