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New lobbying rules would prohibit airfare expenses

4:45 PM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Proposed rules would ban lobbyists from buying airfare for Georgia's state lawmakers under an amended plan from a leading Republican.

The latest changes to House Speaker David Ralston's bill would prohibit lobbyists from buying free airplane tickets for lawmakers.

Under the plan, lobbyists could still pay for a public official's lodging, registration and food and beverage costs. Lobbyists could also pay for other forms of travel so long as lawmakers do not fly to the destination.

Lobbyists could also pay for the public official's staff and spouse to attend, but not other family members.

The House Rules committee is now considering the legislation. Republican Rep. Rich Golick of Smyrna said the bill may see additional changes.

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