DeKalb voters would decide whether to approve these changes in a referendum on the ballot in November. If the measure passes, a new Ethics Board would be selected by Dec. 31.
Sen. Emanuel Jones, chairman of the county's Senate Delegation, said he has already begun the process of getting the bill approved in that chamber as part of a slate of local bills.
He has also spoken with Rep. Karla Drenner, the new chairwoman of the county's 16-member House delegation. Jones, D-Decatur, is hoping that a majority of DeKalb House members sign off on the bill and get it moving in that chamber, too.
DeKalb voters in 2015 approved allowing outside groups like the DeKalb Bar Association and Leadership DeKalb to appoint a majority of Ethics Board members as part of an effort to make it more independent. Former Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton soon after filed a lawsuit to challenge those changes.
While her legal challenges and later appeals were pending, the Ethics Board continued to operate as normal. But its activity grinded to a halt once the Supreme Court made its final ruling in August.
In 2017, DeKalb lawmakers considered legislation to allow elected officials to sign off on appointments to the Ethics Board in hopes of making Sutton's lawsuit moot. That effort fell apart when a DeKalb House Delegation committee deadlocked on whether to approve the changes.