Title 45, Chapter 1, Section 6
(a) As used in this chapter, the term:
(1) "Commission" means the State Ethics Commission created under Code Section 21-5-4.
(2) "Gift" means a gratuity, subscription, membership, trip, meal,
loan, extension of credit, forgiveness of debt, advance or deposit
of money, or anything of value.
(3) "Person" means an individual, partnership, committee,
association, corporation, labor organization, or any other
organization or group of persons.
(4) "Public employee" means every person employed by the
executive, legislative, or judicial branch of state government or
any department, board, bureau, agency, commission, or authority
thereof. This shall not include elected officials.
(5) "Vendor" means any person who sells to or contracts with any
branch of state government or any department, board, bureau,
agency, or commission thereof for the provision of any goods or
(b) Any vendor who, either directly or through another person, makes
a gift or gifts to one or more public employees exceeding in the
aggregate $250.00 in value during any calendar year shall file a
disclosure report with the commission in the form specified by the
commission listing the amount and date of receipt, the name and
mailing address of any vendor making the gift, and the name,
address, and position of each public employee receiving such a gift.
(c) Each disclosure report required by subsection (b) of this Code
section shall be filed with the commission not later than February
1 of each year and shall cover the preceding calendar year.
(d) A report required by this Code section shall be verified by the
oath or affirmation of the person filing such report or statement
taken before an officer authorized to administer oaths. Each report
required in a calendar year shall contain cumulative totals of all
gifts which have been made or received and which are required to be
(e) In addition to other penalties provided under this Code section,
a filing fee of $50.00 shall be imposed for each report that is
filed late. In addition, a filing fee of $25.00 shall be imposed on
the fifteenth day after the due date if the report has still not
(f) The commission is vested with the same powers with respect to this Code section as enumerated in Code Section 21-5-6.
(g) Venue for prosecution of civil violations of this Code section
or for any other action by or on behalf of the commission shall be
in the county of residence of the accused person at the time of the
alleged violation or action.
(h) Any person who knowingly fails to comply with or knowingly
violates this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.