June 23, 2018
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Maine House member's ethics hearing set

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine House Ethics Committee has scheduled a hearing at the State House for Tuesday to take up the case of Rep. Richard Blanchard, who was involved in a Fourth of July fireworks incident at his camp.

The Old Town Democrat has drawn criticism for his actions when two fire marshals and a game warden showed up at his camp in Enfield after fireworks were set off. A report says Blanchard may have attempted to use his office to receive preferential treatment during the incident.

The Ethics Committee expects to hear from several participants and witnesses to the incident. Blanchard’s attorney, Gerard Conley Jr. of Portland, says witnesses for Blanchard will give a different account of what happened.

The House Ethics Committee’s membership includes four Democratic and four Republican representatives.

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