North Texas

Ejected State Lawmaker Could Face State House Investigation

A North Texas lawmaker could face a state House investigation after a colleague accused him of helping to pad witness lists for a bill he supported and had him removed from a committee meeting.

State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, accused state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, on Thursday night of participating in efforts to list witnesses who hadn't actually come to the Capitol to testify on Stickland's bill to ban red-light cameras.

After a heated exchange between the two, Pickett had Stickland removed from a Transportation Committee hearing, according to video of the confrontation.

The chair of the House General Investigating and Ethics Committee says it will look into how electronic witness documents are used and possibly abused, but he added that "no individual member is targeted" as of now.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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