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HB 399, Ethics Filings: Require Filings with State

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Working With Author Rusi Patel, (678) 686-6210

Last Updated: 3/2/2017
Subject Area: Ethics |
Resources: bill text
This legislation would amend the Georgia ethics laws to provide for alterations to the duties and powers of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. Importantly, this legislation would change current law which requires city officials to file required disclosure reports with the municipal clerk, or with the chief executive officer if there is not a clerk. The legislation would eliminate filing with the clerk and would require such filing to be with the commission either electronically on the commission's website, or on paper using a promulgated form by the commission. If a city official chooses to file using paper then there would be a mandatory $40 charge for each paper filing. 

This legislation would also require city officials who are required to file reports or disclosure statements to provide the commission with a current email address, if one exists. Furthermore, the legislation would provide that a late filing and late fee made within 30 days of the mailing of notice by the commission would prevent a complaint or prosecution. The legislation also would eliminate the probable cause requirement for the commission to initiate an investigation on its own cognizance as it deems necessary to fulfill its obligations. 

2/21/2017 - Assigned To House Committee


Rep. Wendell Willard
District 51
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