GA HB 723
Should Georgians support Rep. Stover in his effort to stop potential conflicts of interest for General Assembly members by prohibiting employment in a non-elective position in state government for members in office or who have been out of office for less than one year?
RESULTS AS OF January 24, 2016
13% of Counties Reported
100% Voted YES | 0% MAYBE | 0% NO
David Stover (R – Newnan) District 71 is proposing any person in the Georgia Assembly currently serving or members who have been out of office less than one year be prohibited from serving in a non-elective position in state government. Careful observers of this non-partisan issue may remember that Sen. Jason Carter attacked this type of cronyism in the State government during his bid for the governor’s seat in 2014.
Survey Respondent Comments
I am all for stopping crony capitalism and corruption in government. Closing the revolving doors between government and big business and government and state jobs is a beginning. Serving the public in an elected position does not entitle one to a job with special interest businesses or lucrative state jobs.I would prefer to returning to the days when “sacrifice” was the key element of public service to the people. I would like term limits and a reduction in campaign length. No more career politicians.Thanks,
Just tired of the Good Ol’ Boy program that does not bother to consider whether someone is really qualified or proper for the position. This kind of behavior is what breeds all the cronyism we suffer through and are victimized by today.
All we have now is croynism. Same people going from one job to the next.
Elected officials should not be give State jobs after serving in an elected position.
Family members should be unable to work as lobbyists as well, as in the case of Saxby Chambliss’s son who became an agricultural lobbyist while his dad was still in office.
Too much cronyism in government, one year minimum time away from elected office is best.
Our elected officials need to demonstrate their allegiance to the people who elected them before being swayed by the powers who can line their personal pockets by buying their vote or or doing their dirty work. It is unfortunate that we have to consider legislation to prohibit this cronyism. It only addresses the first layer of bad behavior. I am sure the various Chamber of Commerce and CIDs will help by providing private sector golden eggs.
Stop being a liability to Georgia taxpayers and get a real job and generate some revenue rather than being on the dole.
I consider this to be double dipping and I am strongly against this.
Yes, except change “one year” to “two years”.
Hopefully, it will impede cronyism and limit the amount of time ‘politicians’ are permitted to be involved in decision making. We need government by the people and for the people.
This should be expanded to include members of the Representatives direct family.
Elected Representatives and their direct family members should be prohibited from taking jobs with significant product/service providers to the State while in office and for one year following holding office.
I would be in favor of this legislation while a representative or Senator was in office and until the end of their term. As long as they completed their term or were unable to assume a new job until the full term was completed (with or without them in their position) I would be OK.
In other words, I think it would not be right to keep a person from accepting a government job after the term was over (even for 1 year). They should be able to wait until their full length of their term is over then accept a government job.
I do think that if they are offered a job as a quid-pro-quo for some vote and it is proven, then that should be illegal.
I believe this is would help prevent “buying” influence. GA already has a very poor reputation as being corrupt in our State government. This would be a good place to start addressing that.
Yes, some legislators see their election as a means getting appointed to a government job. This is actually stated during election time to young people who are working on campaigns. It is wrong and it needs to be stopped at every level. This is a great start.
Legislators are elected to do the work of the people for the term. Outside lobbying interests should not have undo influence in their voting record by persuasion of a possible favor or future job. That’s just plain wrong and stinks of crony capitalism.
I like the Senates version better, 1 year is not long enough!
Passage of this bill could reassure constituents that the person they elect to serve them for the term of office in the General Assembly won’t be persuaded to vote for legislation based on promises of much higher paying state government jobs!
Yes, I believe the bill has the right intent to prohibit legislators, who have paid to play, in the governors appointment system of rewarding them for supporting the governors stance in a big initiative that the governor wants passed.
However, the Survey Question does not accurately depict the language and accuracy of the bill with it stating “”in his effort to stop potential conflict of interest for Assembly-persons (members) after they leave their elected offices””. The conflict of interest is happening, while the legislator is in elected office, not after they leave their elected offices. And let me just quickly explain this conflict of interest, so that there will be no confusion; it is the conflict that the elected representative/legislator is not necessarily making the best possible decision or vote for their constituents (the voters), but rather doing the bidding of the governor, and be damned with the outcome for the voting public on the whole! These assembly members/legislators are being coaxed, tempted, rewarded for their loyalty to the governors agenda, and then being paid handsomely in good paying, taxpayer-funded jobs for doing the governors bidding to get his legislation passed; while they are in elected office. And frankly in a lot of cases this legislation does not benefit the citizenry or taxpaying public in the state of Georgia in any way, shape, or form; but it certainly does put the public on the hook for another upper-level paying taxpayer funded job!
Governors have historically rewarded legislators with employment, but Governor Nathan Deal has taken this to a new level, of being particularly active in creating a pipeline for lawmakers to move into good-paying taxpayer funded jobs. This is cronyism corruption that allows the governor to place undo sway on members of the General Assembly to do his bidding and get rewarded, or not to do his wishes and suffer retaliation in some form or fashion. This is not just limited to the governors office, but happens with the speaker, David Ralston and the Lt. governor, Casey Cagle in their spheres of influence and control.
The longtime House Ethics Chairman, Joe Wilkinson says he doesn’t quite see the problem, “”When you’ve got talented people willing to be part of public service, you shouldn’t deny or delay them.”” I suppose the talented people willing to prostitute themselves on behalf of the governor and be part of public service are the same group of people that should not be denied or delayed from being yes men and women to the ever-ending growth of Bigger Government, Crony-Corruption, and keeping the status quo alive and well and rotten in Denmark; but I feel sure he will not admit that was what he meant in so many words, when he made his profound quote on talented people!
So, the bill has merit and should be passed, but the survey question is confusing and sucks the way it is worded!
To me, it’s just common-sense. I support any legislation that keeps the Legislature and State Government at arm’s-length.
Yes, we can see that using their office may impact themselves, while not always being in the best interest of us their constituents or area we live in.
Support HB 723 as written (Jan/13/2016)
Have witnessed to many pushing some particular BAD BILL and when it gets passed they end up in some really cushy job appointed to the position by the Gov or he uses his influence to make sure it happens.
This will not solve the problem, and will restrict what jobs people can retain/obtain.
To prevent more of the corruption GA is already famous for.
delay should be two years
This legislation is needed. More effort that will curtail graft and corruption between government and the private sector will be welcome – this bill is a good start. Now, let’s set back and see who opposes or attempts to rewrite and weaken the language and intent.
Removes moral dilemma and conflict of interest.
The state Judicial Nominating Commission should select candidates for judgeships based on their past adherence to the US and Georgia Constitutions to avoid the appointment of rogue judges. Legislators who are Attorneys should have a score of 70% on elect the right candidate.us to be recommended.
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