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Minnesota Senate GOP files ethics complaint against Sen. Nicole Mitchell, citing burglary charge

Minnesota lawmakers grappled with the fallout of a state senator's burglary arrest on Wednesday, debating what should be done in response to a case that has cast uncertainty over the end of the legislative session.

Democrats in the Senate pulled bills from the floor and canceled a morning rules committee hearing so they could huddle behind closed doors about Sen. Nicole Mitchell, who's been charged with felony first-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into her stepmother's home to take some of her late father's belongings, including his ashes. Without Mitchell's vote, Democrats who hold the Senate by a one-seat margin can't advance a long list of bills they hope to pass by the end of the session.

Senate Republicans filed an ethics complaint against Mitchell on Wednesday, arguing she violated chamber rules that require members to "adhere to the highest standard of ethical conduct" when she allegedly broke into her stepmother's home in the middle of the night dressed in black. Republicans moved to expedite a hearing on their ethics complaint, but the motion failed with Democrats opposing it.


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