UPDATED: Before the legislative session started, House Speaker Thom Tillis confronted a controversy about his aides inappropriate relationships with lobbyists by saying he would implement a code of conduct for his staff.
But more than two months later -- and in the final days of the legislative session -- the policy apparently isn't in place and no copy has been made public.
This is what Tillis said May 1: "What I am going to do to remove any doubts about that in the future is to implement non-fraternization policies and other codes of conduct that will make it clear ... that we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard than the law actually requires."
Tillis made those remarks in a conference call with reporters announcing a second staffer would resign after he discovered an inappropriate relationship. When he came to the N.C. House, Tillis said he took a policy with his legislative aide that spoke to inappropriate relationships, echoing one he used in the private sector. As speaker, he voiced those policies to his new staff but didn't implement it formally, he said.
In the call, Tillis said he would do so soon and suggested the policy may be available for public review that day. It wasn't. A couple weeks ago, Tillis told reporters the policies were still being reviewed by attorneys but would be ready by now.