The House voted April 12 to approve amended legislation that would close a loophole in the state’s ethics laws to require lobbyists to report spending on entertaining legislative staff members. The measure was an amendment to SB 160, a bill that would allow public utilities employee committees to contribute directly to the campaigns of political candidates.
Lawmakers gave final approval to legislation intended to crack down on illegal immigration in Georgia. If signed into law by Gov. Deal, HB 87 would require all businesses with more than 10 employees to use the federal government’s E-Verify system to determine the work eligibility of all new hires. Similar to an Arizona law enacted last year, local and state police would be empowered to detain people while their immigration status is checked.
Both the House and Senate gave final approval to an $18.3 billion state budget plan for fiscal year 2012, which begins July 1. HB 78 was finalized by a conference committee that worked out differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation.