Georgia House Speaker Favors Lobbyist Gift Ban - State and Federal Communications

August 13, 2012  •  

Georgia House Speaker Favors Lobbyist Gift Ban

Georgia House SealHouse Speaker David Ralston will propose a full ban on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers when the legislature convenes next year. Last month, voters overwhelmingly supported the idea of capping lobbyist gifts in nonbinding referendums held during the July 31st primaries.

However, Ralston believes capping the value of lobbyist gifts would do little to stem the influence of special interests.

The speaker intends to form a group of House members to study how other states have implemented gift bans with hopes of passing a bill early in the legislative session beginning in January.

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