Committee to Consider Ousting Derrick Smith

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A lawmaker who recommends an indicted colleague face disciplinary action in the Illinois House says no member has been expelled since 1905 and the rules aren't always clear.

Rep. Dennis Reboletti is a member of the special committee that released a report Wednesday concluding there is enough evidence to pursue action against Rep. Derrick Smith.

The Chicago Democrat is accused of accepting a $7,000 bribe. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Reboletti says a committee will be set up within 30 days and function as a jury. He says 12 House members -- six from each party -- will hear evidence from two other members who will act as prosecutors.

If they decide Smith should be expelled, the full House would have to confirm their decision with a two-thirds vote.

 

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