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UPDATE: Durham blasts fellow lawmakers as they weigh his explusion

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The Tennessee attorney general’s investigation found that state Rep. Jeremy Durham (R) engaged in inappropriate physical conduct toward women. AP photo The Tennessee attorney general’s investigation found that state Rep. Jeremy Durham (R) engaged in inappropriate physical conduct toward women. AP photo

UPDATE: (AP) - State Rep. Jeremy Durham says in a letter to colleagues that he won't attend a special legislative session that is expected to include a bid to oust the Franklin Republican.

Durham in an eight-page letter on Monday criticizes House Republican leadership for supporting an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him that he says are untrue.

Durham says he doesn't believe he will receive "due process" during an ouster proceeding but urges members to contact him to hear his explanations.

If the ouster effort succeeds, Durham will become the first sitting member of the General Assembly to be expelled in 36 years.

The special session was called by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to repeal a drunken driving law that threatens to cost the state $60 million in federal road money.


PREVIOUS STORY: (AP) - The last time Tennessee lawmakers took a vote to expel a sitting member of the General Assembly, the ousted representative issued a stern warning to his colleagues: "I won't be the last."

But for the next 36 years no other lawmaker has been booted under the Legislature's constitutional power to discipline or oust members deemed to have engaged in "disorderly behavior."

House Speaker Beth Harwell says that's likely to change during this week's special legislative session called to avoid losing $60 million in federal road money because of an underage drunken driving law.

Harwell says an effort to remove state Rep. Jeremy Durham has enough support to expel him. Durham is the subject of an attorney general's investigation that detailed allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with more than 20 women.

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