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Our Views: Another ethics dodge in the Gold Dome
Caucus loophole lets lawmakers avoid gift limits as commission sits idly by
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As the 2014 Georgia General Assembly winds down this week and a slate of new laws assessed, it’s clear one apparent success from last year’s session hasn’t panned out as many hoped. That was the long overdue limit on gifts, meals and other goodies lawmakers could accept in exchange for letting lobbyists bend their ears, which is supposed to be part of the job with or without the freebies. The rule passed last year caps the amount a lobbyist can spend on a single legislator at $75, enough to cover a nice dinner and a decent bottle of wine.