According to a leading national watchdog group, Republican ethics legislation passed in 2005 gave Georgia the 6th strongest ethics laws in the nation. However, recent revelations exposed our need to do even better.
Rep. Sharon Cooper is committed to raising the ethical standards for all state lawmakers and working to restore the public's trust in their elected officials.
"Most of the people serving you under the Gold dome are dedicated people with their hearts and their ethical standards in the right place, but it only takes a few bad apples to drag everyone down," Cooper said.
The joint House and Senate Ethic Committee is currently drafting more stringent ethics legislation that will strengthen accountability and transparency requirements for members. This legislation is expected to pass and be enacted into law this session.
Cooper said "we must also make sure the state's Ethics Commission is adequately funded and empowered to enforce the rules." She also supports reasonable caps on lobbyist gifts and meals. However, Sharon said "no one should have to worry about a lobbyist or a constituent buying you a 2 dollar cup of coffee or a 10 dollar breakfast."