Ethics Commission Gets Serious About Ethics

Last Updated Apr 21, 2008 5:57 PM EDT

If the above headline sounds like something you might read in The Onion, that's because this story, out of Nashville, sounds like an Onion plotline.

Two years ago, in the wake of a corruption scandal that sent five lawmakers to jail, Tennessee created a state ethics commission and, along with other reforms, mandated ethics training for government officials and lobbyists. So what's the news? The commission is now recommending fines for those who failed to attend the mandatory training. The current punishment? Nothing.

My faith in government is restored.

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    William Baker is a freelance writer living in Cambridge, MA. His work has appeared in Popular Science, the Boston Globe Magazine, the New York Daily News, Boston Magazine, The Weekly Dig and a bunch of other places (including Field & Stream, though he doesn't hunt and can't really fish). He is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe, where he writes the weekly column, "Meeting the Minds." He holds a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and is at work on his first book.