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Spain Complaint Dismissed Against Colorado Official

DENVER (AP) – A Colorado official’s trip to Spain didn’t violate state ethics rules.

The Denver Post reports that Public Utilities Commissioner Matt Baker has been cleared of wrongdoing. The Independent Ethics Commission cleared Baker Tuesday in a complaint related to a trip last year to Seville, Spain.

Baker was reimbursed by a company owned by the Spanish government for the November trade mission. The ethics panel was considering whether Baker violated Amendment 41, which includes the cap on what public officials can receive.

Baker met with executives of 15 companies interested in doing business in Colorado, according to a statement issued through the PUC. Baker said the governor’s office also approved the trip.

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