Georgia senator's proposed secret recordings ban draws questions, public response

Senate Rules Chairman Jeff Mullis takes to the well to defend the committee assignments Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 in Atlanta. Female senators on both sides of the aisle blasted what they're calling sexism in committee assignments after Sen. Renee Unterman was moved from her powerful position as the chairwoman of the health committee to the lower-profile science and technology. Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan touted the fact that four committees are chaired by women this year. Two women chaired committees last year. Unterman, and Democrats, are arguing that the move is cosmetic, since those committees see very few bills. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

After a secret recording sank his political ally's governor campaign last year, Georgia State Sen. Jeff Mullis and Republican leadership are rallying to block similar bombshells in the future.

Mullis, R-Chickamauga, dropped a bill Tuesday that would ban people in the state from recording somebody without their permission. Georgia is currently a one-party consent state, meaning only one person in a conversation has to know that they are being recorded.

In June, during the early weeks of Casey Cagle's runoff campaign against Brian Kemp in the Republican primary, a damaging recording of Cagle leaked to Atlanta media outlets. During a conversation with Clay Tippins, another Republican governor candidate, Cagle said he pushed a "bad" education bill to keep campaign contributions away from a political opponent.