Idaho lawmaker expelled from House after federal conviction

The Idaho House of Representatives quickly expelled one of its members less than 24 hours after a Texas federal jury convicted him of a felony.

North Idaho Republican John Green’s guilty verdict on Wednesday put the House in a spin as it worked to determine the legal ramifications of a sitting House member receiving a felony conviction.

The Idaho Statesman reports that following a nearly two-hour House GOP caucus meeting Thursday, the House returned to floor and voted 65-0 to expel Green.

Green’s removal from the House is effective immediately, so the GOP committee from Green’s district has 15 days to name three possible replacements. That list will go to the governor, who then has 15 days to choose a replacement, according to state law.

That replacement will finish out the 2020 legislative session, which typically ends in late March.

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