Atlanta Bribery Scandal Leads To Changes At City Hall

Last month, Atlanta released more than a million pages of documents related to a federal investigation into bribery at city hall.
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A bribery scandal involving contractors who did business with the city of Atlanta has led the city to change some of its laws.

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The Atlanta City Council agreed to a new ordinance Monday aimed at making emergency contracts more transparent.

Those are contracts where the city has to make a quick decision because there’s an event like a snowstorm.

According to the new law, the procurement office needs to explain why it chose one contractor over another during the emergency and also justify any costs above a certain amount in the contract.

The office then must make that contract public within three days.

Two contractors have admitted to federal prosecutors that they paid more than a million dollars in bribes to win city bids.