Georgia university system uses loophole to lobby lawmakers
The Georgia State Captol building. AP photo
ATLANTA (AP) - University System of Georgia officials spent tens of thousands of dollars on football tickets, food and events for state lawmakers despite a law banning many freebies for members of Georgia's Legislature.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/13CHJ1l ) reports records obtained through an Open Records Act request show that lobbyists spent more than $48,000 on state lawmakers through the end of November.
A state law passed in 2013 prohibits lawmakers from receiving free tickets and gifts worth more than $75. However, that law also excluded public employees from being considered lobbyists.
The University System's Vice Chancellor for External Affairs says officials didn't lobby lawmakers to exempt them from the ethics reform bill that was passed last year.
Some lawmakers say University System officials should have to register as lobbyists and report their spending.
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