BOSTON (AP) -- Members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives are deciding whether to kick one of their own colleagues out of the chamber -- something that hasn't happened in nearly a century.
The House is expected to debate a resolution on Thursday calling for the expulsion of Rep. Carlos Henriquez, a Boston Democrat who is serving a six-month jail sentence after being convicted last month of assaulting a former girlfriend.
Henriquez has resisted calls for his resignation from House Speaker Robert DeLeo and others. He continues to maintain his innocence and has questioned the fairness of his trial and sentence.
Rules established for Thursday's debate allow Henriquez to attend and address the House, but he cannot vote.
The House Ethics Committee says Henriquez violated a House rule that prohibit actions that "substantially impair their independence or judgment. "
The committee's vice chairman, Lowell Rep. David Nangle, will lead the proceedings. He replaces Marty Walsh, who resigned when he was elected mayor of Boston.