Eastman plans to seek hearing on ethics finding
By BECKY BOHRER
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska state lawmaker says he plans to seek a formal hearing into an ethics panel finding that he improperly disclosed to a member of the public the existence of a complaint that was considered confidential.
A subcommittee of the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics said Thursday it found probable cause that Republican Rep. David Eastman violated ethics law. It recommended he lose his seat on the ethics committee.
The alleged violation occurred in May.
Eastman says he didn't have access to confidential information until August and it's not possible the leak could have come from him.
He declined comment on an Alaska Journal of Commerce report that said he told one of its reporters during an interview in late April that an ethics complaint had been filed against another legislator.
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