Meeting on governor’s impeachment is today

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Alabama’s House Judiciary Committee is slated to hold a meeting on impeachment today, the first such meeting since then-Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange asked the committee in November to put its investigation into claims about Gov. Robert Bentley on hold.

A spokesman for the House of Representatives said the committee will meet today to decide a procedural question.

The investigation into Bentley’s possible impeachment, which began almost a year ago, is based upon allegations of an improper personal and professional relationship with a staffer.

Rep. Mike Jones, R-Andalusia, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, said last month he expects the committee to be done with the process by the time the session ends in May.

If the committee recommended impeachment, the full House would then vote upon the matter. If the House voted to impeach, Bentley would be immediately suspended, pending the outcome of a trial in the Senate.