The State House Ethics Committee has recommended that State Rep. Carlos Henriquez be expelled.
The full house will vote on the recommendation Thursday at 1 p.m.. House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo has already indicated that he plans to vote in favor of expelling Henriquez.
“The Representative was convicted of serious charges by a jury and found to have violated the Rules of the House. I will vote to follow the Committee’s recommendation to expel him,” DeLeo said in a statement.
If he is expelled, it will only be the second time in a century that lawmakers have taken such an action.
Henriquez is serving a six-month sentence after being convicted of assaulting a former girlfriend. Despite the conviction, he released a lengthy response via Twitter maintaining his innocence.
The Ethics Committee said if he were allowed to stay it would be in violation of rule 16A, saying they don't think he could do his job fairly.
Henriquez's attorneys said that he has been voting the entire time while awaiting trial and they believe he should not be kicked out of the legislature.