Georgia speaker’s ethics bill expected this week

House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, is expected to introduce his plan for ethics reform this week, perhaps as soon as Tuesday.

Ralston did not divulge his plans Monday but told a gathering of local elected officials that it would include “common sense relief” to county and city leaders.

Ralston has for months promised to introduce his plan for ethics changes and has said a ban on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers would be included.

His comments to the Georgia Municipal Association would appear aimed at making changes to how local officials file campaign and personal financial disclosure reports.

Gov. Nathan Deal, also at the GMA’s conference, addressed possible changes in ethics rules.

“I do think its an issue that’s not simply isolated at the state level to members of the General Assembly,” Deal said. “I think the expectation that there be higher accountability and levels of conduct should be applied to all levels of government.”

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Staff writer Greg Bluestein contributed to this article.

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