While politics in Washington is moving through the roof, after almost falling off the cliff, I read with concern your story of ethics reform in Georgia [“Local senators vote along party lines on ethics reform,” Jan. 23, page 1A].
I wonder about the true value of the recent, yet weak, Senate rule on ethics reform. Does the public really accept this as positive change or realize what little help this rule will provide? Do they even question why two indecisive senators abstained from the vote?
Paid lobbyists historically influence legislation more than public groups, concerned constituents or even staff advisors. Sometimes lobbyists offer pertinent information, but often, they dominate to put forth their own agenda, not necessarily that for the greater good. I wonder how this feeble ethics policy will help protect strongly needed ethics regulations to protect our citizens, especially our children.
Will lobbyists, like the National Rifle Association, easily overcome this feeble policy and negatively influence legislation on gun control?
Why do legislators continue to split along party lines? Certainly Republicans and Democrats should have equal concerns for our children and their constituents, especially the vulnerable who are at high risk in our state. As a concerned citizen, a grandmother and an advocate for children and those who may fail to speak out for themselves, I urge the Georgia Senate, the House [of Representatives] and our governor to consider more carefully and with compassion the needs of ALL Georgians.
Charlotte G. Marcus
Retired, House Research Office, Georgia House of Representatives