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.
During an MPR interview in front a live audience, Dayton reiterated his support for middle class tax cuts, a big boost in transportation funding and universal prekindergarten during next year's legislative session, all priorities he was unable to achieve in the 2015 session.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, reeling from a new law allowing counties to hire private audit firms to review their finances, said in a statement she has hired outside counsel "to help me assess the implications of this law and its impact on the core function of auditing."