Georgia Senate Passes Cap on Lobbyists' Gifts

3:46 PM, Jan 14, 2013   |    comments
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In its first day of business, Georgia's state Senate passed new cap on gifts from lobbyists.

The rule, passed before noon Mondayk, would cap gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers at $100.

It does not affect the House, which has not yet taken up such a ban.

The vote came less than two hours after Georgia lawmakers started their annual 40-day session in Atlanta.

The General Assembly came to order Monday morning amid looming budget issues and an expected debate over lobbying rules.

The first day of the annual legislative session is largely dedicated to formalities. Both chambers will have to appoint new committee leaders, set calendars and adopt chamber rules. The Senate may debate a proposed rule that would cap gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers at $100.

By law, the state Legislature meets for 40 working days. They typically adjourn around early spring.

Central Georgia's legislators also submit their own proposals. Macon State Senator Cecil Staton said he planned to file more than a dozen bills today, including one that would make all Bibb County elections nonpartisan.



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