An issue of critical importance to Georgians recently appeared in the AJC (“Ethics Funding Gets Push,” Metro, Feb. 5). Thanks to legislation in 2013, our state removed itself from the backward few states not covered by any ethics laws. But that was just a beginning. State Sen. Josh McKoon now proposes that the ethics commission be funded separately from the governor’s office. His Senate Resolution 7 would also create a permanent source of funding amounting to $4.9 million, a modest amount for these purposes, but an improvement.
It is to the advantage of not only the citizens of this state, but to the governor’s office and every elected official, that this kind of resolution becomes reality. Any lingering perceptions that “Dracula is in charge of the blood bank” needs to be removed from our legislative process. Happily, there are other initiatives by Democrats to push in this direction — that is, getting this or a similar proposal to a vote before the people.
R. CARY BYNUM, ATLANTA