On December 13, 2017, the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (also known as the State Ethics Commission) met for a scheduled meeting. During the meeting, the Ethics Commission took up a late fee hardship waiver request concerning a late fee from 2013, which was a time when the Ethics Commission was determined to have a variety of operational problems including problems with its online filing system as detailed in a report from the Department of Audits
The Ethics Commission, after a robust discussion of the hardship waiver request, decided to grant the late fee hardship waiver request when it determined that having your name placed on the Ethics website
on the list of elected officials who were late filing amounted to a hardship.
For more information, please see this article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution