Thursday, many spent more than two hours learning about the complicated laws. Representative Bill Owens says he'll just say "no" when it comes to accepting gifts. All lawmakers are going through the ethics training. The new rules, which took effect January First, ban lawmakers from accepting most gifts from lobbyists. But there are a handful of exceptions, largely for public receptions, educational conferences and award plaques. State public officials will also have to fill out expanded financial disclosure statements to highlight potential conflicts of interest. People who intentionally file false information can now be convicted of a felony.