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Work remains to be done on ethics bills

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ATLANTA -

Georgia lawmakers face big differences on ethics legislation as the General Assembly nears a conclusion. Some conservative groups strongly object to one part of proposed rules on lobbying from the state House.

Debbie Dooley of the Atlanta Tea Party gave an emotional warning to state House leaders on Tuesday.

"We are not going to forget this, by God, the line is in the sand," Dooley said. "To be stabbed in the back like the House members are doing. This vote is typical, it will follow them no matter where they go."

The anger centers on a provision of House ethics legislation that would require more people to register as lobbyists, including unpaid advocates.

Both the House and Senate have passed ethics bills. Negotiators will have to iron out differences as the end looms for this year's legislative session.

The pressure for stronger ethics rules includes a call to act from Gov. Nathan Deal.

"I do think that it is good for both bodies that they have very clearly-defined ethics rules in place. I think it does something to restore public confidence in the legislative process," Deal said.

Following final negotiations on bills on Wednesday, the legislature is set to adjourn on Thursday.

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