By the AJC Editorial Board
Benign neglect (noun) — “An attitude or policy of ignoring an often delicate or undesirable situation that one is held to be responsible for dealing with.”
That dictionary definition describes a favorite tactic used by politicians to quietly tamp down unpopular sentiments, perceived problems or other matters that they just wish would go away. Actions, or inaction, used to handle these matters include stonewalling, waiting out the storm, putting unwanted legislation on a slow path to a certain demise, and so on.
That should not happen with ethics reform in Georgia. The march toward more-stringent rules governing lobbyists’ interactions with lawmakers and state officials mustn’t stop.
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