Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle claims to support ethics-reform legislation. And maybe he does. As spokesman Ben Fry noted last week, when Cagle served as a state senator he voted in favor of legislation that would have set a limit of $50 on gifts from lobbyists. Unfortunately, the bill failed.
Now, as lieutenant governor, Cagle is in position to really make a difference on the issue. Yet rather than champion reform, Cagle last week struck what will probably be a fatal blow to a Senate ethics-reform package, including a provision that would put a $100 limit on the value of gifts that lobbyists may shower on legislators.
The bill in question, sponsored by state Sen. Josh McKoon and several other Republican senators, ordinarily would have been referred to the Senate Ethics Committee for hearings, amendments and votes. The Ethics Committee exists in part to perform that very function.
Instead, however, Cagle assigned the bill to the Senate Rules Committee. According to Fry, Cagle sent the