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Changes ahead for Ga. ethics commission

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By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Some changes are ahead for Georgia's ethics commission.

It's been a tumultuous few years at the commission, which has been mired in staffing issues, lawsuits and allegations of outside influence. As a result, more than 100 cases have remained open for months and sometimes years.

The commission hopes to jumpstart the process of resolving cases by hiring up to two staff attorneys in the next month or two. The commission has been without a staff attorney since January.

In addition, Chairman Kevin Abernethy's term is set to expire July 1 and Atlanta lawyer Mary Paige Adams has been appointed to fill his spot.

Earlier this month, the commission announced it planned to settle with three former employees alleging retaliation stemming from an investigation into complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.

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