Georgia Lobbyists Spending Rules Approved

050331 - ATLANTA, GA - Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson (cq, R-Hiram) swings his gavel to adjourn the 2005 Legislative session sine die just before midnight Thursday, March 31, 2005. (BEN GRAY/AJC staff)
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The Georgia Senate has unanimously approved a sweeping ethics reform bill that limits lobbyist spending.

The bill was approved shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday on the final day of the 2013 legislative session. The House must still approve the bill before it can be sent to Gov. Nathan Deal. The House vote was expected shortly.

The bill prevents lobbyists from spending more than $75 at a time on lawmakers. Lobbyists could not pay for entertainment expenses or foreign travel for lawmakers.

People will have to register as lobbyists if they are reimbursed more than $250 from third-party groups to cover lobbying expenses

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