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Cost of Pam Roach investigations: $55,000

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 10, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
February 10, 2010 2:14 pm

The latest round of investigations involving state Sen. Pam Roach cost the state more than $55,000.

That’s according to documents released today by the Senate Facilities & Operations Committee, which issued a formal reprimand to Roach last month that led Senate Republicans to bar her from their caucus meetings.

Roach requested the committee reconsider the reprimand, but to no avail. The committee denied the request at its Monday meeting,  Senate Secretary Tom Hoemann said in a letter to Roach dated the same day.

The $55,413 cost was racked up by an outside law firm, Stokes Lawrence.

Attorney Chris Farias investigated two complaints filed April 23, 2009. One came from Sen. Mark Shoesler complaining about Roach’s berating of a Senate staff lawyer, and cost $23,082. The other was filed by Roach against Senate Republican Leader Mike Hewitt – over the so-called “mooning incident.”

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