Still Waiting: We thought we would find out this past Thursday if a state ethics committee thought retired state trooper-turned State Rep. Clel Baudler could get into some trouble. Baudler doesn’t hide the fact he lied about his health when he applied to try to get a prescription for medical marijuana in California (it’s legal there). Baudler said he never actually tried to fill the prescription to help the hemorrhoids (which he says he doesn’t really have). Mike Pesce, of Des Moines, a legalize marijuana activist, filed the complaint with the ethics committee saying Baudler should get punished for breaking California law by lying on his application.
Lawmakers ended up delaying the ethics hearing Thursday and rescheduled it for Valentine’s Day Monday. Today, House Chief Clerk Charlie Smithson sent out this message letting us know the meeting won’t address the Baudler complaint Monday either. Here’s his message:
Due to scheduling logistics for some of the House Ethics Committee members:
1. The meeting on February 14 at noon for the House Ethics Committee will be a discussion on the proposed House Rules Governing Lobbyists ONLY.
2. There will be NO discussion on the Pesce v. Baudler Ethics Complaint. This issue will be the focal point of the next Ethics Committee meeting (not yet scheduled).
Thank you all.
Chief Clerk of the House