ATLANTA, Ga. None - Ethics bill introduced in state House
One lone Republican lawmaker has filed legislation calling for ethics reform for state legislators.
The bill by Rep. Tommy Smith, (R) Nicholls, requires gift limits of $100 given by lobbyists, and limits of $500 for trips excluding travel expences.
"Right now there are no limits at all, so this is a first step... I would like to see a greater amount," he tells WSB's Sandra Parrish.
Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, (D) Atlanta, is co-sponsoring the bill.
"I've never been objecting to traditional business entertainment, but I don't think our business entertainment rules are affective... we don't have any rules," she says.
So far no other Republicans have signed onto the bill. House Speaker David Ralston said earlier this session he is opposed to any gift caps.
Meantime, the Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform, which includes various tea parties and government watchdog groups, presented every lawmakers with a letter Tuesday urging them to pass the legislation.
"If you want a luxury lifestyle, join a country club... but if you want to be a public servant then do the right thing and sign onto this bill," says Julianne Thompson, co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party.