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Panel Dismisses Complaint Vs. Hart

Rep. Rich Wills, R-Glenns Ferry, moved that no further action be taken against Rep. Phil Hart by the House Ethics Committee, and the complaints are now considered resolved by the committee. “I believe what we've observed here today on Rep. Hart has just been a huge concession on Rep. Hart's side,” he said. “Looking at all the things that have happened in the last two days, I believe that there has been a great deal of resolution.” Rep. Dell Raybould seconded the motion, saying it's in recognition that Hart has now voluntarily withdrawn as vice chairman of the House transportation committee. The motion then passed unanimously/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. (Photo/Betsy Russell: Phil Hart, left, and Vito Barbieri, after House Ethics Committee hearing)

Question: Is this a fair exchange: House Ethics Committee dropping complaint against Hart in exchange for his willingness to give up vice chairmanship of Transportation Committee?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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