Committee approves merging registry, new ethics commission - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Committee approves merging registry, new ethics commission

A legislative committee Wednesday approved folding the existing state Registry of Election Finance into a new state ethics commission.

The House Government Operations Committee  approved the change during the special session on ethics Wednesday.

However, some members expressed concern about the price tag of increased ethics enforcement proposed by the bill.

If approved by the General Assembly, the new arrangement would include reviews, audits, investigations, complaints and potential actions against individuals.

Governor Bredesen has identified the creation of an independent ethics commission as a major priority for the special session, along with tougher regulation of lobbyists and campaign finance reform.

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