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House approves ethics reform bill
by Staff Reports
February 27, 2013 10:50 AM | 2228 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The House of Representatives on Monday voted 164-4 to approve an ethics reform bill, House Bill 142, which would outlaw lobbyist gifts to lawmakers and implement new rules on lobbyist registration.

Three representatives abstained and nine had excused absences. The bill now goes to the Senate for vote.

However, HB 142 will not keep House committees from receiving lobbyists’ gifts.

All local legislators who were present voted yes: District 48’s Harry Geisinger, R-Roswell; District 51’s Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs; District 52’s Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs; District 54’s Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta; District 56’s “Able” Mable Thomas, D-Atlanta; and District 57’s Pat Gardner, D-Atlanta. District 53’s Sheila Jones, D-Atlanta, was absent.

In January the Senate voted 42-14 to approve a similar bill, Senate Resolution 1. It is now awaiting vote in the House.

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