High Ranking State Senators, Governor, Could Face Ethics Investigation

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A formal complaint filed by four residents of Wyoming calls for an ethics investigation of State Senator Eli Bebout of Riverton, Senate President Phil Nicholas of Laramie, the 2016 members of the Senate Rules Committee, and Governor Matt Mead.

The complaint, filed by Jennifer Young, a one-time Wyoming Constitution Party candidate for secretary of state, and Campbell County residents Jeff Raney, and Vincent and Leah Naumu, alleges that Senator Bebout was in violation of the Wyoming Constitution, Wyoming Statutes, and Senate Ethics Rules, for voting on contracts awarded to his company, Nucor, Inc. The complaint was sent to Senator Nicholas and Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael earlier this week via email and the U.S. Postal Service.

The complaint states that Senator Bebout, through his company, Nucor, Inc., has had interest in many state contracts through the Department of Environmental Quality using Abandoned Mine Lands funds paying the company $26.7 million since 2011.

The letter also alleges an ethics violation of Senator Nicholas, stating that he and the Senate Rules Committee failed to enforce applicable ethics provisions in the Wyoming Constitution, Wyoming Statutes, and the Senate Rules. It is also indicated that the letter serves as an official complaint against Governor Mead for collaborating with a state senator in the awarding of contracts totaling over $26 million dollars.

The complaint ends with a request for Senate President Nicholas, due to his involvement with the alleged violations, to appoint an independent counsel to investigate the issues brought forth in the complaint.

A copy of the complaint has been attached below.

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