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March 18-24, 2013

March 24, 2013 --

Lawsuit: Cobb EMC withholding millions in refunds from members PolitiFact: Is Georgia one of top 3 states for gun traffickers? Foreman sues judge to make DeKalb corruption report public The ‘zero’ at the center of the Capitol debate over ethics reform 2001 redistricting led to latest battle for Fulton County Panel approves revised bill for […]

$170K in ALEC junkets untouched by gift cap

$170K in ALEC junkets untouched by gift cap
March 22, 2013 --

March 22, 2013 — Under the ethics bill and $100 gift cap that Georgia senators will debate today, lawmakers could continue accepting tens of thousands of dollars a year in travel expenses from corporate interests. Not only would the bill let them keep traveling to posh resorts on special interests’ tab, you often won’t even know about it. The conservative American Legislative Exchange Council makes these jaunts possible. Big business and trade associations give the money to “scholarship funds” controlled by ALEC, which doles the cash out to legislators attending ALEC events.

DJJ bill could seal reports of staff misconduct

DJJ bill could seal reports of staff misconduct
March 20, 2013 --

March 20, 2013 — Allegations of wrongdoing in the state’s juvenile prisons could be sealed from public view under a bill considered today by a House subcommittee. Witnesses for the state Department of Juvenile Justice said the bill was intended to protect children in custody from retaliation for reporting gang or other criminal activity. The current version of the bill, though, makes no mention of gangs or juvenile crime. Rather, it would exempt from disclosure “the information provided by children who report abuses or wrongdoing in the juvenile justice system.”

March 4-17, 2013

March 18, 2013 --

Equalization fund: Some schools more equal than others Reform legislation is retaliatory, tax commissioner says House lobbyist gift ‘ban’ has loopholes Audit finds potential fraud in state child-care program Promise of stadium tickets raises council’s concern Bill tears down firewall between DNR board, fundraising arm Troup County Dem officers dismissed after refusing to drop embezzlement […]