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Ethics Committee Clears Rep. King in Probe of Reimbursements

An ethics committee Friday cleared Rep. Steve King of a violation in connection with travel expenses shortly after he apologized to his colleagues and reimbursed the state in a related matter, The Denver Post reports. The Grand Junction Republican told the House that in answering the ethics complaint filed against him by Colorado Ethics Watch, he found an issue that hadn’t been raised: He overcharged taxpayers for a rental car.

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Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: Rep. Steve King got a slap on the wrist Friday but was cleared of violating ethics rules over his handling of travel expenses. A House ethics committee ruled the Grand Junction Republican did not intend to enrich himself by getting reimbursed for gasoline and a rental car from his campaign account and a state travel reimbursement at the same time. But the panel of three Democrats and two Republicans said King handled the matter poorly.

Associated Press: The House Ethics Committee cleared Republican Rep. Steve King of accusations he violated ethics rules on Friday after King apologized to fellow Colorado lawmakers for “accounting errors” and said he has reimbursed the state for $914.53 for keeping a deposit on a rental car. “I am angry at myself for disappointing the people I am here to serve, and even more than that, I realize my error could reflect badly on the House of Representatives,” King told the 65 members of the House on Friday. “I am truly sorry.”

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