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GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The flap over letters sent to legislators that appeared to reverse a high-ranking North Carolina Department of Transportation official’s previous statements on two toll projects is heading to the State Ethics Commission.

The Senate Rules Committee voted along party lines Thursday to send the case to the ethics panel for further review.

Aides of Gov. Bev Perdue edited letters sent under a transportation department executive’s electronic signature to legislators before a key budget vote. The executive was out of pocket at the time of the edits and later disavowed the letters.

Rules Chairman Sen. Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville said it’s time for the commission to evaluate whether the changes were designed to mislead the Senate.

Democrats on the committee said there’s nothing to show anyone tried to deceive legislators.

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