Ethics Panel to Consider Current Ban on Georgia Lawmakers Raising Money During CV Suspension
Public Policy & Regulation Attorney Jake Evans was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the possibility of allowing Georgia state lawmakers to raise campaign money while the General Assembly is suspended because of the COVID-19 outbreak. A law passed in 1990 prohibits lawmakers from campaign fundraising during a legislative session, but it was not written with a situation like the current one in mind. The state's ethics commission, of which Mr. Evans is the chairman, is currently weighing two advisory opinions on the ban.
"The suspended legislative session — the duration of which is unknown — created uncertainty on the application of certain campaign finance rules, most principally relating to fundraising and personal campaign loans during session," he said.