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Among several ballot measures next month, Georgia voters will be asked whether they want to change the agency that polices judges in the state, known as the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC). If passed, the constitutional amendment would allow state lawmakers to recreate the commission.

Supporters say the changes are needed because the watchdog agency needs more oversight, but critics say the move would strip the agency of its political independence and effectiveness.

What Does the JQC Do?

Georgia House of Representatives livestream (screenshot by Elly Yu)

A member of Georgia's judicial watchdog agency defended the agency’s work in front of a state House committee Thursday, while agreeing the agency needs changes.

State lawmakers this year passed legislation that would allow voters to decide in November whether or not to overhaul the Judicial Qualifications Commission, which handles ethics complaints against judges.

Courtesy Office of Gov. Nathan Deal

Last week, special investigators released a scathing report on corruption in DeKalb County. In it, investigators Mike Bowers and Richard Hyde called on DeKalb CEO Lee May to resign.

Gov. Nathan Deal appointed May to the position more than two years ago when former CEO Burrell Ellis was indicted on corruption charges. Tuesday, Deal said he doesn’t regret tapping May for the post.

Lee May, interim Dekalb County CEO, speaks in the studio on Aug. 13, 2015.
Stephanie M. Lennox / WABE

The final report on DeKalb County government corruption is due out before the end of the month. Depending on what’s in the report from special investigator Mike Bowers, the investigation may continue, Interim CEO Lee May said.

May said recently there is no more funding for an ongoing corruption investigation, but he seemed to back off that statement during an interview on “A Closer Look,” in which he clarified the remark.  

Dekalb County Interim CEO Lee May and Mike Bowers at the podium
Lisa George / WABE

DeKalb County officials are reacting to a scathing letter that accuses the county's government of being "rotten to the core." It's part of an investigation into corruption in the county.

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