Ala. House sets up impeachment process but may have killed current impeachment bill against Bentley
MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - The Alabama House of Representatives voted to set up a process for impeachment, but added a rule that may have killed articles of impeachment currently pending in the legislative session.
House members voted 78 - 14 to approve a resolution introduced by Rep. Matt Fridy, a Montevallo Republican, to create a process to handle impeachment legislation.
The resolution empowers the House Judiciary Committee to begin an investigation when 21 House members bring impeachment charges. The committee could meet at any time, even when the legislature is not in session.
Once an investigation is complete, the committee would present a report to the House. If three-fifths of the members, or 63 votes, approve, the House would would consider impeachment.
A simple majority, or 53 votes, would pass impeachment and send it to the Alabama Senate.
The requirement of 21 House members to bring impeachment charges was an amendment during the debate. The initial resolution called for 10 members to bring charges. Raising the number of co-sponsors may kill a bill by Rep. Ed Henry, a Hartselle Republican.
Rep. Henry currently has 11 co-sponsors on a bill listing four articles of impeachment against Gov. Robert Bentley. Henry says Gov. Bentley should be impeached for willful neglect of duty, corruption in office, incompetency and moral turpitude.
Gov. Bentley has dismissed impeachment efforts as political grandstanding.
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