Committee awaits rules before tackling Bentley impeachment articles

Published: May. 16, 2016 at 9:51 PM CDT|Updated: May. 16, 2016 at 11:21 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - While the trial for one Alabama state official is getting started, another is still waiting to get off the ground. Articles of impeachment on Gov. Robert Bentley still sit before the House Judiciary Committee where they will likely stay until at least June 6th. That's when new rules are due for the committee.

"We need to make sure what we come up with can stand the test of time," explained House Clerk Jeff Woodard.

The last time state lawmakers moved towards impeachment was more than 100 years ago. Now, they are trying to create rules which can last for the next 100.

"I would advise people to be patient," Woodard explained. "This is not something we want to take lightly."

Lawmakers have set up a new process to deal with impeachment, but more preliminary work is needed. Legislators state house staff members 30 days to give rules with how this will all play out in committee.

To figure out what to do, Woodard said he is looking at four states and the U.S. constitution to see how they moved forward. With the governor involved, the state will take it's time, because with something as important as this, Woodard doesn't want to make any mistakes.

"This is not something we want to be accused of getting wrong in the long run, and we are going to do everything we can to make sure it is done correctly," the clerk stated.

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