ethics

Press release from the Courtney Rogers Campaign for District 45; July 30, 2012:  Goodlettsville, TN—State House District 45 candidate Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers (Ret.) asked Speaker Beth Harwell today whether Debra Maggart’s use of her State House office phone number, taxpayer-paid employees and office space as a campaign headquarters. Maggart released her official state number […]

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The compromise plan would change who appoints members to a judicial ethics panel but would keep the reins of power firmly in the hands of judges and retired judges. But complaints to the new Board of Judicial Conduct, which would replace the Court of the Judiciary in July, will still be kept secret.

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Holdouts in the Senate Judiciary Committee have agreed to go along with a compromise to reconstitute the panel that investigates ethics complaints against judges. Members approved the measure unanimously, and the bill now moves toward the Senate floor.

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The upper chamber voted 28-0 to ban elected and appointed public officeholders from using a get out of jail free card for misconduct performed on the taxpayers’ time. Three lawmakers abstained, including one who says the state should look at removing diversion for other crimes, too.

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The Legislature is considering proposals for a new judicial ethics panel, either made up mostly of judges or laypeople.

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The state’s chief ethics guru wants lawmakers to complete required ethics trainings online instead of listening to him lecture yearly about rules on accepting gifts and reporting donations. Drew Rawlins says the move would give lawmakers online access to the latest state ethics rules and flexibility to review those at their leisure instead of crowding into […]

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Press Release from the Tennessee Bar Association, Feb. 24, 2011: New disqualification and recusal standards, procedure urged NASHVILLE, Feb. 25, 2011 — New stricter standards and procedures for determining disqualification and recusal of judges, changes in restrictions on campaign activities by judges, and a new prohibition on judges presiding over cases in which they participate […]

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Tennessee Chief Justice Cornelia A. Clark has publicly stated she opposes making Tennessee judges stand for election — and that she’s sharing her views on the matter with legislators. Sen. Mike Bell suggests a judge engaging in closed-door policy advocacy is akin to a politician offering ex parte input on a case under a court’s consideration.

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Two state Board of Education members never filled out conflict-of-interest forms during their tenure, a review by the state comptroller’s office found, despite a board policy that requires disclosure to help guard against ethics lapses and ensure transparency. In a review of disclosures submitted from 2006 through August 2009, auditors found that two members had […]

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Political hopefuls for seats in the House of Representatives, Senate and governor’s office are facing fines from the Tennessee Ethics Commission for failing to identify their conflicts of interest on time.

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Having worked for former Gov. Don Sundquist and now for a leadership institute, the newest member of a state commission says she brings an appreciation for accountability to the table in her new role as a government-employed ethics watchdog.

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Press Release from Sen. Lowe Finney, D-Jackson, March 4, 2010: Legislators shouldn’t see rates rise as families sacrifice NASHVILLE – Sen. Lowe Finney (D-Jackson) is calling for a freeze on lawmakers’ per diem rate until 2014, saying that legislators shouldn’t receive an increase in per diems until Tennessee’s economy fully recovers. “Tennessee families are struggling […]

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