ATLANTA – State Representative Viola Davis (D-Stone Mountain) today announced that the Georgia House of Representatives gave final passage to House Bill 1243 on the last day of the 2020 legislative session on Friday, June 26. Rep. Davis, who was appointed chair of the DeKalb County House Ethics Committee, sponsored HB 1243, which would update codes for the DeKalb County Board of Ethics and will be placed on a local ballot as a referendum in November 2020.
“I made a promise to the whistle blowers and government watchdogs in DeKalb County to pass a strong ethics bill during my first term in office,” said Rep. Davis. “I have a special thank you for the co-chairs of the DeKalb County Legislative Delegation, State Representative Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates) and State Senator Emanuel Jones (D-Stone Mountain), for their tireless, hard work to ensure that this ethics bill would overcome the many barriers it encountered throughout the process. I appreciate the updates, patience and hard work of Sen. Jones and State Senator Elena Parent (D-Atlanta) as they made important corrections to the ethics bill in the Senate. I also want to thank all of the legislators in the House and Senate who supported this bill, because no one legislator can accomplish such a critical task without help of his or her colleagues.”
This legislation seeks to address the appointment process and terms of office for members of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics, which were challenged by Judge Asha Jackson in 2017. As a result, the board has remained dormant since August 2018 after the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled that the board was unconstitutional due to its members being appointed by non-elected entities.Continue Reading