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Lawmaker sets hearing on Arizona Guard misconduct

PHOENIX — A state lawmaker plans to hold a hearing into
misconduct at the Arizona National Guard revealed in a newspaper and National
Guard investigation.

Rep. Debbie McCune Davis (D-Phoenix) is holding the hearing next week with only
Democrats. Republicans who chair Senate and House committees responsible for
overseeing the Guard refused her request for hearings.

The hearing will review a report done by the National Guard Bureau and released
this month. That report found misconduct uncovered by the Arizona Republic last
year was more pervasive than previously known. Allegations included sexual
abuses, narcotics trafficking, retaliation against whistle-blowers and abuses of
power.

Gov. Jan Brewer asked Guard commander Maj. Gen. Hugo Salazar to submit a
remediation plan but also said the report showed the state Guard “is not
broken.”

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