Do You Think State Legislators Should Be Prohibited from Accepting Gifts from Lobbyists?
A question on the ballot on July 31 will ask whether voters support ending the current practice that allows legislators to accept unlimited gifts from lobbyists. Would you support this measure?
On both the Republican and Democratic ballot for the July 31 Primary there will be several questions, but there is only one question that is common to both.
Democrats will be asked, “Do you support ending the current practice permitting unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators?” The question of the Republican ballot will be almost the same. It is, “Do you support ending the current practice of unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators by imposing a $100 cap on such gifts.”
At a recent Greater Eastside Chamber event, state Rep. Brett Harrell (R-Snellville) was the guest speaker. In giving an update on his first term in office, he said one of the things that surprised him most when he first began working under the Gold Dome in Atlanta was that one of the strongest lobbying forces was not from private business, but from government lobbyists - city and county governments looking to influence state legislators.
So the question today is, do you think all there should be a total ban of state legislators receiving any gifts from any lobbyists?