House Bill 1112 was passed on the last day of the 2008 legislative session and went into effect July 1. Under the law, candidates for state and local offices and other groups can now send out literature anonymously and be immune to liability. The legislation, originally dubbed as routine, originated with the Secretary of State’s office and was presented to clarify and simplify parts of the state’s election code.
Senator John Wiles (R-Marietta) the chairman of the Senate committee dealing with the bill, struck the section that moved the issue to the ethics commission. An article in the Atlanta Constitution stated that Wiles contends the mandated disclosure of the person or group responsible for mailing is unconstitutional.