Hearing scheduled on complaint against lobbyist

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A joint House and Senate ethics committee is meeting to hear a complaint against a lobbyist after a Colorado lawmaker says he the lobbyist threatened him.

Rep. Wes McKinley, a Democrat from Walsh, says lobbyist Nate Gorman shook his fist and “threatened to cut out my lying tongue” during confrontations over McKinley’s bill that would bar the sale of a Trinidad nursing home.

Gorman, who represents military veterans on the bill, denied making any threats.

Under legislative rules the three-member panel will hold hearings beginning Tuesday and report back to the Legislature on April 16. If charges are upheld, Gorman could be admonished or suspended from lobbying.

- Associated Press