The Latest: Lawmaker says he didn't disclose complaint

Published 07-17-2018

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on a legislative ethics complaint in Alaska (all times local):

2:55 p.m.

An Alaska state lawmaker says he did not disclose the existence of a confidential ethics complaint to a reporter.

Republican Rep. David Eastman testified at a formal hearing before a legislative ethics panel Tuesday.

An ethics subcommittee in January said it had found probable cause that Eastman violated ethics law by disclosing the existence of a complaint that was considered confidential.

The subcommittee recommended that Eastman lose his seat on the ethics committee and the state House removed him, which he has argued was premature.

Eastman says he takes ethics issues seriously.

The Alaska Journal of Commerce in January reported Eastman told one of its reporters last year that a complaint had been filed against another legislator and suggested the reporter check with the ethics office.

Eastman's attorney disputed that characterization.

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Eastman says he takes ethics issues seriously.

The Alaska Journal of Commerce in January reported Eastman told one of its reporters last year that a complaint had been filed against another legislator and suggested the reporter check with the ethics office.

Eastman's attorney disputed that characterization.

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12:20 p.m.

A legislative ethics panel is hearing whether an Alaska state representative violated ethics law by disclosing to a reporter the existence of a complaint that was considered confidential.

Republican Rep. David Eastman requested the formal hearing on the subcommittee's probable cause finding, released earlier this year.

The panel recommended Eastman be censured in the form of losing his seat on the ethics committee. The state House agreed and removed him in January, but he argues that action was premature.

The Alaska Journal of Commerce in January reported that Eastman told

Eastman's attorney disputed that characterization.

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12:20 p.m.

A legislative ethics panel is hearing whether an Alaska state representative violated ethics law by disclosing to a reporter the existence of a complaint that was considered confidential.

Republican Rep. David Eastman requested the formal hearing on the subcommittee's probable cause finding, released earlier this year.

The panel recommended Eastman be censured in the form of losing his seat on the ethics committee. The state House agreed and removed him in January, but he argues that action was premature.

The Alaska Journal of Commerce in January reported that Eastman told one of its reporters during an interview in April 2017 that a complaint had been filed against another legislator and suggested the reporter check with the ethics office.

Eastman's attorney disputes that characterization.

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