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Arizona Ethics Committee Dismisses Compliant Against Lawmaker

The chairman of the Arizona House ethics committee has dismissed a complaint saying a lawmaker violated the state constitution by working as an unpaid reserve deputy marshal for the city of Tombstone.

Committee chairman Representative T.J. Shope said in a letter he dismissed the complaint against fellow Republican Representative Anthony Kern after receiving a legal opinion from the Legislative Council.

Those independent attorneys concluded the unpaid post didn’t violate the Constitution’s ban on lawmakers holding certain government jobs.

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Shope said it was clear based on the opinion that Kern didn’t violate the law. Kern served as a volunteer marshal from February 2017 until March of this year.

The ethics complaint was filed by a political operative and sought Kern’s expulsion. Kern denied wrongdoing.