Alabama legislators get ethics training

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama legislators have received ethics training in Montgomery - the same day the federal fraud trail of state Rep. Sue Schmitz was beginning in Decatur.

The voluntary seminar was organized Tuesday by the Alabama Law Institute and the Legislative Council. About one-fifth of the Legislature was present for the opening of the seminar at the Statehouse. An ethics expert from the National Conference of State Legislatures, Natalie O'Donnell Wood, told legislators that 44 states have passed ethics legislation in the last four years, and it was often after a situation that produced negative headlines.

Schmitz is one of three legislators indicted as a result of a federal and state investigation into Alabama's two-year college system. One pleaded guilty and one was convicted.

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