ATLANTA — A group is pushing for tougher ethics reform to curb lobbyist influence of elected officials at the Georgia Capitol.
The Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform is proposing legislation that would cap lobbyist spending on lawmakers at $100 and ban public officials and their family members from serving on the state ethics board or holding government contracts. Among other suggested changes are restoring the agency's name to the State Ethics Commission.
The group called for ethics reform after a scandal involving former House Speaker Glenn Richardson that ultimately led to his ouster in 2009.
State Rep. Tommy Smith says he's willing to sponsor the bill this session and is looking for other lawmakers to join him. Smith says he hopes to file a bill in the next week or so.