January 21, 2020 •
The Idaho House of Representatives voted unanimously to expel Rep. John Green, a day after a Texas federal jury convicted him of a felony. Rep. Green refused to resign from Seat B of House District 2 following a guilty verdict. […]
The Idaho House of Representatives voted unanimously to expel Rep. John Green, a day after a Texas federal jury convicted him of a felony.
Rep. Green refused to resign from Seat B of House District 2 following a guilty verdict.
The Idaho Attorney General’s Office sent House Speaker Scott Bedke a letter stating based on a review of the Idaho Constitution and state law, under the felony conviction, Green has lost his qualifications for office.
It was also noted in the letter the House is the judge of the qualifications of its own members.
Expelling a House member requires a two-thirds vote of the 70-member body.
With no debate, comment, or discussion the House voted 65-0 to expel Green.
It is the first time a lawmaker has been expelled from the Idaho Legislature.
Gov. Brad Little nominated Tim Kastning to serve as acting state representative during Green’s temporary absence for the trial.
The District 2 Republican Party now has 15 days to present three possible candidates to forward to the governor to choose a replacement.
January 11, 2013 •
Commission would be formal standing committee
The Idaho Legislature is exploring the idea of creating an independent ethics commission. The new speaker of the house, Representative Scott Bedke, says that house lawmakers are working on the details of what such a commission would look like.
The commission would be a formal standing ethics committee, although Rep. Bedke did not specify whether a proposed commission would be completely independent of the legislature.
Idaho is among the small minority of states that do not have an ethics commission.
Photo of the Idaho Capitol Rotunda by Kencf0618 on Wikipedia.