Rep. O'Neal to Help Decide Senator Balfour's Suspension

10:27 AM, Oct 16, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA (AP) - House Majority Leader Larry O'Neal of Houston County is on of two Republican state lawmakers and a retired Georgia Supreme Court chief justice that will decide whether to suspend Sen. Don Balfour from office.

Balfour is facing charges stemming from an investigation into his legislative pay and expenses. 

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that he has appointed O'Neal, Senate Majority Leader Ronnie Chance and former Chief Justice George Carley, who retired last year. The panel has until Nov. 15 to make a decision. 

Balfour was indicted last month after prosecutors alleged he falsified reports to claim pay and travel expenses from the General Assembly. Prosecutors say on days when Balfour claimed state pay, lobbyists reported entertaining the lawmaker outside of Georgia. 

Balfour's attorney has said Balfour may have made inadvertent mistakes but didn't intentionally misappropriate state funds.

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