Ethics training materials for incoming legislators

Take a look at some of the training materials shared with state lawmakers.
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Last week, when newly elected lawmakers came to the statehouse in Augusta for orientation and swearing-in, one of the events organized for them was a seminar on ethics, taught by Natalie Wood, an NCSL ethics specialist.

We thought you’d be interested in the ethics materials Wood distributed to the lawmakers. Here are links to them:

Sorting Right from Wrong (published in NCSL’s State Legislatures magazine, February 2011)

Advice to Avoid Ethical Pitfalls (published in State Legislatures, December 2007)

Blog, Tweet and Post: Proceed with Caution (published in State Legislatures October/November 2011)


John Christie

John Christie is the co-founder, former publisher and former senior reporter of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. He has covered local, state and national politics as a reporter, editor and publisher at newspapers in Maine, Massachusetts and Florida and holds a BA in political science from the University of New Hampshire.

Naomi Schalit

Naomi Schalit is a co-founder of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, which operates The Maine Monitor.
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