At least one lawmaker was unhappy by last week's agreement in the ethics case against Gwinnett Sen. Don Balfour.
Josh McKoon, a Republican from Columbus, was the lone member of the Senate Ethics Committee to vote against the settlement, which came among allegations that Balfour filed erroneous documentation seeking reimbursement for travel inside the state when filings from lobbyists showed he was not in Georgia.
McKoon asked for a stiffer fine than the $5,000 imposed, in a minority report filed earlier this week.
Known for his campaign to restrict lobbyist spending, McKoon wants the attorney general to consider Balfour's actions. He called for the full Senate to consider a censure resolution, and he wants Balfour, R-Snellville, removed as Rules Committee chairman.
Balfour's attorney, Robert Highsmith, said the Ethics Committee vote means the matter is over, regardless of McKoon's filing.Deals speaks at luncheonThe Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce will continue its two-day political pitch with a speech by Gov. Nathan Deal.
The group of business and civic leaders heard an address from U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss Wednesday, and another top leader will be by Thursday to kick off the annual Business Expo and Job Fair.
"Communities such as Gwinnett that encourage business growth and provide an attractive place to live and play are what make this state one of the best places to do business, not just in the nation, but internationally as well," Deal said in a press release previewing the event. "Only by working together with the many vibrant communities across the state can we make Georgia the most globally competitive place to grow businesses. Gwinnett is a leader when it comes to preparing our future workforce for the jobs of tomorrow. Parents and community leaders have teamed up to achieve excellence in education, and the county boasts the highest-performing state-approved charter school in Georgia, Ivy Prep."
The double feature is a political coup for the Chamber.
"In order to grow job opportunities and create wealth in Gwinnett and the state of Georgia, it is essential that we work together at the local, regional and state levels," said Jim Maran, president and CEO of the group. "The Gwinnett Chamber has a strong working relationship with Gov. Deal and has greatly benefited from his support in our economic development efforts and his high level of engagement with the Gwinnett community. This luncheon with Gov. Deal presents a wonderful opportunity to continue this collaboration in order to achieve our common goal of economic success."
For details and to learn how to attend the luncheon and the Gwinnett Chamber Business Expo & Job Fair, visit www.gwinnettchamber.org/events.
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