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FORT WORTH(CBSDFW.COM) – A state representative from Bedford is facing an ethics investigation at the state Capitol in Austin.

Jonathan Stickland is accused of faking support for one of his own bills.

The flap came at a transportation committee meeting.  One of the hot topics up for discussion is the controversial bill banning red light cameras.  But the Republican lawmaker was kicked out of the meeting before it could start.

The committee chairman had Stickland escorted out.  There’s suspicion Stickland signed names of people who were in favor of the red light ban who weren’t even at the meeting.

Normally witnesses who want to show support for a bill have to be physically present at the meeting.
In this case, the committee head believes names may have been put down to make it look like there was more support for the bill then there actually was.

That could be an ethics violation.

There is an investigation underway into all the witness forms filled out at the hearing.

CBS11 reached out to Stickland’s office Friday.  We were referred to a political consultant who has not yet responded.

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