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26 January 2012

Stephanie Stuckey-Benfield Says She Supports Ethics Bill

Wednesday, state Representative Tommy Smith (R - Nicholls) introduced an ethics bill that would, among other things, put a cap on the amount of money lobbyists can spend on lawmakers under the Gold Dome.

Two media outlets, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, both reported that Rep. Smith's ethics bill received tepid support from legislators in the General Assembly [Joyner and Quinn (2012-1-25). Ethics bill gets cool reception in Ga. House. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved on 2012-1-26; Political silence on ethics bill is loud and clear. Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved on 2012-1-26.].

One state Representative, however, is disputing the news media's story on the ethics bill.

In two separate postings on her Facebook page, state Rep. Stephanie Stuckey-Benfield (D - Atlanta) wrote that she supports her colleague's ethics legislation.

"This is the 2nd article that has reported that Mary Margaret Oliver is the lone Democrat who has agreed to co-sponsor the measure," Benfield wrote, referring to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer article. "THAT IS NOT TRUE. Myself and many other Democrats are more than willing to join Rep. Oliver in supporting this worthwhile piece of legislation."

The Georgia General Assembly website only lists two sponsors of the ethics bill; House Bill 798 -- Republican Tommy Smith and Democrat Mary Margaret Oliver.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution political columnist Jim Galloway reported Tuesday that several conservative groups and organizations such as the Georgia Christian Coalition, Georgia Right to Life, and Georgia Tea Party Patriots are urging lawmakers to pass H.B. 798.