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House ethics committee will review complaint against DeLay

The House ethics committee said Tuesday that it will review a complaint from a Texas congressman that accuses House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a fellow Texan, of "serious criminal acts."

The committee said Democratic Rep. Chris Bell met House rules for filing such a complaint. The decision is largely procedural and does not address the merits of the allegations.

DeLay, a Republican, has called the complaint, which was filed last week, the product of a disgruntled lawmaker. Bell, a freshman, lost his re-election bid in Texas' March primaries after Republicans redrew his Houston district.

The committee's decision triggers a 45-day review of the complaint. -- House ethics panel to review Delay complaint (AP via Star-Telegram.com)