ATLANTA - State Sen. Don Balfour will pay $5,000 to settle accusations that he illegally accepted pay for in-state work while records show he was outside of Georgia.
The agreement came after Balfour and his attorney had a private meeting Thursday with the Senate Ethics Committee. The deal means Balfour will not face a public hearing on the accusations ahead of the general election in November.
The Republican from Snellville was accused of accepting daily pay and travel reimbursements when reports filed by lobbyists show he was outside of Georgia. By law, lawmakers can only seek that pay for work done in Georgia.
Balfour earlier repaid the state about $800 in pay and expenses. He chairs a powerful committee that decides which bills get floor votes.