Panel finds Bethel lawmaker violated ethics rules

Dec 06, 2013 -- 3:30pm
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A Bethel legislator has been fined $5,000 for violating ethics rules. An ethics panel found Rep. Bob Herron failed to disclose a state contract with the Lower Kuskokwim School District, certain board memberships and sufficient detail on joint business ventures with another legislator. He faces additional fines if he doesn't submit detailed disclosures by Dec. 20. The House Subcommittee of the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics also found Herron knowingly filed incomplete financial disclosures with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The public offices commission previously fined Herron for that. Herron told the ethics panel he didn't know the contracts required an ethics disclosure and blamed poor reporting for lack of detail on the business ventures. The committee administrator says Herron can request a public hearing on the fine and complaints.

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