In this Jan. 26, 2012, photo, Republican Rep. Philip Johnson of Pegram discusses his proposal to loosen restrictions on lobbyist receptions for lawmakers during an ethics training session in the House chamber in Nashville, Tenn. Under current law, all 132 state lawmakers must be invited to receptions hosted by employers of lobbyists. Johnson's bill would allow those receptions to be held for just the members of legislative committees in either chamber.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press .
published Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
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A bill would make it easier for lobbyists to wine and dine lawmakers, a move that critics say would be a “step backward” from ethics reforms imposed on the General Assembly after the FBI’s Tennessee Waltz bribery sting of 2005.