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Inside Story: House Says Ethics Can Wait Another Year

From Phil Williams:

So how many lawmakers does it take to pass ethics rules?

I don't know, but apparently 99 isn't enough.  And here's the problem: that's no joke.

More than three months ago, I revealed that the state House had failed to renew its ethics rules back in 2007-- meaning they've essentially operated without rules for the past three years.

The chairman of the ethics committee, Rep. Ulysses Jones, D-Memphis, promised me that he'd bring a resolution to the House floor very quickly.

Well, so far, the House has considered almost 200 resolutions: one to give former House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh the title of "speaker emeritus," several to honor high school valedictorians and dozens to thank legislative interns for their service.

But not a single one on ethics.

Members of the House ethics committee say Republicans and Democrats have different ideas about what ought to be in those rules.

And when Jones has tried to scheduled meetings of the ethics committee, they've had trouble getting enough members to show up.

Now, House members say they'll just have to try again next year.

So we'll just have to wait and see if they joke is really on us.

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