The Latest: Arizona lawmaker suspended from committee post

FILE - This Feb. 14, 2017 file photo shows Arizona state Rep. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, on the House floor at the Capitol in Phoenix. The publisher of Arizona's largest newspaper has joined a growing list of women who say Shooter, subjected them to inappropriate sexual comments or actions. Arizona Republic Publisher Mi-Ai Parrish wrote in a column published online Friday, Nov. 10 that Shooter made an inappropriate comment to her during a meeting last year in his statehouse office about legislation the newspaper opposed. (AP Photo/Bob Christie,File)

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PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on allegations of sexual harassment against an Arizona state lawmaker (all times local):

1 p.m.

An Arizona lawmaker who has been accused of making inappropriate sexual comments or actions by several women has been suspended from his role leading a major committee.

Republican House Speaker J.D. Mesnard suspended Rep. Don Shooter from his role as chairman of the appropriations committee. That's one of the most powerful posts in the House outside of majority GOP leadership.

Friday's actions came as the publisher of Arizona's largest newspaper joined a growing list of women who say Shooter subjected them to inappropriate sexual comments or actions.

11:00 a.m.

The publisher of Arizona's largest newspaper has joined a growing list of women who say a top Republican state lawmaker subjected them to inappropriate sexual comments or actions.

Arizona Republic Publisher Mi-Ai Parrish wrote in a column published online Friday that state Rep. Don Shooter made an inappropriate comment to her during a meeting last year in his statehouse office about legislation the newspaper opposed.

Parrish wrote that Shooter told her he had done everything on his "bucket list" — except for "those Asian twins in Mexico."

Parrish is Asian-American.

Shooter is the subject of an Arizona House investigation launched this week after a lawmaker accused him of repeatedly making unwanted advances. He denies Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita's allegations, but other women have come forward with similar charges.

His attorney says Shooter requested the probe and has no additional comment.

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