NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Latest on a special legislative session in Tennessee (all times local):
A lawmaker says she’s preparing to introduce a resolution to expel a fellow Tennessee House representative who is facing sexual harassment allegations.
State Rep. Susan Lynn announced the plan Tuesday to seek the expulsion of fellow Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham. A recently released report from the state attorney general’s office detailed allegations that Durham had improper sexual contact with at least 22 women over his four years in office.
Lynn said giving notice of the resolution would allow Durham a chance to attend the chamber’s debate before it takes a vote. In a letter to colleagues, Durham denied the allegations and said he would not attend because he wasn’t being granted due process.
The last time the Legislature expelled a sitting member was 36 years ago.
A special legislative session is underway to take up a repeal of a drunken driving law that threatens to cost Tennessee $60 million in federal road money.
The House is also expected to take up an effort to oust Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham following an attorney general’s report that detailed allegations of improper sexual contact with at least 22 women over the course of his four years in office.
Durham did not attend the floor session on Monday, saying in a letter to colleagues that he does not believe he will be granted due process to defend against the allegations that he says are untrue.
A new law that went into effect in July ran afoul of federal zero-tolerance standards for underage drivers by raising the maximum allowable blood alcohol content from 0.02 percent to 0.08 percent.
State Rep. Jeremy Durham says in a letter to colleagues that he won’t attend a special legislative session that is expected to include a bid to oust the Franklin Republican.
Durham in an eight-page letter on Monday criticizes House Republican leadership for supporting an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him that he says are untrue.
Durham says he doesn’t believe he will receive “due process” during an ouster proceeding but urges members to contact him to hear his explanations.
If the ouster effort succeeds, Durham will become the first sitting member of the General Assembly to be expelled in 36 years.
The special session was called by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to repeal a drunken driving law that threatens to cost the state $60 million in federal road money.