JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former state Rep. Alan Dick has been ordered to pay nearly $18,000 related to violations of state ethics rules, including living in his office.
A legislative ethics committee announced Wednesday that it had found Dick in violation of five allegations, including using state resources for his personal benefit by living in his Fairbanks legislative office with his wife and sometimes his son, off and on in August 2012 and for about a month between mid-October and mid-November of 2012.
The panel found that Dick performed campaign activities out of his legislative office in the lead-up to last fall's general election and required a legislative staffer on government time to prepare materials for a chamber debate. It also found what it called numerous violations related to Dick's 2012 legislative travel, saying that he "routinely" combined legislative travel with campaign activities, which is prohibited.
The panel said Dick received about $2,500 in reimbursement for eight different expenses from the Legislature while receiving reimbursements for similar expenses from his campaign account. The panel also found seven different expenses totaling about $980 that it said were reimbursed by the Legislature but not authorized or allowed under legislative travel guidelines.
The House Subcommittee of the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics said in the release that it dismissed three other allegations.
A message left at the number Dick used for last year's campaign went to voicemail Wednesday.
Dick, R-Nenana, served one term in the state House, after winning election in 2010. He lost re-election last year to Rep. David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks, after the two were forced into the same district under a new redistricting map.
Dick was known for his plain speaking and off-the-cuff remarks during his short term in the Legislature. One led to an apology after he suggested in March 2012 during a committee meeting that was considering abortion funding after he said a woman should get a signed permission slip from the father of the fetus before undergoing the procedure, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported at the time.