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House ethics committee to meet Tuesday on Patterson case

Daniel Patterson

The Arizona House Ethics Committee will meet Tuesday to further consider fellow legislators’ complaint against Rep. Daniel Patterson.

The meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. That’s also the deadline for the Tucson independent to file any response to a report submitted last week by House-hired investigators who are recommending his expulsion.

The original complaint against Patterson stems from domestic violence allegations made by his ex-girlfriend, but the investigators’ report also concluded that his behavior at the House 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 in Tucson city court to misdemeanor charges related to incidents involving his ex-girlfriend.

Patterson was elected as a Democrat but he recently changed his registration to independent.

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