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Ethics Policy Change Doesn't Address Tickets

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Augusta, GA -

 Augusta commissioners put some teeth into the city ethics policy.

Now any commissioner guilty of doing city business will be barred from doing any future work for five years after they leave.

But city leaders took no action to end the practice of commissioners getting courtesy tickets to events like Falcons games or the Masters.

Ethics Subcommittee Chairman Donnie Smith says there was no public outcry about the tickets and the committee did not want to lose focus on its goal of acting on commissioners doing work with the city.

"This issue about tickets came up during the middle of the ethics committee work it dealt with one commissioner receiving those from a lobbyist or non lobbyist however you get to it the point as we were dealing with this one particular part of the ethics reform we narrowly tailored what we were going to work on," said Commissioner Donnie Smith.

The three commissioners censured in March for doing business with the city all abstained on the vote to change the ethics policy.

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