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House panel concludes there's probable cause to punish Rep. Daisy Baez for not living in her district

Daisy Baez KeelerThere is enough evidence to conclude that freshman Rep. Daisy Baez failed to live in her Coral Gables district when she was sworn into office and should be sanctioned, or removed, by the state House, a House ethics panel concluded Tuesday .

Baez, a Democrat, was elected last year to House District 114 after having lived in her Coral Gables home, located in House District 112, since 2009. The five-member bipartisan House Select Committee on Member Conduct made its unanimous recommendation of probable cause Tuesday, after hearing a presentation by House investigators.

The House Committee on Ethics and Elections will take up the issue again on Thursday, when it will give Baez her first hearing, and decide whether she should be punished.

A complaint was filed in May after the Miami Herald reported that Baez appeared to continue to be living in her home on Malaga Avenue, a half mile away from the district she was elected to serve. Baez said at the time that she had two residences, including an apartment in her district on Anderson Avenue that she was renting. Story here.