Ethics complaint filed over seized vehicles provision

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina lawmaker has filed an ethics complaint against the House Rules Committee chairman about legislation in this year’s General Assembly session about seized motor vehicles.

Rep. George Cleveland of Jacksonville told media outlets Friday he initiated his complaint recently against Rep. David Lewis of Dunn with the Legislative Ethics Committee.

Complaints aren’t public records. Cleveland won’t release his but said it centered on whether a state agency or contractors should tow and sell vehicles of serious repeat driving offenders.

Cleveland wanted the work performed by a state office. Lewis acknowledged he got a law passed that would keep contracting the work next year. A Lewis campaign donor owns a company currently holding a regional contract.

Lewis said Friday he hadn’t seen the complaint and he’s done nothing wrong.

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