The road to ethics reform in the Georgia General Assembly has always been paved with good intentions, potholes, blind alleys and exit ramps.
The story you’re reading is premium content from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Subscribers get total access to all our in-depth news, digital editions and exclusive premium content. You can now also buy a 24-hour digital pass or 7-day digital pass.
Read MyAJC.com now — 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24-hours
Read MyAJC.com all week — 7-day digital pass$3.99 for 7-days
Subscribe to AJC for as little as 33¢ per dayView Offers
AJC Print subscriber — I need to register my account for digital access.Access Digital
AJC Print subscriber — I’ve already registered my account.Sign In
More than 20 years ago, three members of the state Senate and three members of the state House met in conference to work out the details of new lobbyist regulations. Part of the final bill passed, but it is perhaps just as instructive to see where the conferees have wound up:
Then: Senate President Pro Tem, chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee
Then: Assistant floor leader for Gov. Zell Miller
Now: Lobbyist, managing partner of Troutman Sanders Atlanta office, chairman of Troutman Sanders Strategies
Then: Member of the Senate Ethics Committee
Now: Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee
Then: Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
Now: Former lawyer, served time in prison on 57 counts of theft and forgery, paroled 2011.
Then: Vice chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
Now: Lobbyist/Executive for Phoebe Putney Health System
Then: Secretary of the House Judiciary Committee
Now: Lobbyist, general counsel for GeorgiaLink Public Affairs Group