HB 10 - Elections; code of conduct for candidates; establish

Georgia House of Representatives - 1995/1996 Sessions

HB 10 - Elections; code of conduct for candidates; establish

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Code Sections - 21-1-3/ 21-1-4
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House Comm: GAff / Senate Comm: / House Vote: Yeas Nays Senate Vote: Yeas Nays ---------------------------------------- House Action Senate ---------------------------------------- 1/13/95 Read 1st Time 1/23/95 Read 2nd Time ---------------------------------------- Code Sections amended: 21-1-3, 21-1-4
HB 10 LC 22 1325 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT 1- 1 To amend Chapter 1 of Title 21 of the Official Code of 1- 2 Georgia Annotated, relating to elections in general, so as 1- 3 to establish a code of conduct for candidates for elective 1- 4 office; to provide for related matters; to repeal 1- 5 conflicting laws; and for other purposes. 1- 6 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. 1- 7 Chapter 1 of Title 21 of the Official Code of Georgia 1- 8 Annotated, relating to elections in general, is amended by 1- 9 adding at its end new Code sections to be designated as Code 1-10 Sections 21-1-3 and 21-1-4 to read as follows: 1-11 "21-1-3. (Index) 1-12 There is established for and within the state a code of 1-13 conduct for candidates for elective office which shall 1-14 read as follows: 1-15 CODE OF CONDUCT FOR CANDIDATES SEEKING ELECTIVE OFFICE 1-16 The Georgia General Assembly, through enactment of the 1-17 Code of Conduct for Candidates Seeking Elective Office, 1-18 acknowledges and affirms to every candidate for public 1-19 office in the State of Georgia the moral obligation to 1-20 adhere voluntarily to these principles. Through Code 1-21 Sections 21-1-3 and 21-1-4, candidates are encouraged to 1-22 present a campaign which adheres to the highest 1-23 principles of honest debate and fair and ethical 1-24 practices. Debate of issues will embrace the democratic 1-25 process while demonstrating integrity and respect for 1-26 the constitutional right of citizens to choose their 1-27 governing representation. Campaigns will be conducted 1-28 so that citizens' understanding and confidence in the 1-29 political process and government are expanded. The goal 1-30 of each candidate will be to foster respect, faith, and 1-31 trust in elected officials and provide a foundation for 1-32 government that will inspire citizens to unite with -1- (Index) LC 22 1325 2- 1 elected officials to resolve the issues that confront 2- 2 our state. 2- 3 Any person who is a candidate for any elective office in 2- 4 this state should: 2- 5 I. Put loyalty to the highest moral principles and to 2- 6 country above loyalty to persons, party, or office. 2- 7 II. Uphold the Constitution, laws, and legal 2- 8 regulations of the United States and the State of 2- 9 Georgia and of all governments therein and never be a 2-10 party to their evasion. 2-11 III. Give his or her earnest effort and best thought 2-12 to the duties of the office sought. 2-13 IV. Seek to find and employ more efficient and 2-14 economical ways of getting tasks accomplished. 2-15 V. Never discriminate unfairly by the dispensing of 2-16 special favors or privileges to anyone, whether for 2-17 remuneration or not, and never accept, for self or 2-18 family, favors or benefits under circumstances which 2-19 might be construed by reasonable persons as 2-20 influencing the performance of the governmental duties 2-21 of the office sought. 2-22 VI. Make no private promises of any kind binding upon 2-23 the duties of office, since a government official has 2-24 no private word which can be binding on public duty. 2-25 VII. Engage in no business with the government, either 2-26 directly or indirectly, which is inconsistent with the 2-27 conscientious performance of the governmental duties 2-28 of the office sought. 2-29 VIII. Never use any information coming to him or her 2-30 confidentially in connection with governmental affairs 2-31 as a means for making private profit. 2-32 IX. Expose corruption wherever discovered. 2-33 X. Adhere to the highest standards of truthfulness in 2-34 all campaign activities, recognizing that untruthful 2-35 campaign statements debase the electoral process, 2-36 lower the repute of government, and cast discredit 2-37 upon all candidates for office. 2-38 XI. Uphold these principles, ever conscious that 2-39 public office is a public trust. -2- (Index) LC 22 1325 3- 1 21-1-4. (Index) 3- 2 (a) The Secretary of State shall provide a depository 3- 3 where candidates seeking elected office may submit items 3- 4 that, in their opinion, are evidence of a violation of the 3- 5 Code of Conduct for Candidates Seeking Elective Office. 3- 6 The depository will be open for public inspection. 3- 7 (b) Items placed in the depository will be held through 3- 8 two campaign cycles before being purged. 3- 9 (c) The Secretary of State will issue a depository 3-10 notification to the author of the item received, or to the 3-11 candidate to whose campaign the item refers, if said 3-12 candidate is not the recognized author of the material. 3-13 Said candidate may respond to the item being placed in the 3-14 depository by submitting to the Secretary of State a 3-15 letter of explanation or rebuttal that will also be placed 3-16 in the depository." SECTION 2. 3-17 All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are 3-18 repealed. -3- (Index)

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