Curb sought on last-minute lawmaking in Georgia

Posted at 2:21 PM, Jan 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-21 09:33:26-05

ATLANTA (AP) - A state senator wants a rule requiring that Georgia's state lawmakers get at least one day to read legislation before they vote.

Republican state Sen. Joshua McKoon said Tuesday that he wants the rule to deter last-minute surprises - some accidental, some deliberate - that happen when lawmakers rush to pass their bills on the final day of the legislative session.

By law, Georgia's General Assembly only meets for 40 working days. Legislation that does not pass by midnight of the last day automatically fails for the year.

In 2012, a committee tried using a hunting and fishing bill to weaken disclosure requirements for the state's ethics commission. Last year, lawmakers passed new lobbying limits after last-minute changes that appear to have opened new loopholes.