Ethics Passes on Space’s Driving Violation

Posted April 2, 2009 at 5:05pm

The House ethics committee voted Thursday against investigating Rep. Zack Space (D-Ohio) after the lawmaker was cited for driving without a valid license in his home state on March 28.“The Committee considered the alleged conduct involved, as well as Representative Space’s public acknowledgment of his violation and his payment of the fine associated with the violation,— read a statement issued by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. “The Committee concluded the violation to be a de minimus (minor) matter for which review by an Investigation Subcommittee is not required,— the statement concluded.Under a House rule approved in 2007, whenever a Member is “indicted or otherwise informally charged with criminal conduct,— the ethics panel is required within 30 days to either empanel an investigative subcommittee or issue a report detailing its decision not to do so.