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


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – 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.

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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.