Ethics panel won't investigate Ellison for protest arrest
October 31, 2013 — 1:56pm
The U.S. House Ethics Committee will not investigate U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and seven other lawmakers who were arrested during an October 8 immigration protest.
A report issued Wednesday says the issue is resolved because the members involved paid a $50 fine after their arrests and the charges were dropped.
The lawmakers, all Democrats, were arrested as part of a “civil disobedience” demonstration in front of the U.S. Capitol where they blocked streets to draw attention to the issue of immigration reform.
Seven DFL state senators said they would not support a bonding bill if there is no funding approved for the Southwest Light-Rail Transit project, a train that would run between downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie.