State agencies, Falcons owner chip in tickets for lawmakers ahead of Georgia Dome vote

The Georgia World Congress Center has given state lawmakers thousands of dollars in tickets to enjoy football games, Wrestlemania and monster truck races from a luxury box, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of lobbying records shows.

Some of the recipients sit on a little-known legislative committee charged with overseeing that state authority, which is poised to ask legislators to boost its borrowing limit as part of a deal to build a $1 billion retractable-roof stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.

The panel’s current members have received more than $9,000 worth of gifts since 2010, when key legislation was passed that set the stage for the proposed stadium. Some said they were concerned about accepting gifts as negotiations over a new stadium heated up. Others were unapologetic.

The legislative panel has attracted little attention but nice perks. Officials say the 12 members of the Georgia World Congress Center Legislative Overview Committee get first dibs on the coveted luxury box seats at the Georgia Dome.

Pick up Tuesday’s print or tablet edition of the AJC for the full report on the aggressive lobbying efforts by supporters of the new stadium.

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