It's rare that I say something good about Ga., but the State senate capped gift values! Yeah!
State Senate approves controversial new ethics rule
Change caps gifts at $100
The Georgia General Assembly kicked off Monday with the Senate approving new ethics rules for its members.
The rules change puts a cap of $100 on a gift that a registered lobbyist or group of lobbyists can give to a senator.
Gifts include merchandise, events or meals, but there are also several exceptions to the $100 limit. Georgia is one of three states in the nation that has no cap on lobbyist gifts.
Ethics reform advocate Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, said the amended rules were just the first step in writing new ethics laws that more effectively cut abuse. He is in the process of writing a bill, he said, but this was an important start.