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Another lawmaker has filed a formal complaint against the Clatskanie Democrat, related to a recent incident.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Rep. Brad Witt, a Democrat from Clatskanie, will temporarily give up a committee chairmanship while a complaint against him is investigated. An Oregon state representative has offered to temporarily step down from his role leading a legislative committee, following a formal complaint filed by another lawmaker this week.

While the allegations against state Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, are not clear, they were spurred by an incident that occurred on Monday, April 12. A complaint was filed the next day by a representative who sits on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee that Witt chairs.

Because the allegations could fall under the Legislature's rule prohibiting harassment, retaliation and creating a hostile work environment, they are now the subject of an independent investigation. They also spurred a hearing on Friday of the House Conduct Committee, which handles such complaints, to determine whether interim safety measures needed to be put in place.

Witt did not offer details on what occurred, but said he believes "101% that it will be found that there was no ill intent on my part whatsoever, but rather an attempt to further the committee interests."

To see the full Oregon Public Broadcasting story, click here.


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