New lawmakers learning about ethics, open records

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AUGUSTA (AP) — The 186 people about to be sworn into the Maine Legislature are getting schooled in ethics and the state’s open records law.

On Tuesday, newly elected lawmakers will attend a seminar on legislative ethics that will include presentations from Maine Attorney General Janet Mills and Walt McKee, chairman of the state’s Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.

The incoming Legislature will also learn about Maine’s Freedom of Access Act, which provides the public access to government documents.

Later Tuesday, lawmakers will mingle at a reception at the Augusta Civic Center.

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The new Legislature will be sworn in by Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday. It will also elect an attorney general, treasurer and secretary of state as well as speaker of the House and Senate president.

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