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State lawmakers plan refresher course on ethics

Posted: August 27, 2013 at 3:52 p.m.

Arkansas House and Senate leaders say lawmakers will meet for a refresher course on the state's ethics laws after a state senator resigned over his campaign spending money on clothes, home theater equipment and other personal items.

Senate and House leaders said Tuesday they're planning to hold a seminar on ethics and campaign finance laws on Sept. 26. The meeting is aimed at answering lawmaker's questions about state ethics rules and other issues.

The meeting is being held following Democratic Sen. Paul Bookout's resignation over a panel's finding that he spent thousands in campaign dollars on personal items.

Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr also faces a complaint before the Ethics Commission over his campaign classifying money spent at gas stations and restaurants as fundraising expenses.

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