Sen. Chuck Hufstetler Supports Constitutional Amendment to Phase Out State Income Tax

ATLANTA (January 17, 2013) – Sen. Chuck Hufstetler (R- Rome) sponsored Senate Resolution 8 in the State Senate today.  The resolution, proposed by Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus), is a plan that would create a constitutional amendment to phase out the Georgia State Income Tax. Continue reading “Sen. Chuck Hufstetler Supports Constitutional Amendment to Phase Out State Income Tax”

Sen. Hufstetler Applauds Passage of Senate Resolution Limiting Lobbyist Gifts

ATLANTA (January 14, 2013) – The Georgia State Senate boldly passed a resolution on the first day of the 2013 legislative session that will amend the Senate Rules and cap gifts from any registered lobbyist or group of registered lobbyists at $100 per item, event or meal. The new rule originates from proactive efforts by the Georgia State Senate to solicit input from both Senators and citizens on how to effectively address lobbyist expenditure concerns.

“With the passage of this resolution, Georgia is aligning itself with other states in order to become a more transparent governmental body,” said Sen. Hufstetler.  “It is an honor to serve in a Senate that conveys trust and honesty for our constituents and I look forward to continuing the business of the people while at the Capitol.”

Currently, Georgia is only one of three states that does not have a limit on the amount of gifts a lobbyist can give to a legislator. However, taxpayers sent a loud message to state lawmakers last July when nonbinding questions to limit lobbyist gifts on the 2012 primary ballot received overwhelming support from Georgians statewide.

Any violations of the $100 gift cap will be subject to review by the Senate Ethics Committee.

For Immediate Release:
January 14, 2013

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