MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama legislators have received ethics
training in Montgomery - the same day the federal fraud trial 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
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.