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Deal Proposes Overhaul Of Ga. Ethics Commission

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File photo of Gov. Nathan Deal. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

File photo of Gov. Nathan Deal. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal is proposing an overhaul of the state ethics commission after a recent jury verdict in favor of an ex-commission employee who claimed retaliation for investigating the governor.

Deal’s spokesman Brian Robinson said Monday that the governor’s proposal would expand the commission and allow each branch of government to appoint four members. The current five-person commission would grow to 12.

Deal told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the commission was “ineffective” in handling its caseload, saying reports that staffers haven’t disposed of a case in several months was inexcusable. Deal says the commission spent nearly a year focusing exclusively on his campaign and ignoring other complaints filed first.

Lawmakers would have to approve any changes.

The commission’s former director was awarded $700,000 by a jury Friday in her whistleblower lawsuit.

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