A state lawmaker's bill that would change regulations for auctioneers has drawn opposition, as well as concerns about a potential conflict of interest.
Cities and counties have opposed the bill sponsored by state Rep. Katie Dempsey, a Rome Republican, saying that its proposed changes would penalize taxpayers. They fear it would force government entities, sheriffs and businesses to hire licensed auctioneers when they sold inventory or property.
Dempsey, whose family are third-generation auctioneers, disagrees with that interpretation. She tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/19h2mCB) that her measure was "totally pure in intent" and that she doesn't profit from the legislation.
The newspaper reports that good-government groups and some statehouse lobbyists say Dempsey's bill is an example of an all-too-common practice: lawmakers pushing legislation on behalf of their industry or the family business.