DFL files complaint over Republican lawmaker's letters to editors

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Minnesota’s Democratic Party asked an administrative judge to rule whether a Republican state representative broke the law when he wrote letters to newspapers that say four DFL lawmakers voted for billions in new taxes.

The Associated Press reports that the complaint against Rep. Greg Davids of Preston was filed with the Office of Administrative Hearings. It argues that Davids violated a law against false political claims when he wrote letters to the editor in districts of four Democrats. The letters portrayed a motion to advance the committee report on Gov. Dayton’s tax bill as endorsing $3.7 billion in new taxes.

The complaint said letting the tactic go unchecked would “effectively paralyze the Minnesota House” by forcing more debate and roll call votes on motions not meant to get into the substance of a measure.

Davids said he is confident in his interpretation of the votes.

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