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House speaker proposes lobbyist spending ban

ATLANTA — House Speaker David Ralston has proposed legislation that would ban lobbyists from spending on individual elected officials in Georgia.

The Republican filed his proposal Tuesday, saying it's essential that the state Legislature maintain the public's trust.

Ralston said his legislation would generally ban lobbyists from spending money or giving gifts to elected officials. He said it would also restore the rulemaking authority of the state's ethics commission and require that more people officially register as lobbyists.

Right now, lobbyists can spend as much as they want to influence lawmakers and other officials as long as lobbyists disclose that spending. There are no spending limits.

The state Senate earlier this year passed a weak internal rule prohibiting gifts worth more than $100.

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kevin 1 year, 2 months ago

This should be a no-brainer unless your elected officials are truly running for office just to reap freebies for the rest of their lives, at our expense.

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Why_not 1 year, 2 months ago

Well, looks like "goods ole" David has had a change of heart. He used to love taking money from lobbyists.

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