A day after resigning, ex-GOP speaker riles with rule change

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WKYT) - Jeff Hoover is not going quietly.

The former GOP House speaker in Kentucky, who resigned Monday because he said he did not want to be a distraction in the aftermath of signing a secret sexual harassment settlement, forced a vote on a change to House rules on Tuesday that could make it more difficult for lawmakers to discipline each other.

"If it’s about conduct to remove someone from the House, why was there not a complaint filed against the other three legislators involved? It’s about discrediting and destroying Jeff Hoover politically, that’s what it’s about," Hoover tells WKYT. "If it was really about discipline and regulating conduct why didn’t Phil Moffett file a complaint against the other three legislators?"

Eight Republicans have filed formal disciplinary charges against Hoover, asking a bipartisan committee to recommend removing him from the House. That committee could issue a subpoena for Hoover to testify, which could prompt a court challenge.

Hoover's proposed rule: If lawmakers seek expulsion of another lawmaker and are unsuccessful, they must pay the costs incurred by the lawmaker accused of misconduct. Lawmakers are expected to vote on it later Tuesday afternoon.



 
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