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Sansom hearings set for Aug. 4

House Rules Chairman Bill Galvano said he is sending out a letter to lawmakers today setting the first legislative hearing into Rep. Ray Sansom's dealings with Northwest Florida State College for Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 "We will be requesting that Rep. Sansom respond to the complaint at the Aug. 4 meeting,'' said Galvano, R-Bradenton. The letter says: "A brief statement either admitting or denying the allegations in the complaint is all that is necessary at this time.''

The organizational meeting will "review where we are and how we're going to proceed from here," he said.

Sansom must face an investigation from his peers after an investigator found probable cause that he damaged "faith and confidence" in the Florida House. The findings are based on Sansom's funneling millions of taxpayer dollrs to the Panhandle college and his role in funding an airport building wanted by a private developer. The panel could recommend sanctions, such as a fine or removal from office. Download Letter to Sansom (Aug 4)