clear
Tuesday May 5th, 2015 11:28PM

Lawmaker: Ga. lobbying rules bill will be amended

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -- A Republican lawmaker says a proposal to tighten lobbyist rules will be amended to answer concerns it could limit free speech rights.

Rep. Rich Golick said during a hearing Thursday that lawmakers will change House Speaker David Ralston's bill to answer questions over how it defines who's a lobbyist.

Ralston would force anyone who advocates for or against legislation or policy to pay a fee, register as a lobbyist and publicly report their spending. He would make exceptions for people speaking their views to hometown officials, but not necessarily if they speak to other officials.

Lobbyists must now register if they spend 10 percent of their working time on lobbying or spend $1,000 or more annually on lobbying efforts.

The bill could force volunteers to register if they represent nonprofits.
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Missing Ga. bank director arrested in Brunswick
A bank director accused of losing millions of investors' dollars before vanishing last year was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop in a city in south Georgia.
7:00PM ( 1 year ago )
S&P 500 index has its best year since 1997
The stock market closed out a record year with more all-time highs on Tuesday, giving U.S. indexes their biggest annual gains in almost two decades.
6:56PM ( 1 year ago )
Colorado readies for 'Green Wednesday' pot sales
Police were adding extra patrols around pot shops in eight Colorado towns that plan to allow recreational sales to anyone over 21 on Jan. 1.
1:52PM ( 1 year ago )
Business News
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 1 year ago )
Victim critical following apartment fire
A 41-year-old woman was in critical but stable condition Tuesday after being rescued from an apartment fire in Forsyth County late Monday afternoon.
3:16PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
Medicaid growth creates gap of 5M without coverage; 409K in Ga.
About 5 million people will be without health care next year that they would have gotten simply if they lived somewhere else in America.
7:30AM ( 1 year ago )
Vandals spray graffiti against Kerry in West Bank
Suspected Jewish vandals set fire to three vehicles in a West Bank village early on Tuesday and sprayed threatening graffiti referring to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of his expected visit to the region, police said.
7:28AM ( 1 year ago )
Feds announce test sites for drone aircraft
The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies.
2:23PM ( 1 year ago )
Politics
UNG to open Blue Ridge instructional site
With state funding approved recently, the University of North Georgia (UNG) plans to open an instructional site this fall in Blue Ridge.
By AccessWDUN Staff
6:32AM ( 1 week ago )
Suwanee Farmers Market opens May 2
The Suwanee Farmers Market opens at Town Center Park Saturday, May 2. It will be open each Saturday from 8:00-12:00 through October 3.
By AccessWDUN Staff
8:24AM ( 1 week ago )
UNG/Gainesville hosts student money management conference for state institutions
The University of North Georgia (UNG) Friday hosted student counselors, admissions officers, financial advisors and others from University System of Georgia (USG) institutions in a one-day conference about increasing financial literacy among high school and college students.
By AccessWDUN Staff
6:42PM ( 1 week ago )
FBHS senior receives JEMC scholarship
Jackson EMC recently awarded Allison Walls, Flowery Branch High School senior, with a 2015 Walter Harrison Scholarship, named in honor of a rural electrification pioneer.
By AccessWDUN Staff
10:49AM ( 1 week ago )
Lanier Tech wins 2nd straight TCSG Instructor of the Year Award
For the first time in the history of Georgia's technical colleges, a school has back-to-back winners of the coveted Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction.
By AccessWDUN Staff
8:44AM ( 1 week ago )