June 15th, 2009 5:33 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Legislature

Ethics Chief Dismisses Complaints Against House Dems


State Ethics Commission director Ron Bersin quickly rejected complaints the Oregon Republican Party filed on Thursday against House Speaker Dave Hunt (PDF) (D-Gladstone) and Peter Buckley (PDF) (D-Ashland).

In dismissing the complaints, Bersin wrote that neither complaint provided evidence that either Democrat had violated ORS. 244.010 — the law outlining the "public trust" that Oregon GOP chairman Bob Tiernan alleged the two violated when they offered Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) pork for his district in return for supporting a personal income tax increase.

Here's what Bersin told Tiernan about the complaints in a June 12 letter:
ORS 244.010, as a statement of policy, does not identify a specific prohibited action or restriction on a public official's activity. To initiate a preliminary review, upon receipt of a complaint, there must be specific provisions in Chapter 244 that the complainant believes were violated.
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