Judge orders hearing on Leidiger campaign-paid speeding ticket [UPDATED]

Administrative Law Judge Richard C. Luis of the Office of Administrative Hearings has ruled that the complaint filed by the DFL Party against Rep. Ernie Leidiger regarding paying a speeding ticket out of campaign funds represents a prima facie violation of Minnesota Statutes § 211B.12.  Luis has ordered that a prehearing conference and evidentiary hearing take place in the next 90 days

At the hearing, both sides will be allowed to present evidence about “whether Representative Leidiger’s $178 expenditure was for a permitted political purpose reasonably related to the conduct of his election campaign, or whether the funds were converted to personal use in violation of the statute.”

The full order by Judge Luis is below:

[UPDATE]:  A prehearing conference on this case has been scheduled for April 4.

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