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Ethics committee to examine LaRoque

Posted By Sarah Ovaska On November 17, 2011 @ 9:37 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

House Speaker Thom Tillis told the News & Observer [1] 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 [2] from yesterday about Minority Leader Joe Hackney calling for an ethics probe and our August investigation, “Public money, personal gains [3].”

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 [1]:

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 [4], here’s a list of members.

Members
Co-Chairs
Rep. Paul B. Stam (Co-Chair) House Appointment
Sen. Fletcher Lee Hartsell, Jr. (Co-Chair) Senate Appointment
Legislative Members
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

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URLs in this post:

[1] News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/11/17/1649871/tillis-ill-ask-ethics-panel-to.html

[2] our story: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2011/11/16/pressure-mounts-for-formal-ethics-investigation-of-laroque/

[3] Public money, personal gains: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/public-money-personal-gains/

[4] Legislative Ethics Committee: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/Committees/Committees.asp?sAction=ViewCommittee&sActionDetails=Non-Standing_141

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