Saturday, April 30, 2016

Georgia Gov. Deal signs bill making it easier to cloak possible conflicts of interest

The bill came from the mostly Republican Georgia state legislature.

Apr. 27, 2016

Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation into law that critics say will make it harder for the public to find out if state lawmakers have possible conflicts of interest.

Senate Bill 199 was amended late in the 2016 legislative session and was approved after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia News Lab reported that House Majority Leader Jon Burns, R-Newington, failed to properly disclose at least $120,000 in state agency payments to his private business.


Tucked into SB 199 is a sentence that says lawmakers and other state officials do not have to report payments from the state on both personal financial disclosure reports and business transaction reports.

Another sentence would ensure that non-statewide officials, such as Burns and other legislators, do not have to disclose payments from political subdivisions of the state, like school districts.


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