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Ethics session to touch on all three complaints

It turns out that the House Ethics Committee will, in fact, be considering Rep. Eric Anderson's ethics complaint against Rep. Phil Hart when it meets in executive session tomorrow, along with two citizen complaints the panel has received. The committee, at its last meeting, requested additional legal review from the Idaho Attorney General's office on the Anderson-Hart complaint; it'll go over that during Tuesday's meeting. "In my opinion, they're treating this as an extension of that preliminary investigation," said Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane. However, Ethics Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, said he anticipates only an executive session tomorrow morning, and that no decisions will be made; none can be made in a closed session.

That means the committee would have to schedule another meeting to take any action stemming from its closed-door discussion tomorrow.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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