Critics Want More Tennessee Lawmaker Disclosures

Nashville (AP) -- Changes to financial disclosure forms have state lawmakers revealing more about their sources of income.

But some critics say the forms still don't go far enough in shining light on lawmakers' business dealings.

State lawmakers voted in 2005 to require more in-depth disclosure of their finances after the exposure of shady consulting relationships between then-senator john ford and contractors with TennCare, the state's expanded Medicaid program.

Most of the changes appeared on last year's disclosure forms, chief among them preventing lawmakers from claiming no changes in their sources of income from their previous disclosure and requiring disclosure of even small sources of income.

Lawmakers are given until April 15th to file their forms to allow them time to review their IRS tax forms.

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