Tampa — State Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, who was the only dissenting vote on a legislative ethics panel that this month levied a $5,000 fine on Senate Rules Chairman Don Balfour, R-Snellville, said Wednesday he has asked Attorney General Sam Olens to consider a criminal investigation.
Olens, set to address the Republican National Convention this evening, confirmed receipt of McKoon’s request, but declined any further comment.
The Senate Ethics Committee faulted Balfour for billing the state for mileage while out of town on lobbyist-funded trips, and for failing to create a subcommittee to audit all senators’ reimbursement vouchers.
In a minority report, McKoon outlined why he thought Balfour was deserving of a harsher punishment. Read it here.
McKoon, a delegate at the Tampa said he sent Olens a copy of his minority report, plus a brief cover letter requesting the investigation.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider