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BOISE -- Before creating laws in the 2013 Legislature, Idaho lawmakers will get some pointers on how to police themselves with formal ethics training.

The four-hour-long training is scheduled for the second week of January and on the third day of the session, and follows a string of ethical lapses and questions about Idaho lawmakers' conduct over the last several years.

Republican Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill of Rexburg and Republican House Speaker Lawerence Denney of Midvale decided to institute the training for lawmakers.

Hill told The Spokesman-Review that breaches of ethical behavior over the last few years led to the decision to put lawmakers through ethics training.

He says the training will help remind lawmakers that the public holds them to high standards.

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