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Ethics panel may meet on Arizona Senate GOP leader

Sen. Ron Gould, the Ethics Committee chairman, said he's willing to explore a formal ethics complaint against his fellow Republican, Sen. Scott Bundgaard. The call for an ethics investigation comes in the wake of a Feb. 25 highway scuffle Bundgaard and his then girlfriend, Aubrey Ballard, afterwhich, Bundgaard was given legislative immunity from criminal charges. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Sen. Ron Gould, the Ethics Committee chairman, said he's willing to explore a formal ethics complaint against his fellow Republican, Sen. Scott Bundgaard. The call for an ethics investigation comes in the wake of a Feb. 25 highway scuffle Bundgaard and his then girlfriend, Aubrey Ballard, afterwhich, Bundgaard was given legislative immunity from criminal charges. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

The Arizona Senate Ethics Committee’s chairman says he’s willing to have a hearing on Senate Majority Leader Scott Bundgaard but doesn’t want to do anything that could taint any possible future criminal proceedings.

Several Democratic senators have called for an ethics probe if Bundgaard doesn’t resign from the Legislature because of a Feb. 25 alleged domestic violence incident involving Bundgaard’s now former girlfriend.

The Peoria Republican has denied any wrongdoing and says he won’t quit and expects to clear his name.

Ethics Committee Chairman Ron Gould says he’s willing to have an investigation and won’t try to shield Bundgaard.

However, Gould says he doesn’t want to jeopardize any criminal proceedings. He says the next step might be to have his committee meet to discuss what to do next and when.

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