About 900 local officials have not filed ethics disclosures

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The state has yet to receive about 900 financial disclosure reports from local elected officials, and the executive director of the Tennessee Ethics Commission says they could face penalties.

Bruce Androphy said those officials who have not filed have received warning letters.

Any who still do not file by the end of April will be ordered to attend a hearing and likely face penalties.

Officials found in violation of the ethics policy can be fined up to $750 over 35 days. If the problem still is not cleared up, then the officials can be fined up to $10,000.

More than 5,000 local officials have filed reports.

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