Legislator could be dismissed from ethics committee

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Freshman republican David Eastman disclosed the existence of a confidential complaint and could face censure.

The Alaska Journal of Commerce reported that Eastman had told them during an interview that a complaint had been filed against another lawmaker Gabrielle LeDoux.    The House subcommittee of the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics said they found probable cause that Eastman violated state ethics laws by disclosing this information.

Eastman could be removed from his seat on the ethics committee.  Eastman could seek a formal hearing before the committee.  Eastman was censured last May for comments he made that some Alaska women try to get pregnant to get a free trip to the city for abortions.

Also Thursday, the House ethics subcommittee announced it had dismissed a complaint against Eagle River Republican Rep. Dan Saddler. The panel said the complaint involved Saddler's mention of a promotion for a commercial business event on the House floor and a member of Saddler's staff using state resources to send an email to legislative email addresses promoting the event.


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