Commission discusses rules passed in wake of Tennessee Waltz

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The executive director of Tennessee's Ethics Commission says he hopes state lobbyists will continue to ask questions even after they've attended mandatory sessions on new ethics rules.

Today was the first day of at least four classes conducted by Bruce Androphy on rules that were part of a legislative package of sweeping ethics reform passed last year. Two more two-hour classes are scheduled for this month, with one in September, and a fifth if necessary.

Under the law, lobbyists or their employers must pay $150 to attend one ethics training course annually. Androphy said 400 have registered this year and 131 attended today's session.

He said lobbyists have been calling throughout the year with questions and he hopes this will continue.

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