State Senator Don Balfour has been suspended by a three member panel appointed by Governor Nathan Deal. By GA law, the suspension can only last until the end of the year.
Republican sources also indicate that Balfour hall been stripped of all committee assignments including his Chairmanship. Furthermore, Balfour has been suspended from the Republican caucus indefinitely, and can only be reinstated by 2/3 vote of the members.
The ball is now in Don Balfour’s court to resign. Should he decided to remain a State Senator, he is officially persona non grata at the Capitol.
Update: Received from the Georgia Senate Press Office:
ATLANTA (November 13, 2013) – The Senate Committee on Assignments met today and has made the following changes to Senate committee assignments:
Senator Don Balfour has been removed as Chairman of the Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, and as an Ex-Officio member of the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee.
Senate Rule 2-2.1 allows the Committee on Assignments to remove Senators from committee officer positions and Senate Rule 2-3.2 (b) empowers the Committee on Assignments to remove ex-officio committee members. Senate Rule 2-3.3 prevents the Committee on Assignments from removing Senators from standing committees during a term.
Additionally, the President of the Senate has removed Senator Balfour from the Senate State Fair Tax Study Committee pursuant to Senate Resolution 72.