House Speaker Thom Tillis told the News & Observer last night that he plans on having the bipartisan House Ethics Committee look into questions about state Rep. Stephen LaRoque.
For those looking for more background on the problems LaRoque is facing, read our story from yesterday about Minority Leader Joe Hackney calling for an ethics probe and our August investigation, “Public money, personal gains.”
NC Policy Watch had reached out to Tillis’ office for comment several times yesterday, but never received a call back. We’ll let you know if we do.
Here’s what N&O reporter John Frank reported today:
The referral came after House Democratic leader Joe Hackney called for a special legislative commission to investigate Rep. Stephen LaRoque, a Kinston Republican facing questions about whether he violated federal tax laws or ethics policies by using his nonprofit to give loans to two lawmakers and a $200,000 no-interest loan to his own for-profit business, which went unreported on his tax return. LaRoque has denied any improprieties.
Speaking after a town hall forum in Morrisville, Tillis made no direct comments on LaRoque’s actions.
“We’ll have the legislative committee on ethics look at it and decide on whether it’s in their purview,” he said. “If not then we’ll determine what action, if any, that we’ll take.”
For those who want to know who could be deciding if LaRoque’s troubles are in the purview of the bipartisan Legislative Ethics Committee, here’s a list of members.
|Rep. Paul B. Stam (Co-Chair)||House Appointment|
|Sen. Fletcher Lee Hartsell, Jr. (Co-Chair)||Senate Appointment|
|Rep. Richard Brooks Glazier||House Appointment|
|Rep. D. Craig Horn||House Appointment|
|Rep. Carolyn Hewitt Justice||House Appointment|
|Rep. Marvin W. Lucas||House Appointment|
|Rep. Grier Martin||House Appointment|
|Sen. Daniel T. Blue, Jr.||Senate Appointment|
|Sen. Edward Walter Jones||Senate Appointment|
|Sen. E. S. Newton||Senate Appointment|
|Sen. William Robert Purcell, MD||Senate Appointment|
|Sen. Dan Soucek||Senate Appointment|