Commission hearing complaint against Arkansas treasurer

Commission hearing complaint against Arkansas treasurer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Ethics Commission has convened behind closed doors to decide whether there is probable cause in a complaint filed against Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan.

Little Rock attorney and liberal blogger Matt Campbell filed the complaint against the Republican treasurer last year. He alleges Milligan misused public resources while in his previous office as Saline County circuit clerk and that he hired the spouses of two state legislators without proper approval.

Campbell initially was not present for Tuesday's meeting but attended after returning from an unrelated court hearing in northwest Arkansas.

Changes to the state's ethics law passed in 2014 give officials an opportunity to amend their campaign finance report before the commission considers a complaint. The commission will determine whether the amended reports submitted by Milligan correct "unintentional" violations.

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