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State ethics panel clears state Rep. Jamie Grant and others in Hardee County economic development investigation

Two state lawmakers have been cleared of alleged ethics violations regarding their involvement in a project to bring high-tech jobs to a poor, rural Florida county.

The state Commission on Ethics found “no probable cause” that either state Rep. Jamie Grant or state Rep. Ben Albritton misused their elected position.

They were accused of wrongly benefiting themselves in the Hardee County development project.

The commission also dismissed a complaint against Hardee County Commissioner Sue Birge. That allegation had been that she had “misused her position to … benefit herself and her son.”

Grant is a Republican who represents eastern Pinellas County and northwest Hillsborough County in the Florida House of Representatives.

Albritton, a Wauchula Republican, represents DeSoto and Hardee counties and part of Polk County.

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