- Associated Press - Saturday, September 3, 2016

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The commission responsible for enforcing Oregon state ethics laws has launched a preliminary investigation of Rep. Jodi Hack, a Salem Republican.

The Statesman Journal reports (https://stjr.nl/2coufzm ) that Ron Bersin, executive director of the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, confirmed the inquiry Thursday. He says state law prevents him from revealing details of the probe.

Hack said in a statement that the complaint was “frivolous” and said she expects it to be quickly dismissed.

South Salem resident Rick Perry said he filed the complaint against Hack in response to a Statesman Journal article that detailed accusations of the lawmaker’s ethics violations.

The story described a Portland police officer’s claims that Hack tried to use her office to benefit her son. Officer Laurent Bonczijk said Hack confronted him at a courthouse and tried to get her son’s traffic tickets erased.

Hack’s 22-year-old son Reece had been issued tickets for driving with a suspended license, failing to pay fines and causing a crash in Portland that sent two the hospital. DMV records show that as of July, Reece Hack’s license is still suspended, pending traffic school and fine payments.


Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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