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COLUMBUS, Ind. — A group of Columbus firefighters ended up in hot water earlier this month over two all-expense-paid trips financed by potential vendors — a first test of the city's new ethics rules.
The trips to fire truck factories in Wisconsin and Florida were paid for by companies who hope to land an estimated $1.2 million contract for two new city fire trucks. The city's ethics rules prohibit employees, elected officials or volunteer board members from accepting any single gift of more than $50 a year from any company seeking to do business with the city.
No one was disciplined for the trips, but city department heads have since gone through additional training to educate them on the new rules, approved by City Council in June.
Read more details in Friday's edition of The Republic.
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