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Minority Leader Joe Stengel Steps Down Over Ethics Investigation

By: AP
By: AP

Republican state Representative Joe Stengel resigned as House minority leader Thursday, after constituents requested an ethics investigation into per diem payments he collected while on vacation.
Stengel called a Republican caucus later in the day to elect a successor.
The questions came over $891 he collected while on vacation in Hawaii and taking the bar exam. Stengel says he also did legislative work in Hawaii but would return the payments.
The news came after lawmakers last week announced an ethics investigation into campaign contributions solicited by state Senator Deanna Hanna.
The Democrat apologized Monday for seeking a 14-hundred dollar campaign contribution as "reparations" from a group that backed her election opponent.


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