Tennessee lawmakers consider changes to ethics overhaul

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Some state lawmakers are still confused over what's allowed under Tennessee' ethics law when it comes to meeting with special interest groups trying to influence legislation.

Several lawmakers expressed concern at the Joint Ethics Committee on Tuesday about the 100-page ethics law passed after the Tennessee Waltz corruption sting that led to the convictions of five former lawmakers.

Many are frustrated that the sweeping ethics law passed nearly two years ago is hampering them from meeting with constituents and hearing their wishes and concerns.

The committee was created to address questions about whether to change restrictions placed on entertainment by special interests and about the Ethics Commission's responsibilities.

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