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Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:56 PM

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.

http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/78337/

Being such a red stat3e, I hope all the others will join them in this move!

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