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Probable cause hearing set in ethics complaint against Miami Rep. Fresen

The Florida Commission on Ethics has set a probable cause hearing in the ethics complaint against Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, over an alleged undisclosed voting conflict.

The hearing will be Oct. 21 in Tallahassee. It is not open to the public. Commission staff will present their findings and allow Fresen or his attorney to respond.

A Tallahassee woman filed the complaint in April after Fresen voted for a broad charter schools reform bill. Fresen's sister and brother-in-law work for Academica, which runs numerous charter schools in Florida. The woman, whose three children attend Leon County public schools, said Fresen should have disclosed a voting conflict on the proposal, HB 7195.

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