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Case closed between Reps. Janet Long and Ellyn Bogdanoff

A formal complaint by Rep. Janet Long, D-Seminole, against Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, was dismissed Wednesday by the House Rules chairman, Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton. But in his two-page letter, Galvano made clear he didn't approve of Bogdanoff's alleged conduct and that he has "admonished" her regarding Long's allegations.

Long Long, left, had filed the complaint April 27, accusing Bogdanoff, right, a candidate Ellyn for a state Senate seat, of verbally threatening her five days earlier on the House floor over a bill Bogdanoff felt was being bottled up in part because of Long.

"Threatening another member on the floor of the House is not behavior that promotes public confidence in the integrity of the House," Galvano wrote. "The conduct alleged in the complaint, if true, merits an apology from Rep. Bogdanoff, and I have admonished her regarding these allegations. I find that the alleged violation is de minimis and has been corrected by informal means; thus the complaint has been disposed of."  

Galvano also chastised Long for disclosing her complaint to the news media before he had a chance to review it for legal sufficiency. "Publicizing a complaint prior to it becoming public pursuant to House rules does little to promote public confidence or the fair and efficient administration of House Rule 16.2."

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:37am]

    

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