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22 March 2012

Josh McKoon Proposes Study Committee on Ethics Reform & Accountability

After reading the headline, "Josh McKoon Proposes Study Committee on Ethics Reform & Accountability," many folks are probably rolling their eyes and sarcastically muttering under their breath, "Just what we need. Another study that tells us what we already know. Georgia must have comprehensive ethics reform."

But the study committee proposed by state Senator Josh McKoon (R - Columbus) is a bit different than most legislative study committees. McKoon's committee seeks input from both legislators and private citizens.

Senate Resolution 1220 creates the Senate Study Committee on Georgia Ethics and Accountability. Membership on this panel would include four representatives from the Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform.

The Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform is a coalition of groups including Common Cause Georgia and Georgia Tea Party Patriots.

The Senate Study Committee on Georgia Ethics and Accountability would ask five state Senators and four Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform representatives to review and recommend legislation designed to strengthen ethics and accountability in this state. The study committee would issue its recommendations by September 30th.

S.R. 1220 was introduced in the Senate, March 21st, and referred to the Rules Committee. A lot of people, I know, will be keeping an eye on this legislation.