- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A state Senate disciplinary committee has dismissed a conflict-of-interest complaint filed against a Democratic lawmaker by the Oregon Republican Party.

Meeting for the first time in years, the Senate Committee on Conduct unanimously concluded Thursday that Sen. Chip Shields of Portland didn’t violate Senate rules.

Shields asked state Rep. Lew Frederick to introduce a bill requiring the use of biodegradable lubricants in public construction projects. Shields’ family owns a company that makes such lubricants.

Shields has withdrawn the bill but told the disciplinary committee that nearly all lubricant makers have biodegradable products, so the legislation wouldn’t give his company an advantage.

Frederick disclosed Shields’ role and business interest to a committee that considered the bill.

The Legislature’s lawyer, Dexter Johnson, says Shields’ situation didn’t pose a conflict under the law.

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