Ethics reform in Georgia was a hot topic during the 2012 legislative session. It is an even hotter topic now that the legislature refused to address a primary concern of Georgia citizens – the influence of money on legislators. House Speaker David Ralston, who has personally benefitted from the largesse of lobbyists, has come out strongly against legislation to address this concern. Senator Don Balfour, powerful chairman of the Senate rules committee, would not allow ethics legislation to be heard last session.
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