Ethics Committee doesn't have jurisdiction now that Ford's resigned

Despite the corruption scandal and the Senate ethics investigation surrounding Senator John Ford, he is a veteran lawmaker which means he's entitled to a state-funded pension.

Only five other lawmakers had been in Nashville longer than Senator Ford.

He was first elected in 1974.

I'm told he will get to keep both his pension and state-funded benefits since he resigned from office.

Ford would have lost those entitlements if he had been voted out.

Ron Ramsey, chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, tells Action News Five the hammer was about to fall on Ford.

The committee had received pretty damning evidence of ethics violations from the attorney general's office.

Ramsey believes the votes were there to oust Ford.

He says it appears as if Ford was living a double life in the legislature.

"The personable, bright, articulate Ford who kept up with legislation...the other side that misused his office for personal gain," said Ramsey.

Despite his hard work on behalf of his Shelby County district, Ramsey tells me the state senate is better off now that John Ford is no longer serving.

Because of that--the senate code of ethics no longer applies.

No word on how or if the attorney general's office will proceed.