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House ethics panel sets Tuesday meeting on Patterson

Rep. Daniel Patterson, right, D-Tucson, waits to speak with Rep. Cecil Ash, left, R-Mesa, during a House of Representatives legislative session at the Capitol Monday, April 2, 2012, in Phoenix. Investigators for the Arizona House Ethics Committee are recommending that Patterson be expelled from the House, after a complaint was filed stemming from allegations of domestic violence, but their report released Monday by the House covers a wider array of allegations and topics. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

State Rep. Daniel Patterson says he will file a detailed response to a report in which investigators are recommending he be expelled from the Legislature.

Patterson says he’ll file the response by a deadline of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. That’s also when the House Ethics Committee will meet to further consider a complaint by fellow legislators against the Tucson independent.

The agenda includes the possibility of a closed-door executive session during the meeting.

The complaint stems from domestic violence allegations made by Patterson’s ex-girlfriend, but the report also concluded that his behavior has left some lawmakers fearful.

Patterson has denied wrongdoing and says he’s not a threat to anyone at the Capitol.

He has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges related to his ex-girlfriend.

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