Sunday, April 22, 2007

lawmakers complain about ethics straightjacket


State Reps. Dale Ford and John Litz aired their political concerns during a taping of "Legislative Chat," a public affairs talk show produced for public television by East Tennessee State University.

Litz, D-Morristown, said last year's landmark ethics legislation restricting contact between lawmakers and lobbyists has been bad for the legislature.

"A lot of our problems that we're having now is we're never seeing each other outside the legislature," Litz explained. "We never build a bond between each other. I blame a lot of that on the ethics legislation we passed. I think we jumped the gun on it."