ATLANTA — A proposal to fight public corruption through statewide grand juries failed Monday by a 2-5 vote in the Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee.

The idea has languished in the General Assembly for decades and has never gained traction. This latest attempt was by Sen. Josh McKoon, a Columbus lawyer and Republican who gained statewide attention as a freshman by proposing a limit to what lobbyists can spend on legislators. That spending cap only became law after both the Republican and Democratic parties placed a question about it as a straw poll on ballots during the 2012 primary, showing overwhelming support from members of both parties. 

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