NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Latest on a bid to oust a sitting Tennessee state legislator for the first time in 36 years. (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is lauding a House vote to expel a sitting member over a series of sexual harassment allegations.

Haslam spokeswoman Jennifer Donnals said in an email that “the governor agrees” with the decision to oust Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham of Franklin on a 70-2 vote on Tuesday.

Haslam had joined other GOP leaders in calling on Durham to resign in recent months as allegations against the lawmaker mounted. But Durham resisted those calls and took to the well of the chamber on Tuesday to deny most of the allegations and to urge his colleagues not to remove him.

Durham had already lost his Republican primary in August, but the ouster votes will prevent him from qualifying for a state pension once he reaches retirement age.

12:40 p.m.

Forty seven Republicans were joined by 23 Democrats to vote to oust GOP Rep. Jeremey Durham from the Tennessee state Legislature.

The 70 votes Tuesday were four more than the minimum needed to meet the constitutional threshold of two-thirds of the members needed for the House to eject a sitting member.

Two Republicans voted against the ouster. Fourteen GOP members abstained, along with two Democrats. Ten members were absent.

Durham faced allegations of sexual harassment detailed in a state attorney general’s report. He denied most of them.

The ouster marks the first time the Tennessee Legislature has ejected a sitting member since 1980. The only previous expulsions came when six members refused attend a special session to ratify the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1866.

12:15 p.m.

The Tennessee House has voted to expel Republican state Rep. Jeremy Durham following allegations of widespread sexual harassment.

The chamber voted 70-2 on Tuesday to expel a sitting member for the first time in 36 years.

Durham lost his GOP primary last month after a state attorney general’s investigation detailed allegations that he had had improper sexual contact with at least 22 women over the course of his four years in office.

The chamber’s move to formally expel Durham was made in an effort to prevent the lawmaker from qualifying from lifetime pension payments once he reaches retirement age.

Durham attended the special legislative session. He argued in an eight-page letter to colleagues that he was innocent of all sexual harassment allegations and that he would not be given a chance to mount a defense.


11:30 a.m.

Tennessee lawmakers are debating whether to oust a sitting member for the first time in 36 years.

The move to expel state Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham of Franklin follows an attorney general’s investigation that detailed allegations of improper sexual contact with at least 22 women over the course of his four years in office.

Durham attended the Tuesday session.

He took the well of the House to urge lawmakers not to remove him from office. He said it would set a dangerous precedent to oust him based on anonymous allegations.

The last member to be expelled from the General Assembly was then-Rep. Robert Fisher, who was ousted on a 92-1 vote in 1980. The Elizabethton Republican had been convicted of asking for a bribe to kill a bill.


6:30 a.m.

Tennessee lawmakers are planning to vote on a bid to oust a sitting member for the first time in 36 years.

The move to expel state Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham of Franklin follows an attorney general’s investigation that detailed allegations of improper sexual contact with at least 22 women over the course of his four years in office.

Durham has denied the allegations and said in a letter to colleagues that he does not plan to attend the Tuesday proceedings because he doesn’t believe he will receive a fair hearing.

The last member to be expelled from the General Assembly was then-Rep. Robert Fisher, who was ousted on a 92-1 vote in 1980. The Elizabethton Republican had been convicted of asking for a bribe to kill a bill.