Georgians will know Wednesday just what form state senators think ethics reform should take.
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House Bill 142
What does it mean:
- Would ban gifts from lobbyists to individual public officials. Such gifts include meals, travel, golf, football tickets and more.
- Would require volunteer advocates to register just like high-powered paid lobbyists if they come to the Capitol more than five days annually on behalf of an organization and press for legislative action.
- Would allow unlimited travel for “official duties,” although officials would have to pay their own airfare.
What ethics reformers want:
- A $100 gift cap.
- A $750 cap on travel, with exceptions.
- No registration requirements on advocates.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has covered the push for ethics reform every step of the way with investigative reporting looking into how our public officials interact with lobbyists, where the system fails and how other states have done it better. As the Legislature wrestles with how to overhaul the system, the AJC will continue to provide in-depth coverage you will not find anywhere else.