The Latest: Panel weighing lawmaker complaint adjourns

Published 07-18-2018

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

6:20 p.m.

A legislative ethics panel deliberating whether an Alaska lawmaker violated ethics law has adjourned without announcing a decision.

A panel member said Tuesday evening that the panel had completed its work in executive session.

But the result of the deliberations was not announced before the panel adjourned.

In January, an ethics subcommittee said it found probable cause that Rep. David Eastman violated ethics law by disclosing the existence of a complaint that was considered confidential.

A formal hearing was held Tuesday.

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 said he did not disclose the existence of a confidential complaint to a reporter.

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A formal hearing was held Tuesday.

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 said he did not disclose the existence of a confidential complaint to a reporter.

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5:15 p.m.

A legislative ethics panel is deliberating on whether an Alaska lawmaker violated ethics law.

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

Eastman requested a formal hearing on that finding, which was held Tuesday.

The panel began its deliberations late Tuesday afternoon. It wasn't immediately clear when a decision would be announced.

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Eastman said he did not disclose the existence of a confidential complaint to a reporter.

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5:15 p.m.

A legislative ethics panel is deliberating on whether an Alaska lawmaker violated ethics law.

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

Eastman requested a formal hearing on that finding, which was held Tuesday.

The panel began its deliberations late Tuesday afternoon. It wasn't immediately clear when a decision would be announced.

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 said he did not disclose the existence of a confidential complaint to a reporter.

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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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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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