By The Associated Press

The Arizona Senate Ethics Committee's chair has dismissed an ethics complaint that one lawmaker filed against another.

Republican Rep. Brenda Barton of Payson had filed a complaint against Republican Sen. Rich Crandall of Mesa.

Barton said Crandall tried to use his committee chairmanship to bully her by threatening to not consider her bills. That was after Barton confronted a daughter of Crandall removing another lawmaker's campaign sign.

Ethics Committee Chair Linda Gray says she dismissed Barton's complaint because it would set a bad precedent and be a waste of time for lawmakers to file ethics complaints when committee chairmen don't hear bills.

The Glendale Republican also notes that Crandall has sent an apology to Barton.

The dismissal ends the ethics case unless at least two other Ethics Committee members object.