Chapter 189-1 ORGANIZATION
The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission is a regulatory agency entrusted with protecting the integrity of the democratic process and ensuring fair elections for all constitutional, state, county and municipal elections, regulating the disclosure of significant private interests of public officers and officials as designated by the General Assembly and regulating lobbyists and state vendors.
The Commission shall elect a Chair and Vice-Chair from among its members, and other officers, as the Commission may deem necessary. The Chair, Vice-Chair and other officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the members of the Commission.
No former member or Executive Secretary of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission or counsel to the Commission shall, after the termination of his or her service on or employment with the Commission, represent any person or entity, other than the State of Georgia, by making any formal appearance or any oral or written communication with the intent to influence a decision of the Commission, until at least one year has elapsed since the termination of his or her service on or employment with the Commission.
The physical and mailing address of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission will be as designated on the Commission's official website, www.ethics.ga.gov.
Each calendar year at its first regularly scheduled meeting of the year the Commission shall review the maximum campaign contribution limits imposed by the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Act. After a review of the inflation or deflation rate as determined by the Consumer Price Index as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Unites States Department of Labor, the Commission may raise or lower the maximum campaign contribution limits in $100.00 increments for all elected offices. The failure to raise or lower the maximum contribution limits at its first regularly scheduled meeting of the year shall have the effect of a rejection by the Commission of the need to raise or lower the maximum contribution limits, but the Commission may, on motion, raise or lower such limits at other times during the year.
The retention schedule for all documents received by the Commission shall be five years unless otherwise provided by law or written direction of the Commission.
Any interested person may petition the Commission in writing to request the promulgation, amendment or repeal of a rule. The petition shall contain the name, address and phone number of the petitioner, as well as a clear and concise statement as to the rule in question or the subject matter upon which a rule is requested. The Commission or staff shall, within thirty days of the receipt of said petition, deny the petition in writing or initiate rule making proceedings in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 50-13-4.
Any and all reports required to be filed with the Commission shall be filed by electronic means, unless otherwise accepted by way of Commission vote.
Except for city, county, and school board officials, each individual required to file reports or disclosure statements with the Commission shall provide a current e-mail address and shall advise the Commission of any change to such address within ten days of the change.