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Patterson’s committee assignments suspended

Rep. Daniel Patterson, D-Tucson (File photo)

House Speaker Andy Tobin has suspended the two committee assignments of Rep. Daniel Patterson, a Tucson Democrat facing an ethics complaint and related criminal charges accusing him of domestic violence.

A spokesman says Tobin suspended Patterson’s assignments Monday because he feels it isn’t appropriate for Patterson to continue serving on committees while the ethics complaint is pending,

Patterson tells The Associated Press he disagrees with Tobin’s action but notes that House committees’ work is mostly done for the current session.

Patterson has denied wrongdoing in connection with incidents involving a former girlfriend and has pleaded not guilty in Tucson city court.

The House Ethics Committee plans to hold a preliminary meeting Tuesday on the complaint that fellow Democrats filed against Patterson.

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