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Panel recommends suspension of Ga. lawmaker

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State Sen. Don Balfour (Chris Francis/FOX 5 Atlanta) State Sen. Don Balfour (Chris Francis/FOX 5 Atlanta)

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's office says a panel has recommended the suspension of a Republican lawmaker accused of illegally claiming state pay.

A grand jury indicted state Sen. Don Balfour in September on felony charges of making a false certificate, theft by taking and a count of false statement and writing. He's accused of illegally claiming legislative expense pay and double-billing the state and his private employer for at least one expense.

An attorney for Balfour didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

Two Republican state lawmakers and a retired Georgia Supreme Court chief justice held a hearing Wednesday to determine whether to suspend the Snellville Republican.

Under the Georgia Constitution, Deal must now suspend Balfour pending the outcome of his criminal case or until the expiration of his term.

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