Former Washington state Rep. Susan Fagan has agreed to reimburse taxpayers after filing false expense reports.

Washington State Representative Susan Fagan, R-Pullman, is resigning her seat amid allegations of multiple ethics violations.

The state probe into ethics allegations against former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is being halted, at least for now.

The Oregon Department of Administrative Services has requested a criminal investigation over the matter of who leaked some sensitive emails to the media.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber tried to quell rampant speculation about his political future Wednesday, with a statement saying he has no plans to resign.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has opened an investigation of Governor John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.

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Washington Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has agreed to a $15,000 ethics fine. The settlement announced Friday stems from the five-term Democrat’s use of state resources to operate a non-profit with his wife.

Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board is tackling the issue of how often lawmakers can accept meals from lobbyists. The Board spent nearly two hours behind closed doors Thursday discussing a complaint against several lawmakers who dined out regularly with lobbyists last session.

The complaint was triggered by our investigation with the Associated Press into lawmakers who accept free meals from lobbyists. That’s permitted if legislative business is discussed, but only on an infrequent basis.

Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board has launched an investigation into lobbyist-paid meals for lawmakers.

The inquiry follows our reporting with the Associated Press on lawmakers who dine out the most with lobbyists. The investigation was triggered by a formal citizen complaint filed last month – a complaint that’s just now coming to light.

It alleges five Republican state senators violated Washington’s ethics law by eating out regularly at lobbyist expense. They were the top five on our list of frequent diners.

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber wants permission to make a little extra cash on the side. The state's Ethics Commission is poised to sign off on the Democrat's request to earn money through out-of-state speaking engagements.

During the eight years between his second and third terms as governor, John Kitzhaber became a nationally sought-after speaker on health care policy. The governor recently asked the state's ethics panel it would be okay, now that he's in office, to continue to accept such invitations.