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Lawmaker files ethics complaint over alleged petition doctoring

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Rep. David Livingston (R-Peoria)

Rep. Isela Blanc (D-Tempe)

By Ben Giles | Arizona Capitol Times

A Republican lawmaker wants Democratic Rep. Isela Blanc investigated by the House Ethics Committee, citing allegations that petition sheets she gathered to block an expansion of school vouchers were doctored.

Rep. David Livingston, R-Peoria, filed an ethics complaint against Blanc on Wednesday, alleging that she engaged in disorderly behavior. That behavior is tied to his belief that the Tempe Democrat knowingly broke state law by improperly filling out a petition sheet as part of the referendum against SB1431, the legislation that gives all Arizona students, albeit enrollment numbers are capped, access to state money for attending private or parochial schools.

There is evidence that a petition sheet Blanc was photographed with was improperly circulated in violation of state law, Livingston wrote in his complaint, as well as serious questions as to whether she falsified that petition sheet, leading Livingston to declare that Blanc “has unequivocally engaged in disorderly conduct” in violation of House rules.

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