By Joel Williams
Atlanta, Georgia: The Georgia State Legislature is now considering an ethics bill deemed "historic" by some political writers. House Bill 142, passed by a 164-4 count in the Georgia House of Representatives, now moves on to the Senate Rules Committee for testimony and debate. The bill is considered historic because it would ban lobbyist gifts to individual legislators. The legislation would still allow lobbyists to treat entire recognized groups (such as committees and caucuses) but would end the practice of paying for rounds of golf, tickets to sporting events, and high-dollar private dinners. The Senate has passed its own legislation to cap lobbyist gifts this term, but there is no indication as of yet on how the Senate will treat HB 142.