The office of House Speaker David Ralston just pushed out this statement:
“Upon receipt of the report from the Department of Revenue, House Ethics Committee Chairman Joe Wilkinson delivered the report to me. Legal counsel and I have reviewed the report, in conjunction with the law, and only one House member has not filed a personal income tax return with the Department of Revenue for tax year 2008.
As provided by law, Chairman Wilkinson will conduct an appropriate investigation consistent with the rules of the House Committee on Ethics and report the findings to me.”
The single House member was not identified. Last year, at least 19 House and Senate members received the letters. All of the senators and all but three House members were able to clear up the Revenue Department’s concerns or paid their outstanding tax bills, plus penalties, legislative leaders said.
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