The New York State Commission on Public Integrity said Tuesday the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and two other lobbying groups are suspected of holding receptions where lawmakers were offered food and drink in excess of the value allowed by law.

The commission’s acting executive director, Barry Ginsburg, said the panel has found “sufficient evidence” to indicate ethics rules may have been violated by the bar group, which held a Dec. 19, 2008, Albany reception for lawmakers.

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