EDITORIAL: With all the talk about the ethical behavior of our elected officials, you'd think that Georgia would have some limitations on lobbying but there aren't any.
In fact, Georgia is only one of three states in the entire country with no such limitations on lobbying. That's why a proposed new law would be a great start to rid politics of real and perceived payoffs.
The proposed bill by Republican Representative Tommy Smith and a companion bill from Republican Senator Josh McKoon from Columbus would severely limit how much legislators could accept from lobbyists.
It'd be $100 for a single occasion and $750 for out-of-town events including travel, meals and accommodations.
This legislation has the support of many divergent groups including the Georgia Tea Party and common cause.
We support it too as any effort at ethics reform is a step forward.
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