Latest ethics complaint against New Mexico speaker Brian Egolf dismissed
SANTA FE – A State Ethics Commission hearing officer dismissed the third and final complaint accusing New Mexico Speaker of the House Brian Egolf of failing to disclose a conflict of interest when ‘he lobbied for civil rights legislation approved earlier this year.
Hearing officer James Starznyski, a retired federal bankruptcy judge, said this week in a nine-page notice that the complaint did not prove a “claim on which relief can be granted.”
Another retired judge, Sandra Price, claimed in the complaint that Egolf, a Democrat from Santa Fe, was in conflict because he was working as a lawyer whose company would benefit from the Civil Rights Act of the United States. State that Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham enacted in April.
The measure allows for the filing of lawsuits in a state court to recover financial damages if a public body or agent violates a person’s rights under the State Bill of Rights.
The commission dismissed two more complaints against Egolf in April. He returned the third to the Hearing Officer for review and advice.
Egolf said he believed from the start that the complaint was an attempt to distract him from his job and dissuade him from introducing legislation that he says will benefit all New Mexicans.