North Carolina lawmaker resigns after being scrutinized over campaign finances

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina lawmaker under scrutiny for his campaign finance reports has resigned from the General Assembly.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Democratic state Rep. Ty Harrell submitted his resignation on Sunday. Harrell said he needs to focus on answering questions about his campaign finances and on his young sons. He and his wife are in the midst of divorce proceedings.

Two weeks ago, House Speaker Joe Hackney asked the Legislative Ethics Committee to determine whether Harrell's activities "amount to violations of the Legislative Ethics Act, or the criminal law, or both."

The request for an ethics examination comes as the State Board of Elections is performing an audit of Harrell's campaign finances. Harrell, whose District 41 includes Raleigh, was in his second two-year term.

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